Train to Impossible Places - Letter writing resource


The Train to Impossible Places

All aboard for a magical journey…

When Suzy hears a strange rattling noise in the middle of the night, she creeps downstairs to find a train roaring through her house.
But this is no ordinary train. This is the magical delivery express for The Union of Impossible Places.

Whisked onboard by a troll boy called Wilmot, Suzy’s world is turned upside down when she’s given the job of delivering a cursed package to the fearsome sorceress, Lady Crepuscula.

Except when the mysterious package begs not to be delivered, Suzy discovers the fate of the Impossible Places might just be in her hands…

• Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2019
• Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2019
• Shortlisted for the IBW Book Awards 2019

For all librarians in Impossible Places… this activity pack contains a magical journey for you and your groups to embark upon…

The activities included focus in particular on letter writing. They use a series of ‘Top Tips’ from Postmaster and resident letter-writing expert, Wilmot Grunt, to encourage readers to interrogate the components of a successful letter. The activities also include reading comprehension questions to support and elevate understanding of the text and to improve reading inference, retrieval and predictive skills, as well as providing opportunities for your group to immerse themselves in P. G. Bell’s magical world, where impossible becomes possible…

It’s time to jump on board!

Don’t forget to share all of your activities with us – including your letters and magical stamps – on Twitter at @Usborne and with @petergbell

Look out for the next installment in The Train to Impossible Places series, The Great Brain Robbery, coming October 2019.


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