All About Mark Powers
Author Mark Powers has been making up ridiculous stories since primary school and is slightly shocked to find that people now pay him to do it. As a child he always daydreamed that his teddy bear went off on top secret missions when he was at school, so a team of toys recruited as spies seemed a great idea for a story. He grew up in north Wales and now lives in Manchester. His favourite animals are the binturong, the aye-aye and the dodo.
Mark’s School Visits
Mark can offer up to 4 sessions a day, which can be made up of a combination of workshops and presentations for KS2 pupils.
Spy Toys presentation. An assembly-type event for any size group. Includes a reading, info on how to be a writer, a quiz and Q&A.
“Show, Don’t Tell”. For single class groups; workshops are one hour long. Using examples from his own books and lots of class participation, Mark explains and demonstrates the creative writing technique of Show, Don’t Tell – encouraging children to bring their writing alive with clear, vibrant description that engages the reader’s attention.
Toy Story meets James Bond in this incredibly action-packed new series. Spy Toys are going to take the world by storm!
The world’s leading toy manufacturer makes playthings for the rich and famous, and every toy they create contains a tiny computerised brain and a unique personality. These toys are seriously awesome! But every so often there’s a faulty toy …
Dan is a Snugaliffic Cuddlestar bear – he should be perfect for hugging. But because of a faulty chip, Dan is so strong he could crush a car! Thrown on to the rejects pile, he meets Arabella, a Loadsasmiles Sunshine Doll, who has a very short temper and is absolutely NOT good with children. Soon Dan, Arabella and Flax (a custom-made police robot rabbit gone AWOL) are recruited by the mysterious Auntie Roz, and together they make up THE SPY TOYS.
Their first mission: to protect the prime minister’s son from being kidnapped …!
SPY TOYS: OUT OF CONTROL
Fresh from the success of their first mission, our heroes the Spy Toys – Dan the Snugaliffic Cuddlestar bear, Arabella the Loadsasmiles Sunshine Doll and Flax the custom-made police robot rabbit – are ready for their next task. This time, the secret code that controls every Snaztacular Ultrafun toy has been stolen and all over the world toys are revolting and turning against the children who own them.
Can Arabella disguise herself as a super-sweet little doll in order to find out more from the daughter of Snaztacular’s top scientist? Can Dan and Flax chase down Jade the Jigsaw, the puzzling prime suspect for the robbery? And can they save the day before the mind-controlled toys forget what it means to play nice?
SPY TOYS: UNDERCOVER
When the world’s most famous chocolate factory disappears, it is up to the Spy Toys to find out the truth – and fast! If the chocolate runs out, there could be riots from children everywhere! The Spy Toys are sent undercover into a school where they need to disguise themselves as regular pupils. Could this be their toughest challenge yet? They’ll need all their wits about them to defeat this baddie. And one thing is for sure: these kids don’t play nice!
Reviews and Recommendations
“I’ve had nothing but positive feedback about your visit and conditions allowing, we will certainly have you back in the future.”
Gary Crilly – Librarian – Barrs Hill School, Coventry
“Thanks for a great day. The kids really enjoyed it.”
Lynn Houston – Junior Dept -Anglesey Primary School, Birmingham
“Great day. Kids and staff got a load out of it.”
Jai Stark – Deputy Headteacher – JH Godwin Primary School, Chester
“It got the children very all fired up!”
Michelle Banks – Deputy Head & Literacy Coordinator – South Walney Junior School, Barrow-in-Furness
To Make a Booking
To make an enquiry about Mark Powers, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org