In every My Life book I include a story that I’ve brainstormed with kids as I travel around to schools and festivals. I thank all the brainstormers in the back of the book. I love the idea that kids can influence the course of a story before it’s published. In the new book, My Life & Other Weaponised Muffins, kids helped brainstorm the story ‘Runaway Car’.
In the next book, which I’m writing now, I want you to help me with a chilling guinea pig kidnap story called ‘Hostage’. Here’s the setup…
Tom Weekly comes home from school one day to find his evil sister Tanya (who is definitely not based on my sister, pictured with me, above) in his bedroom holding Gus, his pet guinea pig, out the window. She says, ‘Give me all your money or the guinea pig gets it!’
‘What?’ Tom asks.
‘Give me all your money or I drop your guinea pig out the window onto the concrete.’
‘But… I don’t have any money.’
‘LIAR!’ she screams. ‘What about your birthday money?’
‘Okay, settle down.’
Tom puts down his school bag and rolls back the rug in the middle of his bedroom floor, revealing the trapdoor where he hides his lollies, comics and cash. As he unlocks the padlock Tom looks up at Gus who stares back at him with eyes like small black marbles, pleading with Tom to follow her instructions. A couple of little round poop nuggets fall from the guinea pig’s bottom.
Tom needs to hold onto his money while saving the guinea pig’s life. How does he do it?
Leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post with your first name and your idea and I will thank you in the back of the next book, out March 2018. I’ll try to include as many ideas as I can!