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STEP BY WICKED STEP

(PART 1)
It is raining. Mr. Plumley and five pupil from Stagfire School are going to a haunted house in a minibus. Ralpha,
Claudia, Robbo, Collin and Pixie have been picked out by Miss ODell and herded into the minibus with Mr. Plumley.
When they reach Creepsville, they think it is haunted. The last group tells tales of strange shadows and footsteps and
eerie figures in white gown melting through the walls.
There are no lights and Mr. Plumley is horrified to settle the pupils in pitch dark. They go upstairs as they pass by oil
painted portraits of Harwicks of all ages staring at them. As it is a rainy night, Pixie preferred safety in numbers. They
have a rule each bedroom is for either girls or boys. Mr. Plumley does not know the rule. He tells the pupils to settle
in while he goes to look for the housekeeper.
Robbo decides to explore two or three more stairs. He finds two more beds and a bathroom. The boys take the
present room meanwhile Claudia and Pixie take the other. Colin points at the wall. He insists there is a door on the
wall. When there is lightning, all of them see the wall papered door meeting the wall papered wall.
As they enter the room, cobwebs indicate no one has been there. A tower off a tower. The shelf, desk and chair are
filled with dust. Claudia sees a wooden cow balancing on three legs. She strokes its nose. Suddenly, she hears a soft
sound behind her. Robbo sets a globe of the world to spin on its axis.
By looking around, they came to a conclusion that the last child who slept in it came from a rich family. They find out
it is a boys room. Claudia notices a dusty green album in spidery writing on the cover. Richard Clayton Harwick
My Story. Read and Weep.
They hear the faint rumble of the bus. The other children have arrived. The 5 children rush to their rooms and
pretend to be fast asleep. They do not want to miss the chance to read the album. Not many get a chance to peep into
someone elses life and not many people are brave enough to tell you their story.
By the time Miss ODell and Mr. Plumley come to the first tower room, they think that the children are fast asleep due
to tiredness. Miss ODell continues to say that the five children have something in common.
Mr. Plumley is puzzled as nothing seemed to be common in the five. Pixie is a trouble maker. Claudia is sensible.
Ralph is quick-witted and hardworking unlike Colin who likes to daydream. Robbo is soccer-mad. As Miss ODell
goes down, the lights come again. She shuts the tower door leaving the five children who have been listening to their
conversation.

(PART 2)Richards Story


The five children are waiting in an old house for the rest of their school group to arrive. They come across an old
manuscript written by a boy who ran away when his mother remarried after his fathers death.
Richards StoryMaster Richards father had a fever. His mother tried her best to coax his father to eat something- but it was of no use.
Richard asked George the gardener about his father. Richard calls him Mr Digby. Mr Digby did not answer him but
hugged him hard instead. Lucy the maid sat by Richards bedside. When Richard asked if it was going to be today,she
placed her finger on his lips and said Hush! Dont even speak of it. Little Charlotte called out to Richard and told him
that Papa wanted to see him. He dashed as fast as he could. He came across Reverend Coldstone but did not stop
although he was asked to. The reverend was angry. His mother was waiting at the doorway and reminded him not to
cry. His father asked him to be good to his mother and sister. His last words were Obey your mothers wishes to the
letter.
At the chapel, Mr. Coldstone consoled his mother. Richard heard him say -When you are mine. Richard studied at
Mordanger school. He hated it there. Now he was home. Charlotte realized that Richard hated his stepfather. Richard
accuses that Charlotte had forgotten about their father. Charlotte denied it and advised him not to accuse Mr
Coldstone as the murderer when their father died of fever. Nevertheless, Richard had decided to leave the three of
them.
Richard wrote in his diary that he worked in a ship. Whenever he wrote about Mr Coldstone, he refered to him as the
black bat. Twice his ship stopped at his hometown and he visited his home only to stand like a trespasser. It had been
a long time since Richard had been home. Suddenly, he saw a note on the Captains table. He found out that his
mother and stepfather had died. Charlotte wrote him a letter. In the letter, Charlotte wrote that things had been
difficult as their mother spent a lot of money looking for him and they all suffered Mr Coldstones anger. Charlotte
married Charles Devere although she did not love him because he had money and was willing to spend it to look for
Richard. This would be the only letter from her.

(PART 3) Claudias Story


Claudias Story: Green Pyjamas
Claudias Mum and Dad quarreled a lot.One day, her Dad was gone to Grannys house. However, he dropped by for
tea. Claudia overheard the name Stella. Her Mum and even Granny had a row with Dad. Dad usually met Claudia at
Grannys. She missed her Dad so much. The times spent with her Dad kept flooding back. She wanted things back the
way they used to be. For the first time, Claudia had a separate Christmas. Later, she was introduced to Stella who was
just plain and mousy. Claudia thought her mum was a whole lot better-looking than Stella. Claudia was rude when
they went for a walk. Once back, they quarreled and the next day, Dad moved out of Grannys house straight into with
Stella.
Claudia met her Dad off and on. Stella stayed out of it. She only made some light conversation with Claudia like
asking about her friends and school. Those moments she would be thinking of her mum doing the house chores. After
talking to her friend, Shreela, Claudia stopped blaming Stella. Dad and Stella arranged a party for their friends.
Claudia was sent there for the day. Politely, she excused herself from the party and stayed in her room. Stella was
relieved. Out of curiosity, Claudia decided to eavesdrop. She wore the green pyjamas given by Stella as it was the exact
shade of green of the giant fern. She sat beside the fern and listen to everything the adults downstairs were talking.
The guests spoke about everything except about Mum, Dad, Stella or Claudia. Nobody praised Stella for the food nor
even spoke to her. Claudia found that very rude as her Mum was not there. Claudia, unable to stand the treatment
Stella was getting, made a grand appearance at the party and thanked Stella for the beautiful pyjamas she had brought
for her. Finally, everyone started noticing Stella. As for Claudia and Stella, this was the starting point.Stella would
teach Claudia how to quilt, read maps, change electric plugs and how to skate.

(PART4)
Colins Story: The Bluebird of HappinessColin describes his stepfather whom he calls dad. He has thought of him as his biological father all the while. His dad
looks like him. His dad has dark hair with some grey patches around his ears. His dad used to roll his own cigarettes
out of tobacco in a tin. His dad calls him by many nick names- Col, Collie, Sonny-boy, Buster, Mr Bluebird. Colins
mum works in a shop. His dad walks him to school and back. His dad got him his tea and took him to the park. At the
park, he used to swing as high as the bar, he swings back in such a way that his dad would call him The Bluebird of
Happiness.
Then, Colins mum took him and moved away. It happened when Colins father had gone to spend a day with his
sister. Two friends of his mum came with a van and packed everything. Then they went off. At first, he thought his dad
will join them later. Colin was not happy- school mates would snigger when he did not understand things. Mum found
a job at a canteen. She would be busy doing household chores when she came home. Mum was too busy to listen to
him. He compared her with his dad- his dad used to talk to him and remembered names of his friends and teachers.
Colin asked his mother many times about his dad. He wanted to know when his dad will come home.
His mother did give him a hint about his father not having a proper job. He realized later that his mother did not leave
any clues for his dad to follow. He then wrote a letter to his dad. But there was no reply.
Every night, Colin would take the tobacco tin out of the toe of his boot and put it under his pillow. Then, he would
hum his favourite song which was also his dads favourite. He would stay awake for hours talking to his dad. He
pretended that his dad was there. Colin said that it was as if his mother thought that whatever is happening is actually
happening only to her. Then one day when he returned home from school, he realized that his mum had thrown away
his boots. The boots were too small for him but she did not know that there was a tobacco tin hidden in there. He did
not bother to tell her because she wouldnt have liked it.
It has been five years, eight months and seven days and Colin still remembers hit dad. He secretly writes his dads
name and his old address on the forms at school. Colin also tries to save money- he does three paper rounds. He will
not try to look for his dad now- perhaps someday when he has enough money.
Colin hums slowly and when asked to sing, he says that he is saving the words till he finds his dad. It was his favourite
song- The Bluebird of Happiness. His friend Ralph consoled him by saying that someday Colin will find his dad.

(PART 5)
Ralphs Story: A Tale of Three Stepmothers
Ralph has two brothers, two half-brothers, one half-sister, three stepbrothers, one stepsister,three stepmothers, one stepfather, two
step-grandmothers and a step-grandfather. Living in a big family is no joke. After school on Mondays and Thursdays, he goes
directly to Dads place. His mum or his step dad, Howard sends him. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, he goes straight to his
Mums place. At times, he will be lost not knowing where to go. The lunchboxes help. M for Mickey Mouse and Mum, D for Dumbo
and Dad. If he is lost, he has to look at his lunch box to confirm his destination. Edward and George are his brothers. The boys liked
Annabel, stepmother No. 1. The only problem was she never left the boys alone with their dad.
Edward and George hated this. Dad and Annabel spent all their time kissing and cuddling. Annabel was always on a diet. She
disapproved of coffee. So the boys had to drink Dandelion tea every morning. She loved to read out her star sign forecast in the
mornings and again in the evenings. Sometimes, she even tried to look at Edward and George to tell their aura. However, the boys
would deny anything she said.
Yet, their dad would not feel embarrassed.
One day, Brandy, Ralphs cat was sent over as their Mum was varnishing the hall. The three boys took Brandy in a cage. Edward had
made it from a broken milk bottle crate and bits of wire. Annabel was annoyed and blamed them to be cruel as Brandy did not have
room to breathe. Dad distracted her by pointing out that they were out of bread. Annabel insisted in baking. The poor boys were
starving to death. So, they went to the shops. They boys ate three large loaves and before they came home, they brushed away the
crumbs. Dad was praising of how the dough had risen.
When Annabel left it on the table, Brandy leapt up on the table and sniffed the dough. Then, Brandy lifted its paw and patted the
dough. Next, Brandy curled himself comfortably into the dough. Annabel went mad. Dad tried to stick up for Brandy. The spell
between Annabel and Dad was broken. In the end, Annabel ran off with someone and Dad searched high and low to get the divorce
papers signed.
The boys did not miss her as she was more of dads girlfriend than a real stepmother.
Dad then focused his attention on Janet, who was more keen on rules. However, Dad liked it. Edward and George did not mind as
they were able to spend ample time with Dad. On the other hand, Janet was busy rushing her children to the doctors, dentist and
school.
Janets own children, Tom, Joe and Doug and Ann moved in with the three boys.
Tom and Ann could get along with Ralph but not Joe and Doug. Mum and Howard though Janet was wonderful. Janet could draw
up proper schedule and Mum hardly bothered as she found Janet was easy to deal with. Due to the rules, Ralph knew he could pick
up rules in no time if he was ever anywhere. Finally Janet left. She got fed up with
Mum and Dad as they were taking advantage of her. Dad kept fixing up work trips on the days the boys were there. He told Janet
that she had four children and another three would not make any difference. Mum started sneaking Victors romper suit hoping that
Janet would come across them and get the stains out before sending them back. So, Janet left. The boys had a wonderful time after
that. Unfortunately, it was only for a short period of time. Stepmother Number 3, Flora, came into the picture. Edward met her lying
on Dads patio with hardly any clothes on. She had the cheek to tell Edward to cover up as she was enjoying the sun. George met
Flora when they went shopping. Flora was dumping treats like strawberries, kiwi fruits, waffles, Belgian chocolates into the trolley.
Dad was looking into the wallet, gloomily. Ralph went the next day. When he rang the bell, Flora opened and enquired. Ralph
introduced himself. Flora blew her top as she did want to be a nanny. She took Ralph out for a Chinese Dinner and to watch a film.
Then she met some friends and went to a coffee bar. At that time, Ralph informed his Dad of their whereabouts. Dad was furious and
scolded Flora. Flora was cool and told him not to dump the children on her before checking her schedule. Ralph thought she was
wonderful although she did all sorts of terrible things to him. Flora was pregnant and she ate only mint sauce sandwiches. Ralph was
worried that his half sister or half brother would not be well taken care off by Flora. She did not know how and Ralph decided to help
her out. The others usually teased Ralph. Most probably, Flora would settle in with this family.

(OVERVIEW)
About the Author
Anne Fine was born and educated in the Midlands, and now lives in County Durham. She has written numerous
highly acclaimed and prize-winning books for children and adults. Her novel The Tulip Touch won the Whitbread
Childrens Book of the Year Award; Goggle-Eyes won the Guardian Childrens Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal,
and was adapted for television by the BBC; Flour Babies won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Childrens Book
of the Year Award; Bills New Frock won a Smarties Prize, and Madame Doubtfire has become a major feature film
starring Robin Williams.
Synopsis
This novel is a tale that is both funny and moving. Five children are stranded together for the night in a tower
of creepy, dark old Harwick Hall. In that stormy night, the children uncover the story of Richard Clayton Harwick
which is very disturbing. It is a tale of a boy who of many years ago learned what it was like to have a truly wicked
stepfather.
Richard Clayton Harwicks long hidden journal provides an inner tale that triggers off, one by one, each of the
stories of the listening children. It turns out eventually that they all have step parents, some kind, some bad, some just
plain wrong and so they tell each other their stories. After listening to Richards story, each of the five tells his or her
own. Their stories are powerful and intensely moving tales of children struggling with change and shifting family
conditions
Claudias story shows things well on the way to a happy ending. Claudia feels disloyal to her mum whenever she
has a good time with her father and his new girlfriend, Stella. Thus, she is unfriendly towards Stella. Finally, in front
of her Dads friends who are rude to Stella, she compliments Stella and makes everyone notice the lady.
Colins story is moving. Colins seems the saddest. He had someone he thought of as his father and now he
misses him so badly that it hurts. Colins mother leaves the only father Colin has known, a man she lived with for
many years, and in her attempt to create a new life for herself does not see that Colin has been torn from a man he
loves. Colin loves his stepfather, but hasnt seen him for five years, and is obsessively determined to find him.
Ralphs story, though merry, is as complicated as a maze. He has three stepmothers to deal with. All of them
are different in their ways. In addition, he has a lot of stepbrothers, stepsisters, half brother and half sisters to accept
in his life. Ralph cannot keep track of which parents house he should go to after school each day, so his parents
develop a lunchbox system: the Dumbo lunchbox means Dads house after school; the Mickey Mouse one directs him
to his mothers.Towards the end, we can see that he is anxiously waiting for his little half sister or half brother to be
born.
Pixie has to deal with two really irritating sisters. She hates to go over her dads house twice in a month. She feels that
everyone is pretending to be in a happy family when thay are actually not. She has to deal with two really irritating
stepsisters and father who pretends he doesnt notice how difficult things are for her.Soon, Pixie discovers that her
stepmother and stepsisters arent any happier about the situation than she is. She learns to adapt to the situation. One
of her step sisters teaches her mathematics and in return she tells ghost stories.
Robbo and his sister, Callie find that their half sister, Dumpa is the problem. Both their Mum and stepfather, Roy
keep on arguing. The arguments are mainly due to Callie. Callie never seems to see eye to eye with Roy. Both Mum
and Roy are committed with each other just because of Dumpa, their three year old son. Eventually, Callie moves out
to her Dads place and that solves the problem
Each of their stories is different, but through the act of telling, and through the responses of the other children,
each one learns more about his or her life.

Plot
The plot of a novel comprises of the series of events that make up the story. It shows the events and thoughts which
make up the novels basic structure. It shows the arrangement of ideas and / or incidents that make up a story.
Climax turning point
Rising Action problems and conflicts are revealed
Exposition characters and setting are revealed.
Falling Action resolutions to conflicts solved
Resolution final outcome

Introduction
Exposition
One stormy night, five children are thrown together in a creepy tower, dark old Harwick Hall.
Rising Action
They explore the tower
Climax
The discover Richard Clayton Harwicks room which is in a tower off the tower.
Falling Action
The find the long hidden journal that belongs to Richard Clayton Harwick.
Resolution
They decide to read the journal as they never get the chance to peep into other peoples life.

(Richard Harwicks Story)


Exposition
Richards father had fever and eventually he died.
Rising Action
Richards mother remarried. She married Mr. Coldstone who was a cruel man.
Climax
Richard left home as he was not happy with the situation.
Falling Action
Richard found the note on the captains table. He realized that his family was looking for him. He returns home and
finds a letter written by his sister, Charlotte. In the letter, Charlotte reveals all the difficulties they had had to
undergo. He realized that his mother was searching for him.
Resolution
He has to make a decision whether he should leave again.

(Claudias story)
Exposition
Claudias Mum and Dad quarrel a lot
Rising Action
Dad leaves the house to stay with Granny and later moves to Stellas. Claudia is sent to Stellas house all of a sudden
and on that day Dad and Stella are having a party. Claudia excuses herself politely to be in her room during the
dinner.
Climax
Wearing the green pyjamas given by Stella, she parades and makes a grand appearance at the party. She informs
Stella that she likes the pyjamas.
Falling Action
Everyone starts noticing Stella and make a conversation with her.
Resolution
Claudia is happy for Stella.

(Colins Story)
Exposition
Colin lives with his mum and a man he assumes to be his father. He calls him Dad
Rising Action
Colin and his dad spend a lot of time together. His dad walks him to and fro from school and takes him to the park.
Colin loves his dad very much.
Climax
Colins mum leaves the house and moves to another place. She finds a job at a canteen
Falling Action
Colin misses his dad very much. He even pretends to talk to him.
Resolution
He waits for the day when he will be able to find his dad.

(Ralphs Story)
Exposition
Ralph has a big family. He has three stepmothers to deal with.
Rising Action
He manages to tolerate all of them
Climax
Flora, Stepmother number three is pregnant
Falling Action
He plans to help Flora to take care of his half sister or half brother.
Resolution
With the help of Mum, he sorts out the babys clothes.

(Pixies Story)
Exposition
Pixie goes over her fathers place twice in a month
Rising Action
Pixie hates her stepsisters habits
Climax
Hetty moves in Pixies room
Falling Action
Pixie and Lucy tells each other their feelings
Resolution
Pixie learns to adapt to the situation

(Robbos Story)
Exposition
Robbos parents have splited up long ago
Rising Action
His sister Callie hates Roy, their stepfather. Frequent quarrels are seen in the house.
Climax
Roy is very adamant and refuses to speak or do things for the step children as before
Falling Action
Callie decides to move to Dads place.
Resolution
Mum helps to set up Dads home so that it would be comfortable for Callie.

Conclusion
The children feel proud to relate their stories. Everyones story is different. The message is not about solving the
problems, but about simply dealing with them. Several of the stories are quite poignant, one is funny, and none reach
a final resolution by the endone, in fact, is left hanging rather ominously. But all of the children have had a chance to
express what theyre feeling, and to realize (along with readers) that they are not alone.
Plot summary
A group of children are spending the night in the creepy Old Harwick Hall, as part of a school trip. They are placed
into certain groups, and Claudia, Colin, Ralph, Pixie and Robbo find themselves together. None of the group members
are really best friends, but throughout the night they discover a secret that the old mansion has kept hidden for years,
and they suddenly find themselves coming closer together and discovering why they were put in a group with each
other. They are all wondering why they are put together, when they discover that they each had two different
addresses on their permission slips, one for their mothers home and one for their fathers home. Each child comes
from a divorced family. At least one of their parents has married again. Some children have to deal with either
stepbrothers, stepsisters, or blood related siblings. They each in turn tell each other about how their parents broke up.
It uncovers many mysterious questions.
Characters
The group of school-children are the main characters in this novel. Each one has a difficult time at home, with
divorced parents, or evil step-fathers. The children are Claudia, Colin, Ralph, Pixie and Robbo. They are all different,
but find out they are linked in some way.
Theme
Theme refers to the central idea in the story. It is the main message that is more global in scope. It is the idea or point
of a story formulated as a generalization. There are many themes in the novel.

a.

All pain eventually heals and we have the power to change things for the better.

b.

Sheer determination of a child can give strength and purpose.

c.

Children lack choices and real opportunity to speak frankly and openly about their feelings and situations to the

adults around them

d.

Adults should look around them and listen

Setting
The setting provides the background of the story. It refers to the place where a particular event takes place. It also
refers to the time of the event.
Introduction
1.
2.
3.

In the bus that takes the children to Creepsville.


At the tower where the children are going to spend the night.
In Richard Clayton Harwicks room where they find the journal.

Part 1
1.
2.
3.

Harwicks house
Moredanger School
Ship

Part 2
1.
2.
3.

Mums place where Claudia lives.


Grannys house
Stellas home.

Part 3
1.
2.
3.

First home
Park
Second home

Part 4
1.
2.
3.

Mums place
Dads place
The streets where they go to buy bread and mint sauce

Part 5
1.

Dads place

Part 6
1.
2.
3.

Mums place.
The porch where Callie pushes her bike
Outside the house when Roy cleans the shed.

Conclusion
1.

The tower

Moral Values

Do not look down on others


Do not give up easily when we are faced with problems
We must try to accept things the way they are and make the best out of it.
Point of View
Point of view is the perspective from which a story is told. The author creates a narrator to tell the story. It is through
the narrators perspective that readers learn what is happening in a story.
The introduction of the story is written in the third persons point of view. It is told through the eyes of the author,
Anne Fine. All the other parts are told in the first persons view.
Tone and Mood
Tone refers to the authors attitude or position toward the action, characters, narrator, subject and even readers of the
story. To determine the tone of a story, the reader must examine the language the author uses and decide what effect
the authors diction and syntax creates.
In this novel, the author recognizes and validates the anger many children feel when the adults who should be caring
for them cause their lives to spin out of control, and then expect them to just adjust and be happy. Its not all happy
endings here, but it does have the taste of reality.
Language and Style
It was quite chilling at first, but the rest of the book (which was the children telling stories) was written in a very lifelike way, as if it really was young children speaking.

Plot summary-A group of children are spending the night in the creepy Old Harwick Hall, as part of a school trip.
They are placed into certain groups, and Claudia, Colin, Ralph, Pixie and Robbo find themselves together. None of the
group members are really best friends, but throughout the night they discover a secret that the old mansion has kept
hidden for years, and they suddenly find themselves coming closer together and discovering why they were put in a
group with each other. They are all wondering why they are put together, when they discover that they each had two
different addresses on their permission slips, one for their mothers home and one for their fathers home. Each child
comes from a divorced family. At least one of their parents has married again. Some children have to deal with either
stepbrothers, stepsisters, or blood related siblings. They each in turn tell each other about how their parents broke up.
It uncovers many mysterious questions.

Synopsis
This novel is a tale that is both funny and moving. Five children are stranded together for the night in a tower of
creepy, dark old Harwick Hall. In that stormy night, the children uncover the story of Richard Clayton Harwick which
is very disturbing. It is a tale of a boy who of many years ago learned what it was like to have a truly wicked stepfather.
Richard Clayton Harwicks long hidden journal provides an inner tale that triggers off, one by one, each of the
stories of the listening children. It turns out eventually that they all have step parents, some kind, some bad, some just
plain wrong and so they tell each other their stories. After listening to Richards story, each of the five tells his or her
own. Their stories are powerful and intensely moving tales of children struggling with change and shifting family
conditions.
Claudias story shows things well on the way to a happy ending. Claudia feels disloyal to her mum whenever she has
a good time with her father and his new girlfriend, Stella. Thus, she is unfriendly towards Stella. Finally, in front of
her Dads friends who are rude to Stella, she compliments Stella and makes everyone notice the lady.
Colins story is moving. Colins seems the saddest. He had someone he thought of as his father and now he misses
him so badly that it hurts. Colins mother leaves the only father Colin has known, a man she lived with for many years,
and in her attempt to create a new life for herself does not see that Colin has been torn from a man he loves. Colin
loves his stepfather, but hasnt seen him for five years, and is obsessively determined to find him.
Ralphs story, though merry, is as complicated as a maze. He has three stepmothers to deal with. All of them are
different in their ways. In addition, he has a lot of stepbrothers, stepsisters, half brother and half sisters to accept in
his life. Ralph cannot keep track of which parents house he should go to after school each day, so his parents develop
a lunchbox system: the Dumbo lunchbox means Dads house after school; the Mickey Mouse one directs him to his
mothers.Towards the end, we can see that he is anxiously waiting for his little half sister or half brother to be born.

Pixie has to deal with two really irritating sisters. She hates to go over her dads house twice in a month. She feels
that everyone is pretending to be in a happy family when thay are actually not. She has to deal with two really
irritating stepsisters and father who pretends he doesnt notice how difficult things are for her.Soon, Pixie discovers
that her stepmother and stepsisters arent any happier about the situation than she is. She learns to adapt to the
situation. One of her step sisters teaches her mathematics and in return she tells ghost stories.
Robbo and his sister, Callie find that their half sister, Dumpa is the problem. Both their Mum and stepfather, Roy
keep on arguing. The arguments are mainly due to Callie. Callie never seems to see eye to eye with Roy. Both Mum
and Roy are committed with each other just because of Dumpa, their three year old son. Eventually, Callie moves out
to her Dads place and that solves the problem.
Each of their stories is different, but through the act of telling, and through the responses of the other children, each
one learns more about his or her life.

PRACTICE SECTION
The following are the novels studied in the literature component in English Language
1.

The Curse by Lee Su Ann

2.

Step by Wicked Step by Ann Fine.

3.

Catch Us If You Can by Catherine McPhail

Based on one novel above, write about the following.


Provide evidence from the text to support your answer.
Your response should be:

Not less than 50 words


In continuous writing (not in note form)

Practice 1
Based on one novel above, discuss one of the themes in the story. Provide evidence from the text to support your
answer
SUGGESTED ANSWERThrough the novel The Curse, gender stereotyping is portrayed through how females should behave. This can be
seen especially through Azreen. For example, Azreens school friends start to cast suspicious eyes towards her when
she behaves unlady-like. She plays hockey with the boys and even laughs like a bunch of hyenas with them. To them,
as a woman, Azreen is not expected to be tomboyish and hangs too closely with boys.

Practice 2
Write about a character that you find most interesting. Support your answer with evidence from the novel.
SUGGESTED ANSWERAn interesting character in the novel- The Curse is the old lady. She is an educated woman as she has knowledge of
herbal medicine to treat illnesses. Her house is always neat and situated by the hillside. She is a caring and
concerned woman as she takes Azreen in and gives her food and shelter whenever she has fights and problems. She is
also a resourceful person and she is a good cook and her recipes and secret ingredients are very much sought after.

Practice 3
Write about a moral value you have learnt in the story. Support your answer with evidence from the novel
SUGGESTED ANSWERThe value in life that I have learnt in the novel- Catch us if you can is The Importance of Family.
Sacrifices for family are honoured and explored, as are the family bonds that survive adversity. Family
responsibility in the novel is best displayed by Rorys constant care of his grandfather. Very early in age,
Rory has realised that there was only Granda and me to make up a family. Rory does not know any other family love.
His father had left them when he was very young. Granda had taken care of him all his life and now, as Granda is
getting old and forgetful, and is never quite well, it is his turn to look after him.

Practice 4
Based on one novel above, write about an episode that is memorable in the story. Provide evidence from the text to
support your answer.
SUGGESTED ANSWERThe incident which is memorable in Catch us if you can is when Granda is sent to Rachnadar, Rory knows that he
has to get him away from that place. Though torn with desperation at times ( Grandas carelessness with the chip pan
had landed him in hospital and Rory atCastle Street), Rory plans the Great Escape and gets him away from the
hospital where they put old people in.

Practice 5
Based on the novel of your choice, discuss the problems faced by a character. How does he/she overcome the
problems?
SUGGESTED ANSWERIn the novel Step by Wicked Step, Richard reveals the pain of the knowledge of his dying father and the intrusion of
Mr. Coldstone into the family. Then Richards father dies. Mr Coldstone is very harsh towards Richard. Richard feels
that his own happiness is not counted for. He wishes for his father to wake up from the grave and tell him that all
things in the house have gone wrong since the fathers death. Richard had practically become a stranger in his own
house. His house was like a tomb. Richard leaves the house. He feels that his presence is not wanted by his mother.

Practice 6
Compare two characters in the novel you have studied. How are they similar?
SUGGESTED ANSWERClaudia are the two characters I have chosen to compare and contrast. Although they are two differing characters,
they also have some similarities. Both Colin and Claudia come from broken or separated families. They both have
step parents. Colins mother has left his biological father and `took up with Jack. Jack is the only father figure Colin
ever know. However, Colins mum leaves Jack after a while. This causes him to miss Jack so badly that it hurts. On
the other hand, Claudias father has left her mother for another woman, Stella. She feels disloyal to her mum
whenever she has a good time with her father and Stella. Both Colin and Claudia really want their parents to reconcile
as they pine for how it used to be when they were happy.