Larraine S Harrison
Official Website of the Children's Genre Author. Including her debut book
It's a bonny book, written with sensitivity. Red Snow is a book about how we make friends and learning to trust others as well as our own instincts. It's about how sometimes adults don't always know the answers to straightforward questions and how if we look and listen carefully we can make sense of things however complicated or hard they are. It's a book with a clear message and it will appeal to any young person preparing for "big" school.
I really enjoyed this book and didn’t want to put it down! I loved the main character, Megan, and felt like I was in her shoes and was experiencing the story along with her. It was so intriguing and exciting and was a wonderful book. I can’t wait for the next one to come out!!!
MARTHA, AGE 10
This is an amazing story. It is very easy to read and connect with the characters. I love the way the author ended the book.
I bought this book as a Christmas present for my niece, then started reading the beginning and could not put it down.
The difficult issues of bereavement and loss, as well as mental health, are dealt with sensitively but realistically and many children will relate to the problems of growing up that are addressed here.
This is a story that promotes an awareness of others' feelings and problems and is well written.
I am sure that my niece will enjoy it - I just hope she doesn't realise that she is not the first one to have read her copy!
GOOD READS REVIEW
Larraine lives in Yorkshire with her husband.
She has two grown up children and two grand-daughters
and likes to play the tenor saxophone in her spare time.
A long career in education
Since she qualified as a teacher in 1969, Larraine has taught all ages and abilities, teaching in Wales, London and Wakefield.
In 1984 she joined the Wakefield Local Education Authority Drama-in-education team, using drama as a medium for teaching and learning across the curriculum in all schools in the district.
After a short spell teaching drama in a secondary school in 1992, Larraine then became a freelance consultant in English and drama and ran numerous inset courses for teachers all over the country, on active approaches to learning.
In 1997 she became a primary OFSTED inspector and in 1998 became a literacy consultant for the National Literacy Strategy. It was during this time she wrote 5 books for teachers on using drama as a tool for learning.
Then in 2000 she became an adviser for schools in the Barnsley area, where she had a special responsibility for the development of English.
Having retired in 2008, Larraine became chair of governors at her local primary school and is now a director for a local multi -academy trust.
Now an Author
In 2017 Larraine wrote her first novel for 9-11 year olds entitled Red Snow (Troubador Press) and is currently writing her next novel, along with more material for teachers on using drama in schools.