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“Lights Out!” (Kathryn Apel)

Kathryn Apel is the author of Fencing With Fear and This is the Mud. She’s here today to help us celebrate the launch of the Undercover Readers Club by sharing the books that she liked to read after ‘lights out’ when she was a child. Welcome, Kat!

"Fencing with fear cover""This is the mud (cover)"

What did I read after lights out when I was growing up?

"Kat Apel photo"
Kathryn Apel

Oh – that’s so easy!

If I was reading anything undercover when I was a kid, it would have been an Enid Blyton. (And then Nancy Drew … ) I loved the The Secret Seven and The Famous Five. I even staged a protest when our librarian banned these books from our school. Disgraceful – that they should be banned!

My lights-out reading was by the glow of the lounge room light spilling into my bedroom. I crouched near the door and tilted the words toward the light – but had to be ve-ry careful turning the pages, so I didn’t alert my parents to my presence. Just as well I had a carpeted bedroom floor. It softened flurried footsteps on those frantic flights back to bed! (Though the bedsprings did give me away on occasion … )

I also remember staying at my cousin’s house for a holiday and going to Vacation Bible School. My cousin and I were in stiff competition for the most bible verses memorised, and I needed an edge! My cousin was puzzled at how I had memorised so many verses next day – but I wasn’t telling him about that torch trick!

Yr 3 student Curtis Costa obviously had a few tricks up his sleeve, too. I was pretty chuffed by his review of my book  Fencing With Fear: “When I was reading and Dad told me, ‘Lights out!’ I hid the book, turned on my lamp and kept reading because it was so exciting.” What an awesome review! Thank you, Curtis.

Hmmmm … All this talk about Undercover Readers is making me a bit suspicious of my two book bug boys … and their lights out routines.

Why are you both looking soooo suspicious?

Kat

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© 2010 Kathryn Apel

Visit Kat Apel’s site to find out more about her and her books.


"undercover readers logo"Alphabet Soup magazine is celebrating the launch of Undercover Readers (our new reviewers club for kids)!  If you’d like to join the Undercover Readers Club, you’ll find an information pack you can download from the Alphabet Soup website. As part of the celebrations, we have a different children’s author or illustrator visiting Soup Blog each day until 29 June 2010 to talk about what they used to read after ‘lights out’ when they were growing up.

Author:

Rebecca Newman is a children's writer and poet, and the editor of the Australian children's literary blog, Alphabet Soup. rebeccanewman.net.au.

6 thoughts on ““Lights Out!” (Kathryn Apel)

  1. Thanks Katrina. You know, until this blog series, I hadn’t realised there were so many of us – Undercover Readers… 🙂 Yes, I was grinning widely with Curtis’ enthusiasm.

    Jo, my boys have both loved Enid Blytons too. It’s the mystery and involvement. They wish those things happened in their backyard. (I’m happy they don’t, btw.)

    Peg – was delighted with the comments on your post. Thank you. 🙂

    Rebecca, thanks for having me visit. A great idea, this Undercover Readers Club!

  2. I just stuffed my clothes under the edge of the door so the light didn’t show through. Sometimes I’d read scary books and ended up sleeping with the light on and my blankets up over my head afterwards though.

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