My latest story, ‘Me and my big mouth, by Maddy Monday,’ is about a girl who’s been home-educated right up to the age of eleven. She doesn’t actually want to go to school but one day she gets in a strop and says she says she does, and to her surprise, her mum and dad call her bluff.
Maddy doesn’t have much idea about what to expect, her main sources of information about school being TV dramas and her mum’s ancient collection of boarding-school stories, with covers featuring hearty girls, hockey-sticks and woolly-looking trees.
As you can imagine, school seems odd and puzzling to Maddy at first, but when she gets used to it she thinks it’s great… until stuff happens that makes her go right off it.
Maddy has a love-hate relationship with school, very much like her author once did.
Here are some of the things I hated about school:
- uniform (I couldn’t wear anything blue for a decade after I left school)
- uniform (I hated it soooo much, it really needs to go in twice)
- homework (school’s school, home’s home, am I right?)
- hockey (but I quite liked tennis, which was just as well, growing up in Wimbledon)
- sarcastic teachers
Here are some of the things I loved:
- dinners (I know!)
- nice teachers
- the art room
- all playground games, from shipwrecked to charades
One thing I’ve really enjoyed about writing Maddy Monday is that it’s given me an opportunity to look at school from every angle, as something by turns weird, gorgeous and horrible.
How is (or was) school for you? What do (or did) you love about it? What do (or did) you hate?