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Children's author Sam Copeland visit on Wednesday 12 February

Freemen’s was thrilled to welcome author Sam Copeland to the School on Wednesday 12 February.

Sam talked to Junior School pupils in the Music Recital Hall about his new novel ‘Charlie Morphs into a Mammoth’. It is the third book in a side splitting series that began with Charlie Changes into a Chicken.

The session was filled with laughter & amazement from 250 pupils totally engaged listening to Sam talking about his books, facts about disgusting animals and questions & answers before he signed copies of his latest book ‘Charlie Morphs into a Mammoth'.

Charlie McGuffin discovers that when he gets stressed, he turns into an animal, all sorts of animals in fact – a flea, a pigeon, a rhino, a T.rex and who knows what next and he seems to have a lot of stress in his life!! Charlie needs to find a way to deal with his crazy new power – and fast. 

A brilliantly funny book with a heart warming message that touches on how children cope with stress. In his hilarious events, Sam will reveal the wild world of all sorts of mad, crazy and downright disgusting animals, do tailored readings from the books and share where he got his ideas behind the series.

His debut novel Charlie Changes into a Chicken was the best selling middle grade novel of 2019. Praise for the book includes:

‘the modern masterpiece’  Daily Telegraph

‘Belly- busting hilarity’ The Guardian

‘A brilliant debut . . . a book that is not only laugh-out-loud funny but offers important advice

about children coping with anxiety ’ Mail on Sunday

Sam Copeland is a literary agent and director at Rogers, Coleridge and White. He has worked in publishing for 15 years and was a bookseller for three years before that. Sam is originally from Manchester and now lives in London with his wife and three children.

City of London Freemen’s School is one of only 10 schools Sam is visiting as part of a one week UK wide school tour to celebrate the publication of Charlie Morphs into a Mammoth.

Research shows that author events in schools inspire children and help them on their journey to a love of reading.

‘The impact of an author visiting shouldn’t be underestimated. These are the types of things that people talk about when you ask them what they remember about school.’
Times Educational Supplement

‘Writers visiting schools can make a significant difference to a child’s attitudes to and enjoyment of writing, offering new perspectives on writing and what it can do.’
The Arts Council