Creating a Middle Grade Book 6: Loads of Roughs


After Ruth joins FAB, I have the kids go out and collect materials for their clubhouse.


Then (with some adult help) they build the tree house.


I’m not sure that today’s 11-12 year olds would be allowed to roam so freely, but it is something that I was allowed to do from the age of 7 (with my much older friend, who was 8). Jumping ditches, gathering wood and building dens are some of my best childhood memories.


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Cartoonist and writer. My first illustrated chapter book, FAB (Friends Against Bullying) Club, for kids 8-12 is out on Amazon. More at
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