Cowell's dragon tale goes online

Imaginations will take flight as a reading by Cressida Cowell swoops on to Scottish Book Trust website. Julia Belgutay reports

Children across Scotland can dive into the fantastic world of Viking dragon-whisperer Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III and his fierce dragons, when a reading by author Cressida Cowell becomes available on the Scottish Book Trust website next week.

Mrs Cowell will record the special Meet our Authors event in Edinburgh tomorrow, where she will read from the latest How to Train Your Dragon book - How to Steal a Dragon's Sword. The ninth book in the internationally bestselling series for seven to 11-year-olds sees dragons starting to revolt against their masters, villages being washed away by floods and the return of Excellinor.

"It is my favourite, I think," says Mrs Cowell. "It was a really moving one to write. When you live with the characters, they do become real to you. This book is quite a dramatic one, it is quite epic, and it has an emotional punch for me.

"When you write a series there is a point - and I just got to it - where you are making a child suddenly realise that things they thought were not really important suddenly come together."

She was excited about the Meet our Authors event, in which she will read to a group of children in Edinburgh and answer their questions.

"It is so inspiring to meet the children who read your books, but you can never reach everyone. Posting the event online means it reaches a much bigger audience," she says.

The Meet Our Authors programme is sponsored by Scottish Friendly, and can be watched for free on from 6 October, which is National Dragonese Day.

The day is an opportunity for teachers to introduce children to the world of Vikings or make use of resources available to accompany the How to Train Your Dragon series.

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