FELICITY BANKS, creator of Emmeline Muchamore, heroine of the Antipodean Queen Series, also writes Interactive Fiction where you not only read but, as the term suggests, you also get involved. It’s a different and absorbing way of reading, and its suitable for all ages.
There are adventures, murder mysteries (Murder in the Mail) and magical ones. The stories arrive in your mail and you also receive the beautiful artworks which provide the clues you need. Isn’t it grand to get things in the post! And YOU have to work things out. You can even talk to other readers on a forum and share your thoughts about the clues.
One of Mawson Bear’s Baffled friends is nervously getting ready to appear in one of the pictures you will get when you read and play the new mystery called ..
“This is a tale of two missing magical creatures; a phoenix and a water dragon. The missing ones have left a trail of art behind them. Can you help find them before it’s too late?”
You can see examples of the artwork and fuller explanations at Felicity’s Home on the Web right here.
Magic in the Mail: Emmeline’s Empire puts you in the steampunk world of Emmaline Muchamore. “It’s a tale of secrets, hope, aeronauts, lighthouses, first love, and fruit ices for all.”
If you have already struck gold (and brass, aluminium and iron*) with Felicity Bank’s Heart of Brass you will know it includes a bonus story called After the Flag Fell. This is also a Choose Your Own Adventure style story. YOU make choices on behalf on the characters and see what fate will befall them.
When Mawson Bear’s Baffled Bunch got their paws on Heart of Brass and After the Flag Fell they were so inspired that they were Getting-Up-To-Things all over the house when no-one was looking.
You too could become excited by the whole idea of Interactive Stories!
In one of their scenarios, Wombat the Bushranger Aeronaut tries yet again to get the balloon airborne. Scotland The Brave, equipped with aluminium vest*, has volunteered to tow it up with his steam truck. Will our brave bunch have enough balloons? Will Scottie’s truck get up enough steam? Will Hilda lose her hat? Will Barry the Horse fall out of the basket? Truth to tell, Scottie and Hilda don’t actually have counterparts in Heart of Brass but they excitedly got involved anyway.
*Aluminium and all the metals have particular properties in the steam punk universe of Heart of Brass. All of us in this house now want to have our own brass goggles!