E. J. (Erica) Gore
Erica grew up in Brisbane, Australia, in the 1950/60s.
For an inwardly adventurous, but outwardly shy child, reading was a major part of life. Stories such as Enid Blyton’s ‘Famous Five’ adventures fired her imagination and
created new worlds for her to explore.
Having overcome her shyness by taking drama classes at her mother’s insistence, Erica became a primary school teacher. She brought her love of story into the classroom, using narrative as a base for the units of work she planned for her students. Her core belief that stories provide children with a means of engaging with, and forming deeper understanding of, the world around them proved most successful in encouraging learning.
Erica’s characters are average kids. They do not have any special powers. They do not live in any fantasy worlds. Quick wits and keen observation skills are their weapons.
The main character, Taya, is the adventurous little girl that Erica longed to be. She has the adventures that Erica dreamed of having. She and her friend, Chris, are likeable kids with whom young readers can easily identify.
Robin Rufflebum was created in response to a true life adventure.
A friend of mine, acting in his capacity as Tooth Fairy, left a coin in place of a baby tooth lost by young son. Unfortunately he had not noticed the drawing on the coin that the little boy had done the previous day whilst playing with his father's small change.
Imagine the surprise - then horror - when the child discovered that the Tooth Fairy had stolen a coin from his dad's wallet to leave in exchange for the lost tooth.
Why on earth would a Tooth Fairy do such a thing? This is the story that explains what happened.