Jann Weeratunga was born in 1963. She has lived and worked in London, UK: Sri Lanka: UAE and Bahrain. Currently, she lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. She was a Primary School Teacher and a Scout/Cub Leader for over 20 years, which she feels was a very good grounding for understanding what Middle-Grade Readers enjoy reading about.
The Polly’s Piralympics Series was written and inspired by the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Paralympic Games. In his closing speech, Sir Phillip Craven told of how a young boy was reading with his mother. In the book, he saw a man with an eye patch, a hook for a hand, a parrot on his shoulder and a wooden leg. When asked who it was, he said: “Well he has only one leg, so he must be an Olympian.” Such was the strength of the London 2012 Paralympics that it changed people’s’ perceptions of disability forever. The speech made her both laugh and cry and gave her the inspiration for this series of books which are both unique in concept as well as content and format.
Polly the Baby Parrot is stolen from her nest in Africa and ends up in Tobermoray, Scotland. There in a pet shop, she is bullied by village boys until rescued by Captain Hake. Then she starts her training to become a Pirate. This interactive book is a must for parents and teachers to help them identify if a child is being bullied at school or their surrounding environment, without the child feeling they are snitching.
Captain Hake and his crew come across the deserted Queen Anne’s Revenge – Captain Blackbeard’s ship. They board it looking for Captain Blackbeard’s treasure but find only a bottle with a message in it and a single golden goblet. The crew accidentally trip the booby traps and awaken the ghost of Captain Blackbeard and his crew and have to fight for their lives to escape. Once safely back on board the Thistle they get the message out of the bottle and discover that it is a Treasure Map. They sail to Skull Island. There they follow the treasure map…
Polly’s pirate’s, armed with their new prosthetic blades, arms and wheelchairs, compete for gold. See Sparky saved from a watery end by Malarky’s net as he walks the plank, that coconuts don’t make good balls and Masterchef food is divine.
Polly the parrot flies north to the land of snow and ice as the Pirates meet up for their next Piralympic Games. On Snowy Island our favourite Pirates compete for gold, but this time the ‘girls’ have arrived. What will the pirates do?
Interactive pages for kids to complete allow teachers/parents to see how the child has understood the chapter and their views on it
Polly the Parrot, Captain Hake and the crew of The Thistle take a short break in Scotland before they resume the search for Polly’s friends in Africa. The pirates get to meet the street children and their lives are changed forever. And who is Red?
Toucane the Toucan hates rubbish. See what happens when he sees humans dropping litter on the beach. Meet the Rubbish Rangers and help clean up the world.