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Blog Tour: Finn & Fred’s Arctic Adventure – Jocelyn Porter, illustrated by Leo Brown

“My bus takes off with a sonic boom, straight through the wall and out of my room…”
Finn and Fred Octopus are off on a magical adventure to the Arctic. They meet a kindly seal, a hungry polar bear and an angry walrus. The whales sing to Finn, and Finn arrives home with an important message to share…

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Jocelyn’s writing career began when she was asked to write a story for a preschool
magazine. That story was the first of many. Jocelyn became the writer/editor of several preschool magazines and continued in that role for 15 years. Writing one new story every month, plus rhymes
and activities was a tough gig, but very exhilarating. Time is the big difference between writing for a magazine and writing a book. You see your work on the supermarket shelves within a few weeks of completion. A book takes longer – a lot longer. Jocelyn has to be patient now – not something she’s good at. Before becoming a writer, Jocelyn worked in higher education as International Students
Officer. It was a rewarding and interesting job even though she was on call 24/7. Jocelyn also trained as a counsellor and volunteered at drop-in centres. She never knew who would arrive for counselling
and had to be prepared for anything. This work gave her insight into some of the darker corners of life. Motor sport was one of Jocelyn’s early loves, she had the spine-tingling thrill of taking part in a
24-hour national rally as navigator – those were the days when rallies were held on public roads!
Jocelyn worked as an au pair in Paris in her teens. Having visited the city on a school trip, she fell in love with it, and always wanted to return. Jocelyn’s first book published by Full Media is The King
Who Didn’t Like Snow, illustrated by Michael S Kane. Finn and Fred’s Arctic Adventure is her second book under Full Media and is illustrated by Leo Brown.
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My thoughts: this is a lovely colourful adventure story with a serious message about caring for the planet. Finn and his cuddly octopus pal Fred go on a magical trip to meet the animals of the Arctic. As well as making new friends they learn about the melting polar ice and the fact that there’s less food available for their new pals. Finn heads home and the next day at school talks to all his classmates about how to do more for the environment.

As well as being a lovely book for young readers, this also raises money for the Cornish Seal Sanctuary – 100% if bought direct from the sanctuary and 10% when purchased anywhere else.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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