Wesley Booth Super Sleuth

Author Cece,Adam

Illustrator Streich,Michel

Item Code 8375798

Product Type Book

Format Paperback

ISBN 9781742991016


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Hub Hill Primary School is in the grip of a crime wave. Wesley Booth is a super sleuth — which is like a detective only awesomer — and this is his biggest (and first) real case.

It's not easy when he has to deal with an arch enemy (new-girl-at-school Cassidy Strong), traitorous friends and incompetent assistants, prison warden parents, a delusional big brother, a client who wants to snap him in half like a stick and over eighty-one million suspects.

But he has to work out who the Heister is before his detective equipment gets confiscated and he is grounded forever.

Genre: Crime & Mystery, School Stories


Reading Level: Upper Primary, Middle Primary

School Year: Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6

Lexile Level:: 840L

Ages: 8 to 12

Page Count: 272

Adam Cece

Where were you born? Where do you live now?

I was born at Burnside War Memorial hospital, in Adelaide, South Australia. And I haven’t gone far as I still live in Adelaide, although as a child I also lived in New Zealand.

Where did you go to school
Hectorville Primary School (Aus), Kapuni Primary School (NZ), Murray Bridge High School, Adelaide University.

Did you have a nickname?
My surname is Cece. It’s pronounced Che-Che in Italian, but a lot of people say it Cee-Cee, like the chips, so my nickname is often CC, or Chips.

What were you like in school?
I think the term 'class clown' would definitely apply to me. The phrase most often used in my report cards was: 'Adam would be a better student if he spent more time studying and less time hanging upside down off the ceiling fan.'

What is the naughtiest thing you did?

I have never done anything naughty. Although, I have been known to lie when asked that question.

What was your favourite book growing up?
I loved many Enid Blyton books, especially the Faraway Tree series, C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and as a young child I really loved The Wind in the Willows. I also LOVE the Peanuts comic strip (not technically a book).

Who is your favourite children’s author?

As a child I loved Enid Blyton and C.S. Lewis. Today, I am a huge fan of writers like Michael Gerard Bauer and Emily Rodda, and I’m also a big fan of Lincoln Peirce, Jeff Kinney, Eoin Colfer and Andy Griffiths. I also really like Andy Riley. Although, I’m not sure if his books are for kids or adults — probably both.

What is your favourite food/colour/movie?
Chicken/blue/The Princess Bride

Who inspired you to write?
I’ve always loved writing, and so many authors have inspired me — it would be impossible to name just one.

How did you get started?
The first ever story I can remember writing was when I was about nine or ten. It was one page. I made photocopies and sold them, for twenty cents each, to other children in class. I made sure all my classmates, and even my teachers, were in the story in the hopes they’d all buy a copy. They did! This was my first experience in writing with an audience in mind, and my writing making people laugh. I’ve been writing ever since.

How old were you?
As above, I was about nine or ten.

Why did you want to be a writer?
I could not imagine, nor have I ever been able to imagine, a better occupation in the whole world than being a writer? I’ve always just enjoyed telling or writing stories, and making people chuckle. It must be something you’re born wanting to do.

How do you think up ideas?
Ideas are everywhere! I just had an idea about a writer who is answering a question about where ideas come from, and gets an idea to write a story about a writer going on a quest to find out where ideas come from.

Do you have a special place where you write?

With my busy life — working and raising two children — I write wherever and whenever I can, and am often tapping away on my mobile writing desk: my mobile phone.

What is the best thing about being a writer?
You get to spend most of your time in wonderful imaginary worlds, with obedient characters who always do what you want (at least in theory). There are many reasons my imaginary worlds are better than the real world, not least of which is the fact that in all my imaginary worlds anchovies have been banned. 

Have you had any funny or embarrassing moments as a writer?
I am still quite early on in my career, so not too much yet. But I have had oodles of funny and embarrassing moments as a person. It’s a shame this question only asks for those I’ve experienced as a writer, so my other ones will just have to remain a secret :o)

What do you do when you are not writing?
I love TV, movies, and of course reading. I like swimming and AFL, and I also like to cook (or at least try to cook). I am trying to perfect chocolate fondants at the moment. They are those little upside down chocolate cakes with gooey centres (if you do them right).

What would you have chosen to be if you were not a writer?
I would probably have gone to film school and worked as something in TV or film. I’ve always had this dream of spending my days working on a film set. Although, I’m sure it’s probably not anywhere near as glamourous as it seems.

Which famous person from the past would you like to talk to?

Tough question. I’ve always dreamt of meeting writer and filmmaker John Hughes, who made so many of my favourite movies when I was growing up. I was devastated to hear of his passing, and relatively young, as I think he would have been an amazing person to sit down and have a chat with.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?
Hmmm ... well, how about a weird quirk about me? Whenever I eat vegemite on toast I like to put it on in nine dots, which represents the nine bites I will take. I know this is completely obsessive compulsive behaviour, and I’m not really obsessive compulsive about any other things in my life - just the toast and dots thing. Sorry, I know that is a totally random fact about myself.

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Michel Streich

Where were you born? Where do you live now?

I was born in Germany. After my studies, I moved first to London and later to Sydney. I now live in the Blue Mountains West of Sydney.

Where did you go to school?
I went to primary school in my parents' village and to high school in a nearby town. Funnily, my high school was called 'Ratsgymnasium' which is not a sports hall for rodents, but in German means 'grammar school of the town council'.

Did you have a nickname?
Thankfully, all my nicknames are now forgotten...

What were you like in school?
I enjoyed school, but hated homework. So I payed attention in class and did all my homework on the bus to and from school. That way, I had a lot of free time in the afternoons to read, to look after my pets or to play in the forest with my friends.

What is the naughtiest thing you did?

I think I was a good child, but I'm getting more badly behaved the older I get...

What was your favourite book growing up?

I had two — a collection of fairy tales and an illustrated animal encyclopedia.

Who is your favourite children's author?

Now, as an adult, it is Tomi Ungerer.

What is your favourite food/colour/movie?
I like all food. I have one food rule — if it has eyes, it must be dead. I also like all colours except magenta. But I don't like all movies. Still, there are a lot of excellent ones. I watch five or six movies a week.

Who inspired you to illustrate?
I've always loved illustrated books and comics. Like all children, I drew pictures. But unlike most other people, I didn't stop.

How did you get started?  / How old were you? / Why did you want to be an illustrator?
After high school and military service, I studied graphic design. Illustration was the subject I enjoyed most. Also, I started freelance illustration work for a big German school book publisher while still a student. It went from there — I can proudly say I've never been employed.

How do you think up ideas?
The idea for a drawing comes out of the previous drawing. So I start with the first idea I have and keep going. Sometimes it takes only a few moments to develop an idea, sometimes a few days...

Do you have a special place where you illustrate?
I have a studio in my house. It's not an exciting studio like a tree house or a gypsy caravan, but it's warm and bright and not far from the fridge.

What is the best thing about being an illustrator?

Being my own boss. Then again — when you're your own boss, your boss is a weirdo and he never gives you proper holidays!

Have you had any funny or embarrassing moment as an illustrator?
I had my strangest moments as an illustrator when drawing street scenes in Belfast towards the end of the Troubles. It is quite difficult to draw when you've got a helicopter full of suspicious soldiers hovering overhead taking pictures of you drawing!

What do you do when you are not illustrating?
I like gardening. You can make a mess and at the end of the day just go inside without having to tidy up. I also practice aikido, a Japanese martial art.

What would you have chosen to be if you were not an illustrator?
A zoologist. Or a filmmaker. Or both...

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?
I get left and right confused. As you can imagine, that made my driving test very tricky.

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