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Marc McBride
Primary Upper Years (Years 5 – 6) | Secondary Lower Years (Years 7 – 8) | Secondary Middle Years (Years 9 – 10)

Marc McBride is the illustrator of the New York Times best selling series Deltora Quest. He has illustrated more than two hundred book covers, ten picture books and countless magazines. His new book, The Glimme, is shortlisted for the 2020 CBCA Book of the Year for younger readers.

During his school presentations Marc paints a character from one of his books explaining the process of creating artwork. Beginning with imagination, and where ideas come from, he will get ideas from the audience while explaining colour theory, light, shape, line and texture- the five elements of visual language.

Using simple shapes he encourages the students to draw with him and to ‘not be afraid of making mistakes’- after-all it is often a mistake in a drawing that becomes the inspiration for something truly original! The school gets to keep the final painting.

https://www.marcmcbride.com/

Books by Marc McBride

The Glimme

Best Suit Years 8-12 years
Lone Annie sees dragons in your future…She sees giants. She sees fire and water. She sees death. Finn’s life in the village of Wichant is hard. Only his drawings of the wild coastline, with its dragon-shaped clouds and headlands that look like giants, make him happy. Then the strange housekeeper from a mysterious clifftop mansion sees his talent and buys him for a handful of gold and then reveals to him seven extraordinary paintings. Finn thinks the paintings must be pure fantasy-such amazing scenes and creatures can’t be real! He’s wrong. Soon he is going to slip through the veil between worlds and plunge into the wonders and perils of The Glimme.

Forest of Silence: Deltora Quest Series 1 Book 1

Best suited to 7-10 Year olds
Deltora is a land of monsters and magic …
The evil Shadow Lord is plotting to invade Deltora and enslave its people. All that stands against him is the magic Belt of Deltora, with its seven gems of great and mysterious power. When the gems are stolen and hidden in dark, terrible places throughout the kingdom, the Shadow Lord triumphs and Deltora is lost.
In secrecy, with only a hand-drawn map to guide them, two unlikely companions set out on a perilous quest. Determined to find the lost gems and rid their land of the tyrant, they struggle towards their first goal — the sinister Forests of Silence.

Lake of Tears: Deltora Quest Series 1 Book 2

Best suited to 7-10 Year olds
Lief, Barda and their unruly new companion Jasmine are on a perilous quest to find the seven gems stolen from the magic Belt of Deltora.
The golden topaz has already been found. But only when all the gems have been restored to the Belt can their land be freed from the dark power of the evil Shadow Lord. To find the second stone, the three heroes must travel through territory ruled by the monster-sorceress Thaegan.
Their journey is filled with treachery, trickery and danger, and at its end they must face the hideous guardian of the enchanted Lake of Tears.

City of Rats: Deltora Quest Series 1 Book 3

Best suited to 7-10 Year olds
Lief, Barda and Jasmine — companions with nothing in common but their hatred of the enemy — are on a perilous quest to find the seven lost gems of the magic Belt of Deltora.
Only when the Belt is complete once more can the evil Shadow Lord be overthrown. They have succeeded in finding the golden topaz and the great ruby. The two gems’ mysterious powers have strengthened them and given them the courage to move on in their search for the third stone.
But none of them can know what horrors await them in the forbidden City of the Rats.

Shifting Sands: Deltora Quest Series 1 Book 4

Best suited to 7-10 Year olds

When the seven gems of the magic Belt of Deltora were stolen, the evil Shadow Lord invaded the kingdom and enslaved its people.
Determined to rid their land of the tyrant, Lief, Barda and Jasmine are on a perilous quest to find the lost gems, which are hidden in fearsome places throughout the kingdom.
They have found three gems. Now they must seek the fourth, hidden in a shimmering, barren waste, kept jealously by an unknown guardian.
Separation, confusion and strange, terrible enemies await them in the ordeal of the Shifting Sands.

Dread Mountain: Deltora Quest Series 1 Book 5

Best suited to 7-10 Year olds
Lief, Barda and Jasmine are on a perilous quest to find the seven lost gems of the magic Belt of Deltora. Only when all gems have been restored to the Belt can Deltora be freed from the tyranny of the evil Shadow Lord.
Four gems have been found. Now, though grave news reaches Lief from home and he longs to return, the quest must continue.
To find the fifth stone the heroes must venture almost to the border of the Shadowlands, and plunge into the darkness and terror of the realm of the monstrous toad Gellick — Dread Mountain.

 

Maze of the Beast: Deltora Quest Series 1 Book 6

Best suited to 7-10 Year olds
The evil Shadow Lord has become aware that Lief, Barda and Jasmine are searching for the seven lost gems of the magic Belt of Deltora. He knows that if the gems can be restored to the Belt its power will threaten his tyranny.
Five gems have already been found. The next stone lies hidden in the underwater lair of the hideous and ferocious Glus.
Already exhausted, and pursued by the servants of the Shadow Lord, the three companions will need all their strength and courage to face the Maze of the Beast.

 

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