Olive Black is a ten year old who is living her dream as a movie star, jetting around the world filming, doing movie promotions and interviews. Rather than being full of her own self-importance, Olive is a down to earth, funny, caring and adventurous girl in Year Five whose BFF is Rani.
The Pyramid Puzzle is Olive Black’s fifth movie adventure written by Alex Miles. This story was inspired by one of Olive’s fans who suggested to Alex that Olive should star in a movie about mummies.
In her latest movie The Pyramid Puzzle, Olive is a junior archeologist who is uncovering ancient secrets in the tombs of Egypt. When she returns to school Olive has another puzzle to solve when she meets a new teacher who introduces herself as Harriet. A teacher using her first name is surprising, but the shocked reaction of their teacher Miss Loople when she sees Harriet has Olive and her friends intrigued. What is the connection between the teachers and why is Miss Loople always trying to avoid Harriet?
Olive and her friends decide to dig a little deeper into the school archives to find out more about Harriet, especially when she takes the credit for Miss Loople and their class’s idea for the spectacular Egypt Alive day. Thanks to some unexpected help from Nathan the naughtiest boy in her class and some missing toilet paper, all is finally revealed.
This is a fun Egyptian mystery filled with adventure and lots of great ITHEAs (Idea That’s Hyper-Extremely Awesome)!
Alex Miles (or is that Cleopatra?) had fun talking about her book on Kids WB. You can watch it HERE
These are some things I discovered about Alex at a recent school library visit…
Alex liked to read Choose Your Own Adventure and Agatha Christie mysteries
Alex wrote 8 books in the popular Zac Power series
Alex’s first Olive Black book took 7 years to write – she had to have lots of patience and perseverance!
Alex likes acting just like Olive and she published her first play at secondary school when she was 17 years old
Alex doesn’t use any technology to write her book until the final draft. She starts writing in her journal and plots the story on a wall using post-it notes
It takes about six months to create an Olive Black book including thinking of the idea, plotting, editing and illustrating
Some writing tips from Alex…
Create great well-rounded characters – get to know them
Use ideas from the people and the world around you
Give your character challenges outside their comfort zone
Use your Imagination Muscle regularly!
You might like to invite Alex to your school to do some writing creativity sessions with your class and help you exercise your Imagination Muscle!