Let's Get Those Kids Reading

Mystery adventures to intrigue, challenge and entertain your child.

Blessed with a curious nature and quick wits, eleven-year-old Taya has a knack for ferreting out mysterious goings-on. When something puzzles her, she simply has to investigate. 
Join Taya, her best friend, Chris, and the big woolly dog, Minette, in their exciting, funny, and often dangerous adventures.   

Reading Age: 8-12 years.

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No mystery remains unsolved when Taya is around.
GummShoes
 
Do you know someone who is a scared, teased, isolated, needy kid?  Frankie Gumm aand Oliver Mollison do and they make it their mission to help those kids hold their heads high.
As they solve the odd goings-on around their school, Frankie and Olly teach the members of the Gummshoe Gang strategies to help them stand up for themselves in the face of bullying.

                              Reading Age: 8-12 years
 
 
Book 1.  The Nobbled Numbskull     
 
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The Tooth Fairy Kingdom is a busy, busy place.
There are lots of jobs to be done; collecting, recycling,
polishing, soothing and sorting to name but a few.
So, what happens when a Tooth Fairy doesn’t like her job?
Will Robin’s plan to change her life work out well or
will things go horribly wrong?

Reading Age:   7-9 years






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ABOUT ME
Hello and welcome.
 
I was born and raised in Brisbane, Australia where I still live with my husband and our two dogs. I grew up with a love of reading thanks to my mother who declared 'you are never lonely when you have a book to read'.
 
I had my first library card at age two and developed a vivid imagination and a delight in storytelling. 

My favourite books during childhood were the adventure stories of Enid Blyton - The Secret Seven and Famous Five series - and later the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries. 

As a primary school teacher I used storytelling and drama as the base for my classroom practice, creating stories and plays through which my students were encouraged to develop deeper understanding and knowledge of curriculum concepts. 

During thirty years in the classroom I noticed the struggle many children have in making the transition from picture books to chapter books. They find it difficult to move from having pictures providing the cues and connections to the text to having to create the pictures in their minds in order to connect to the text. They become frustrated with the many pages of the traditional novel and often lose interest in reading. 

We cannot afford to have children losing interest in reading. It is such a vital skill.  My stories are short, adventure/mysteries that get the story told quickly using age appropriate vocabulary. The children are able to read a complete novel in a relatively short time. 

Now retired from classroom teaching, I have more time for two of my favourite things; writing mysteries for young readers and travelling.
 
My aim is to use imaginative storytelling to create intriguing mysteries for young readers aged 8 -12 years. The Taya Bayliss series of mystery adventures began with 
Taya Bayliss - Treasure Hunter which I published in August 2012.
It was followed in the same month by  Taya Bayliss - Dog Sitter.

Taya Bayliss - Code Breaker  hit the stands in August 2013. 
Taya Bayliss - Snake Charmer  slithered in to join the set in October 2014 and 
Taya Bayliss - Tree Hugger  was completed in September 2015 and was taken up as
a text for students studying English in a school in Croatia.  How exciting!!
(See video below.)
 
 I am now working on the next Taya Bayliss story 'Secret Seeker' and a new mystery series with an anti-bullying theme called GummShoes

 
 
Visit my blogs:
 
Think Obsess Breathe .....Calming The Chaos One Step at a Time
 
The Big Blonde Dog ……..adventures and misadventures of my dog, Trudy.
 
Taya Bayliss Mysteries
  1. Classroom writing workshop
    Classroom writing workshop
  2. Coffee shop display
    Coffee shop display
  3. Old Writers' Launch State Library
    Old Writers' Launch State Library
  4. Kumon Awards Evening
    Kumon Awards Evening
  5. Ready to go
    Ready to go
  6. This year's calendar
    This year's calendar
  7. Signing day
    Signing day
  8. 5 star reviews
    5 star reviews

SCHOOL VISITS

I really enjoy doing school visits for book talks and/or creative writing workshops.​​​

Workshops and talks are based around my books, but can be adapted to your needs.
All workshops follow the Australian National Curriculum’s three interrelated strands for English,  Language, Literature and Literacy.

Some popular topics include:
Design a  Treehouse (Or design/Sell a castle, deserted lighthouse, haunted house, etc.)
Choose your own Adventure
The P.E.R.F.E.C.T. Plan 
Six word memoirs
Creating picture books/ junior novels.

Available as:   
30 min talk/activity presentation
1hr interactive workshop to gain story ideas and starts.
2hr intense workshop to create story ideas and a short story draft.
Or any time requested.

Workshops costs are calculated using the base rates determined by the Australian Authors Association. Their schedule of fees can be found here:


Encouraging literacy and creative expression in children is my passion.
As such, I am sometimes willing to offer my time freely to schools with students at risk, or in need. It is also possible to reduce fees by organizing pre-orders of my books.
If you’d like a school visit, contact me so that we can work something out for the kids.


Contact me at: erica@ejgore.net
The dog in 'Dog Sitter' is funny and very clever. I liked the way that the author tells you what the dog is thinking as well as what the people are thinking.  
 
Matthew Y.  aged 9  Brisbane, Australia.
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​I think 'Treasure Hunter' is amazing because it has rich vocabulary that can help you with your own writing. It has lots of mystery which makes you think and keep your brain active.'

Anna L.   Aged 9  Brisbane, Australia
 
"Just like to pass on some great news. After giving my granddaughter a set of your books I purchased prior to xmas. I gave them to her for xmas. Since then she has become fascinated with your books. After a parent teacher interview yesterday, reports are that her reading has improved, so has her writing and so has the content of her stories. Teacher is very happy with her progress in class. I'll have to keep up with the purchase of books to come."

Mariee:  Macleay Island, Qld.


TEACHER RESOURCES

Teachers, these are downloadable files for you to use with your classes as you read the Taya Bayliss Mysteries together.  I hope you find them useful.
A Place To Live 
Character Profile
Comparison Chart
Connections
More 
Connections
Definitions 
Detective
Inferences
Powerful Words
Pronouns
Tense
Wordsearch
Treasure Hunter
Wordsearch
Dog Sitter
Enjoying Taya Bayliss Books
Recently students from Cvrčak Grupa, Zagreb, Croatia, studied 
'Taya Bayliss - Tree Hugger' in their English class. They put together a massive presentation of their learning for a Challenge Quiz.
Here is the video message they sent me so that I could see some of their work.
I am super proud of what they have done. Aren't they fabulous?
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