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You have left our minds with eager questions waiting for answers. I found it incredible how many wonderful adventures you have been on as an author. I won’t tell of your very amazing discovery about the diary, and how you worked out all those tree carvings. I promise. Also, I wish you good luck with the new book you are going to publish! I am horse mad and the story seems to be about a horse called Midnight. I am definitely going to read it when it is released. Thank you so much again for coming to Leopold Primary School! From, Paris
Hi Mark, Thank you for taking the time to come and speak to us at Leopold Primary School. We all enjoyed listening to your tales of how you wrote the books. I couldn’t imagine walking through crocodile infested lakes, or eating goanna! I’m a vegetarian and the thought of eating a farm animal makes me sick, let alone a goanna. That muddy water didn’t sound appetising either. ;) I especially loved when you told us about The Legend
of Lasseter’s Reef, I found it really fascinating! I can’t
believe you have his diary and know where the gold is! Good luck with your new book, Midnight, I can’t wait to read it! From, Millie, 4KJ
Dear Mark, Thank you for visiting us and doing your presentation. The presentation was fantastic. My favourite stories you told were Simpson and his Donkey and The Legend of Lasseter’s Reef. I couldn’t believe you got gold and the diary. I also couldn’t believe you got to see the donkey. I want to go to Gallipoli now. You have inspired me to read and write more now. I find your books really interesting because I love learning about history. From, Harry
Dear Mark, I really appreciate you coming and talking to us grade 4 students. I have really enjoyed listening to my teacher read your wonderful stories. You have inspired me to try and be an author when I grow up. I think that you have lots of fun writing these books and going on all different adventures around Australia. I actually can’t believe that you got to see, Duffy, the donkey and that you have real gold. Now that you told us that that you went on those trips, next time if you go on a trip like that again, I would love it if you could take me with you.
My favourite book would have to be The Legend of Moondyne Joe! I thought it was funny that you told me and the other kids that he kept on escaping from the jail cells. Well thanks again for talking about your fantastic books to us and I would love to see you again one time. From Meg
Dear Mark, Thanks for sharing with us today about the books you wrote. I thought that the stories behind all of your books were amazing and it is so cool to have seen them all. It was so good to see you telling us things that were true or false at the same time. I sure enjoyed going to listen to you. You inspired me to be an author because you told us where you got the ideas from to write your books which helped me. I have always wondered what it would be like to be an author and I want to be one when I am older just like you are. I just can’t believe that you have real gold because I am not sure that many people would have even just that much gold.
I hope you had a wonderful time with us and would like to come back to Leopold Primary School again someday. Thanks for sharing your books with us and have a safe trip home. From, Liv
Dear Mark, I enjoyed learning about the mysteries in your books. I especially liked hearing about The Legend of Lasseter’s Reef. How did you find the gold to his treasure? Simpson and his Donkey was a sad story. I saw the donkey up in Gallipoli like you did. Also I saw the grave of John Simpson. Back then I didn’t know the story of Simpson and his Donkey. Do you know why they named the donkey Duffy? All of your books are so interesting. My favourite book of yours is Ned Kelly and the Green Sash.
You inspire me on writing books about Australian history. I can’t believe you met Lasseter’s son! I realised you left all the clues to Lasseter’s Treasure in one of your pages when you were showing us. I am also surprised you wrote children story books like, Magic Boomerang, Outback Adventure, Our Big Island and Drummer Boy of John, John. From Yunus
Dear Mark, Wow, it was great to have you come to this school. I can’t believe you were actually here! I enjoyed listening to all the stories you told. It was so amazing that the donkey was still alive. I have enjoyed reading all your stories and it is great that you write about history.
I am sure that a lot of us enjoyed having you come to this school and we were delighted to have you come. Also congratulations on your new book. Can’t wait to learn more! Have a safe flight back to your home. From Jessica
Dear Mark, I really enjoyed your presentation and I hope you do another one. It inspired me and made me want to read more of them. I can’t wait till your next book comes out which is called Midnight, It sounds like a very good book to read because it has a cute black horse on the front page which would probably me Midnight. I liked your presentation and seeing the gold and I bet it was cool for Jake because he got to hold the gold. I would love to be you because you have gold and everything.
You even have Jandamarra’s diary which has the map to the gold and treasure I wish I could have that gold and that diary it would be so cool if I were cool. Sincerely, Connor
Dear Mark, I thought it was a great idea that you came into our school! My favourite part was how you showed the diary and how Jake got to holed the gold! I liked how you were humorous at some parts and
I have a few questions for you:
When you went to Jack Simpsons’ Grave, did you feel sad?
2. 3. 4. 5.
How did you get the diary? What inspired you to go and try to find the diary? Was did it feel like to go in our actors footsteps? How old do you think the donkey is?
Dear Mark Greenwood, I was really inspired hearing about all the adventures you went on! You make me want to find out about history and go and find gold and more! It was really hard to believe that Moondyne Joe could escape from jail so easily! I am still
wondering how he got out of the jail that was said to be inescapable. I am really amazed that the donkey is still alive!
Dear Mark Greenwood, Thank you for coming to Leopold Primary School to tell us all about your books. The book what I enjoyed listening to was probably Simpson and his Donkey. I liked how you went there and how your wife took that photo of you beside
Simpson’s grave with the ghost of donkey beside you. Keep writing books and going to the places where they happened. From Sophie
Dear Mark Greenwood,
All of your books are very spectacular! And also thank you so much for visiting here at Leopold Primary School. All your books are just so inspiring. I was so interested in all the adventures you went on!
The book I was more interested more in was probably, Simpson and his Donkey. I just never knew that Duffy, The donkey was still alive! Or is he? It kind of freaked me out because now I am thinking that Duffy is a ghost! I actually have a question for you; did the donkey walk up to you? Or was it just a Statue? Or was it just a robot? Was it really real?
You have really inspired me to write more stories, Princess 4KJ
Dear Mark, Thanks for coming to our school and showing us some of your books. The stories wore amazing and so creative.
The book I liked the most was The Legend of Lasseter’s Reef. When I heard that there was gold I wanted to go looking for it. I can’t be leave that you found Lasseter’s dairy because now you can find the lost gold. You’re a fantastic author and I will like to read your next book, Midnight. Now I have some questions: 1. Could we write a book? 2. Who is your favourite author to work with? Got to go, Jack
Dear Mark, Thank you for visiting us today. I really, loved how you went to every place of these books. My
favourite one would probably be the Legend of Moondyne Joe, because he kept on escaping from every prison, except one but, the Government said “if you can get out of this prison I will let you free”. My other one was Simpson and his Donkey Duffy. I am looking forward to reading Midnight I think it will be spectacular. Sincerely, Jacob
Hi Mark Thank you for visiting our school and for telling us all about your stories and how you wrote them.
It must have been quite hard and scary to write that book Jandamarra. You had to go through a lake filled with crocodiles and another lake filled with snakes and eels! I would want to go home straight away if it were me. I found it really amazing how you saw that donkey, Duffy. The one that was in the war over 98 years ago! I also found it really amazing about your Lasseters. You found his diary and gold! It’s really amazing how you actually found it. If I ever became an author when I’m older I would right books the way you do. Because you have one topic to write about and that is Australia I would write about horses. Probably one like Pharlap. From, Ava
Thank you for making time to come down to Victoria and visit Leopold Primary School. I think that you are a great friend of Leopold Primary School. The book that really inspired me was Simpson and his donkey Duffy. When you were telling us the real story I was about to cry. I felt sad when jack got shot and Duffy was nudging Jack trying to tell him to wake up. In my free time I am going to try figure out the mystery of The Legend of Lasseter’s Reef. Sincerely, Riley
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