Red Snow is the first children's novel written by Larraine Harrison, after retiring from a career in education. Larraine trained as a teacher in 1969 and went on to become a consultant in drama in education and an English adviser for Barnsley in Yorkshire. Larraine has written several books for teachers but this is her first attempt at a novel. The novel will be used as a classroom resource by a group of schools in a local multi academy trust. She lives in Yorkshire with her husband and has 2 grown up children and 2 grand children. When she is not writing she plays the saxophone as a hobby.
Larraine's website contains free resources for teachers and will soon include ideas on how to use Red Snow as a class text to develop literacy.
In January 2018, she worked with 8 classes of pupils in Crofton Junior school Wakefield Yorkshire, to introduce them to her book Red Snow. The children had not read the book before, so she read them the first few pages and summarised the rest of the first chapter. Then she used drama strategies to work with them to make up an extra scene, which she later wrote up for them. For the scene and description of the strategies- see the section on Drama and reading for meaning on her website larrainesharrison.com