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Set in the Western Isles, Windscape is an exciting children’s adventure that explores the dilemma between the usefulness of wind farms and the beautiful scenery they can sometimes destroy. Jenny MacLeod’s mother has died and her father is about to lose their farm after mounting debts. The only way for her and her father to keep their home, set on the beautiful Hushwish Bay, is to sign up to a wind turbine project. When protestors invade their beach and her father has a heart attack, the well-to-do Murdochs take Jenny under their wing. She soon finds out, however, that Mr Murdoch has been keeping letters back from her and her father. Letters that could have saved their home without the need to build the wind farms there in the first place. Will Jenny have time to save everything she loves?

Windscap‪e‬ Paul Murdoch

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Set in the Western Isles, Windscape is an exciting children’s adventure that explores the dilemma between the usefulness of wind farms and the beautiful scenery they can sometimes destroy. Jenny MacLeod’s mother has died and her father is about to lose their farm after mounting debts. The only way for her and her father to keep their home, set on the beautiful Hushwish Bay, is to sign up to a wind turbine project. When protestors invade their beach and her father has a heart attack, the well-to-do Murdochs take Jenny under their wing. She soon finds out, however, that Mr Murdoch has been keeping letters back from her and her father. Letters that could have saved their home without the need to build the wind farms there in the first place. Will Jenny have time to save everything she loves?

    Chapter 21 – Dumbarton Rock

    Chapter 21 – Dumbarton Rock

    Topics to explore : camels, granite, the River Leven, Formica. What is the difference between a carrion crow and a hooded crow. (Draw) Words to explore : corrugated, frayed, ignition, moored, throttle, carcasses… Emotions : What is Jenny feeling as Pavel steals the cruiser in Dumbarton? Summarise the chapter in a few sentences, draw a …

    Chapter 20 – The Truck

    Chapter 20 – The Truck

    Topics to explore : different kinds of knots, Loch Lomond… How old is Dumbarton Castle? What famous Scottish Hero was supposed to have been held there before being taken to his execution? Words to explore : hitch, boggy, lay-by, struts, furious, snoring… Emotions : Why does Jenny throw the letter away? Summarise the chapter in …

    Chapter 19 – The Mart

    Chapter 19 – The Mart

    Topics to explore : Marts, auctions… What animals are sold at auction marts in Scotland? Where is your nearest Mart? Words to explore : donkey-jacket, baler twine, froth, podium… Emotions : What could be going through Sandy’s mind when he eventually unties Jenny and Pavel? Summarise the chapter in a few sentences, draw a favourite …

    Chapter 18 – The Battle on the Brae

    Chapter 18 – The Battle on the Brae

    Topics to explore : fables, saying thank you in Polish https://youtu.be/L4kodGYaiSA Oban has a building that looks like a colosseum. Where is the original Colosseum? Who built it and when? What was it used for? Find out more about the one in Oban. Words to explore : stowaway, sample, scanning, mutt, dunder-heed (dunderheed/dunderhead)… Emotions : …

    Chapter 17 – The Bookshop

    Chapter 17 – The Bookshop

    Topics to explore : Bookshops – The oldest known bookstore still opened in France (and Europe) is the Librairie Nouvelle d’Orléans. Its owner in 1545 was Étienne Rouzeau. What else can you find out about book sellers? Jenny says her dad likes ‘fantasy and adventure books’, what kind of books or stories do you like? …

    Chapter 16 – The Big Clue

    Chapter 16 – The Big Clue

    Topics to explore : sea sickness, Oban Cathedral, Follies, Windy refers to WPD (wind power density). What other considerations might there be when deciding to place a wind turbine? In the text it mentions ‘Herculean proportions’ – Who was Hercules? Words to explore : dissolved, cistern, adopted, toddler, hostile, deference, starboard, ingenuity… Emotions : How did …

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