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Collins Big Cat Writing Competition 2021

Create a new adventure or character for Shinoy and the Chaos Crew!

Shinoy is an average kid whose gaming app has a unique upgrade...

... a button that make his TV heroes come to life! He is always faced with a mystery in his own world such as when gravity becomes too strong or rain starts falling upwards, but he can quickly use his app to call up a member of the Chaos Crew and together solve the problem. Shinoy and the Chaos Crew is a new reader series in Collins Big Cat that is action-packed full of dynamic illustrations, humour and great story-telling, all of which adds up to a truly fun and motivating way to grab the attention of every pupil.

Thank you for everyone who took part in the competition!

Check out our winning entries below!

The Day of Camp Crazy

Zoe Clarke (author of Shinoy and the Chaos Crew) reads the Overall Winner for the 5-7 New Story Category for this year’s Collins Big Cat Writing Competition 2021, which is The Day of Camp Crazy by Rory Rankin from St. George’s British International School in Rome.

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The Curse of the Sixth Finger

Chris Callaghan (author of Shinoy and the Chaos Crew) reads the Overall Winner for the 8-11 New Story Category for this year’s Collins Big Cat Writing Competition 2021, which is The Curse of the Sixth Finger by Claire Casapao from HFSE International School in Singapore.

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I was a reluctant reader too – the story of a Collins Big Cat author

What goes on in the mind of a reluctant reader and why are they so reluctant? Chris Callaghan will talk about his own experiences of being a non-reader when he was younger and the reasons and obstacles he faced. He will also speak about his time as a published author visiting schools to meet and engage with readers of all abilities.

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AGE 5-7 NEW STORY

'The Day of Camp Crazy' by Rory Rankin from St George's British International School, Italy

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AGE 8-11 NEW STORY

'The Curse of the Sixth Finger' by Claire Casapao from HFSE International School, Singapore

Read here

AGE 5-7 NEW CHARACTER

'Switch the Unpredictable' by Haadi Meghji from Al Muntazir Boys Primary School, Tanzania

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AGE 8-11 NEW CHARACTER

'Hoho the Lemur' by Ho Jayden from Wesley Methodist School Penang, Malaysia

Read here

REGIONAL WINNERS

We were blown away by the creativity and enthusiasm shown by our young readers, and selecting the regional winners was a tough call!

Read the regional winners here

Find out more about the series

Action-packed storytelling designed to engage reluctant readers, you can find out more about Shinoy and the Chaos Crew here.

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