Meet Rolo, rescue Jack Russell who explores and explains history to children and interested adults, aided by dragons!
We have been busily writing Book 5 'Phoenix and the Dragonling' soon to go to print and ready end December 2019.
Pre-order opportunity on this website. Primary school visits and Adult group talks flourishing.
'The Secret Adventures of Rolo' and ‘The Secret Society of Dragon Protectors’ series of fantasy adventure books are enjoyed by children aged 7-12 and adults too!
Here you can find out about the books I have written and 'author visits' for primary schools and adult groups. Read testimonials like this:
'Thank you for coming to my school today. You have given me a reason to read. THANK YOU'
(From A. Luckington community school).
There is a link to buy The Secret Adventures of Rolo books or download Kindle editions. Scroll down this page for book reviews.
You can also join Rolo's fan club and receive his newsletters by email, find out about my talks to adult groups or make a school booking.
'I have been reading this to my son (age 6).
He loves the cheeky talkative dog Rolo and the many adventures he partakes in. He listens to a chapter or two every night, a different time travelling adventure! The events from history that Rolo becomes involved in lead to questions from young inquisitive minds, causing storytime to become educational and communicative.
I would say this is a must read, easy to follow for children, holds their attention too and broadens their knowledge.
Rolo is often comical in his blogs, makes me wonder what my dog is thinking!' CG (Dad)
'Malmesbury C of E Primary School were recently fortunate to enjoy a second visit from the children’s author, Debi Evans during a repeat of a hugely successful unit on Myths and Legends. Previously reluctant readers have been thoroughly enthused to read, read and read more. It has also inspired many of our children to pick up their pens and write their own creative pieces' R.B(teacher)
'It is the best book I've ever read. My son loved it and I loved it! It's the way it's written as if you're the dog and the best part is the begging when the dogs are barking and the one that's not is one that gets picked. I would say that if you are a dog, cat, fish or rabbit fan you'll love every page of it! Please write the second book!' Peter Murphy 'smurfy' Islington, London
'My 8 year old daughter loves this book, we also have a Jack Russell which makes it all the more special; we can imagine our dog doing similar things to Rolo. It is very well written and teaches her other things along the way! It is imaginative and keeps her guessing as to what will happen next so she just wants to keep on reading it, bring on Rolo's next adventure!' L and H Morse
'Jewel Dog and the Dragons' reviewed in Newbury Weekly News by Caroline Franklin 5 October 2017
My primary school class and I are fans of this author's writing and we were really looking forward to book 4. It was definitely worth the wait. As before, there are stories through time but the author has kept the story fresh by including adventures with fantasy creatures too. Watch out for the unicorns and more dragons! The adventure to Must Farm in its bronze age origins will be a great way into our history topic but I love the ways these stories nurture a love of reading and language as well. I will also be recommending the First World War and Greek stories to my colleagues to bring their history topics to life. These stories are full of humour, joy and life and my class will love them' Mrs E Baxter, teacher, Warwickshire
Debi Evans, the author of the time travelling Rolo the terrier books -- and other earlier books -- has such imaginative flare coupled with an easy flowing personable style of writing. These books are a great read for children and adults! Not only do they stimulate reading skills, but the history and clever little anecdotes about the countryside enrich the reader's knowledge as well. The fun layout and charming illustrations compliment the stories. An intangible je ne sais quoi quality about the Rolo books leaves me feeling just a little bit wiser and more positive for having read them and I think, therefore, they must have the same affect on children. Deeper dimensions in the writing than, say, Harry Potter. I would like to see Rolo made into an animated film/films and if Debi keeps going with this series, she may well get a phone call from someone in the film industry one day soon.
‘Debi has visited our school twice now and continues to excite and inspire our pupils. As a school we have immensely enjoyed The Secret Adventures of Rolo series, and can't wait to read book 4. Debi has also, very kindly, given up her time to work closely with some or our more able writers, guiding them through the creative process of writing.’ S Taylor Deputy Head Chiseldon Primary School
I am writing to thank you for visiting Little Somerford WI on Thursday evening and giving us such an enjoyable talk about your children's books. Members were so impressed with the variety of sources of inspiration you used and how you weave them into lovely stories. You gave us a lively presentation that was a pleasure to listen to, thank you.