Debi Evans: Author

Rolo: Jack Russell = Inspiration

The secret of my fantasy adventure success is using historic fact woven with lively imagination and crafted into a believable story, in which my dog plays an important part. The words are mine but the 'voice' of the narrator belongs to Rolo.

A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.

by Salvador Dali

Rolo is a time-travelling Jack Russell Terrier and very special pet.

Having been Rescued from Dog's Trust, Rolo discovers a secret life beyond anything he could have imagined, when he is told by a tree dragon that he is 'the chosen one'.

Unsure at first what that means, Rolo discovers he can take part in events in history, sometimes influencing events, secretly at night, without his owners knowledge. The words are Debi's, the voice of the narrator is Rolo's.

Where will his secret adventures take him next and what surprises will he find at the other end of the time tunnel?

Join Rolo as he travels back in time, leaving his (paw) mark(s) on history.

Rolo's secret adventures provide an ideal way to encourage children to enjoy chapter books interwoven with history.

Adults relish the humour and history, especially if they are dog owners. 

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About Debi

«My children are grown up and so to fill the void I rescued a Jack Russell from Dog’s Trust and he became my ‘4th child.»

This sparky little dog with a huge personality is my inspiration for 'The Secret Adventures of Rolo', alongside my love of history, reading, creative writing and a desire to share my enthusiasm for all of these with primary school age children.

It has been a bonus to discover that adults enjoy reading about Rolo's historic encounters, just as much as 7-12 year olds and I am an accredited WI speaker.  

I spent many years visiting primary schools all over the UK, and as far away as the Middle East, China, Indonesia, and USA, talking about my books and inspiring children to evolve their own creative writing.  

The secret of my fantasy adventure success is using historic fact woven with lively imagination and crafted into a believable story, in which my dog plays an important part. The words are mine but the 'voice' of the narrator belongs to Rolo.

I relish conducting creative writing workshops with Key Stage 2 children, hoping to unleash their imagination, encourage productivity and boost confidence whilst sharing  writing ideas. The smallest observation can set a lively imagination on a fantasy adventure which knows no bounds!

Mythical creatures have crept into the series - my love of dragons is not a secret but I have brought in a phoenix and unicorns to help weave an enjoyable family friendly adventure.


Listen to a chapter with Debi and Rolo

History content

If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten 

by Rudyard Kipling

Rolo's books are cross-curricular! Some of Rolo's adventures in history are linked to topics in the National Curriculum for Key Stage 2.

In each book, at least one  history chapter has been inspired by an archaeological discovery and can be used to demonstrate to children how an object from the past can tell a story.