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Gracemere man goes from classroom to writing books for teens

STORY TELLER: Retired teacher Royce Bond has written his 13th book, The Summoning of the One.
STORY TELLER: Retired teacher Royce Bond has written his 13th book, The Summoning of the One. Chris Ison Rokcbook

YOU can hear the passion in Royce Bond's voice when he talks about teaching.

The Gracemere man spent 22 years in the classroom, coming up with ways to ensure students were excited about learning.

Whether it was taking students to different schools on a travelling science expo or giving his classroom a medieval theme, his students were always eager to get to class.

It has been the years at school that helped teach Royce the best ways to communicate with teenagers.

The primary school teacher has written 13 books, mostly novels for kids to give them a glimpse into a magic world.

The 57-year-old said his books were all part of getting kids eager to learn.

Despite not teaching these days, Royce still heads back to the classroom to read his books to students.

"I write fantasy and the kids love it; when I read it they are rapt," Royce said.

Royce spent his teaching days at Capella and Allenstown state schools before retiring.

And now Royce has more time to spend on his writing and is releasing his latest book.

The Summoning of the One is the second book of a series he's created, that sees a student ripped from his world and into an adventure.

For Royce, writing about different worlds is something he can directly relate to.

"When I was young I was bullied in high school and the way I dealt with that was slipping into my own world," Royce said.

"That has led me to being able to write like this; I can write my own worlds because I have 40 years of my own experience."

 

ROYCE'S BIG BREAK

ROYCE Bond first put pen to paper for his first book in 1991.

The science teacher took out the BHP CSIRO Science Teachers Award that year and was snapped up by Scholastic to write a science book for teachers.

After rejecting the book offer, a stern word from his wife saw him change his mind and his life has never been the same since.

His first children's book, The Case of the Smelly Armpit had worldwide success.

For more information on Royce's book visit roycebondauthor.com.

Topics:  author, science, teacher




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