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What's in a story?

With the help of Champ the canine engineer, learn all about the three components of a story—beginning, middle, and end.

James Hannibal

45 Minute Program



In this program, I'll walk the children through a quick story about Champ, a canine locomotive engineer whose lovely day goes wrong when a thief steals his collar. Using Champ's little adventure, I'll explain what it means when we say every story has a beginning, middle, and end. Afterward, I'll answer questions about stories, becoming an author, or what it's like to fly as a stealth, fighter, drone, and airline pilot. If requested, I'll also read an excerpt from one of any of my books chosen by the group.

About the Author

Former stealth pilot James R. Hannibal is the author of grown-up spy stories and the award-winning Section 13 children’s adventures including The Lost Property Office, The Fourth Ruby, and The Clockwork Dragon.

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