Elaine Forrestal

Teacher’s Notes for Wild Wind

Before read­ing the book

  1. Turn the book over and read the blurb on the back.
    Com­pare the white sil­hou­ette in the mid­dle of the cover with those on the other Eden Glassie books.
    Why has the designer used these par­tic­u­lar symbols?

    Inside the back cover you will see black and white pic­tures along­side the titles of the other books in the Eden Glassie Mys­tery quar­tet, just as you did in the first book, Deep Water.

    What has changed? 
    What remains the same?
    Can you tell why each of the changes was made? 
    Or does one remain a mystery? 

    This is the final Eden Glassie Mys­tery. It com­pletes the cir­cle of sea­sons that began in spring/summer with Deep Water, con­tin­ues through the autumn/winter of Stone Cir­cle, returns to spring/summer in Black Earth and autumn/winter in Wild Wind

    Each book con­tains at least one mys­tery that is solved within its pages, and fea­tures one of the ele­ments, water, earth, fire and wind. But there is also an over­all mys­tery that remains unsolved – or does it?

    An elu­sive par­al­lel uni­verse beck­ons from these pages, invit­ing a sec­ond read­ing after the sur­face adven­tures have been worked through.

Revisit  other books in the series

In Deep Water, Tori sets out, ignor­ing the advice and opin­ions of fam­ily mem­bers, to search for his dog. His courage, loy­alty and belief in him­self are all tested along the way.  

Should he have told some­one where he was going?
Would they have stopped him?

In Stone Cir­cle, while res­cu­ing Mad­die from dan­ger, Tori and the oth­ers are forced to con­front ques­tions about truth.
What is it?
Does it exist?
Is there such a thing as ‘the truth’,  
or is there only ‘the truth as I see it’?

In Black Earth, all the reserves of strength and courage that Tori has devel­oped are needed to save Bronte’s life.  

But does it take more guts to speak up for what you believe in than to res­cue some­one from a fire?  
Do we choose to save our loved ones, or even strangers, from harm?  
Or does some instinct kick in when their life is threat­ened and we hap­pen to be there, on the spot and in a posi­tion to help?  

As the four main char­ac­ters grow, changes occur within each of them, the cir­cu­lar nature of rela­tion­ships between peo­ple is shown when Tori and Bronte, who have always been ‘best mates’, fall out over the four-wheeler motorbike.  

And when Aun­tie Helen’s life is threat­ened, Mor­gan, usu­ally so fear­less, shows a much less con­fi­dent, more depen­dent side to his char­ac­ter, revert­ing to an ear­lier state of being.  

There are times in all our lives when we need to revisit the past in order to move for­ward with greater matu­rity and cer­tainty into the future. Per­haps, for Mor­gan, this is one of those times.  

  1. Imag­ine your­self as a spoke in a wheel.

    As the wheel turns, one part of you (in the cen­tre) will be mov­ing for­ward. Another part of you (on the out­side edge) will be mov­ing back for at least half of the jour­ney. Try plac­ing two coloured tags on one spoke of your bike wheel,one at the cen­tre and one near the outer rim.As you walk for­ward, beside your bike, watch how the outer tag is some­times in front of, and some­times behind, the one at the hub or cen­tre of the wheel.

    Make a spin­ning top by draw­ing, on card­board, around a lid and cut­ting out the:- cir­cle. (Or use your compass.)

    See fig­ure 1 and fig­ure 2

    Colour each quar­ter of the cir­cle to rep­re­sent one of the Eden Glassie Mys­ter­ies (Deep Water/green, Wild Wind/blue etc)

    Make a small hole in the cen­tre of the cir­cle. (The point of your com­pass will be use­ful for this.) 

    Push a sharp­ened pen­cil through the hole and spin your top.
    What hap­pens to the colours?


  2. Design and make a board game based on the adven­tures in the Eden Glassie Mys­ter­ies. 
    Use your spin­ning top as the dice.

    In Wild Wind, when Aun­tie Helen is injured and all con­tact with Uncle Ian and the out­side world is cut off, each of the four chil­dren reacts in a dif­fer­ent way. 

    Fear of the unknown and the power of for­give­ness are both expe­ri­enced and explored. 
    We can run away, hide, pre­tend it’s not there, but even­tu­ally we all have to deal with the thing that scares us. 
    And some­times, when we do come face to face with it, the scary thing is not so scary after all.

  3. Think about the thing that scares you most in the whole world.
    On a blank piece of paper, write down what it is (don’t add your name). Col­lect and col­late all the slips to make one list of the ‘worst fears’ in your class or group.  In pairs dis­cuss your own worst fear and why it is so scary for you.
    Choose two of the most com­mon ‘worst fears’ and role-play some ways to deal with them.

After you have read the novel:

The Eden Glassie Mys­ter­ies are writ­ten as a cir­cu­lar quar­tet, not a lin­ear series.  

This means that you should be able to pick up any one of the books and con­tinue read­ing around the circle.  

How has Elaine For­re­stal made this possible?

  1. How many cir­cles did you notice in this story?

    Begin­ning with the cyclone itself, list as many as you can think of. 
    Clue: there are at least three in Chap­ter 21.

  2. In Amer­ica, cyclones are called hur­ri­canes. 
    Can you think of another story involv­ing four main char­ac­ters and a fierce, cir­cu­lar storm?  Clue: fol­low the yel­low brick road to your library and ask your librarian.

  3. In Chap­ter 3, the power goes off at Eden Glassie.
    Has the power ever gone off at your house? 
    How did you feel?
    What did you do?
    Which appli­ance did you miss most?
    Write a short account of your (or your family’s) expe­ri­ences with­out electricity.

    Or

    Imag­ine that you lived in the days before elec­tric­ity was invented and write a story about one day in your life.

  4. For­give­ness is one of the ‘hid­den’ themes in Wild Wind.

    Tori feels sorry for the wolf and is pre­pared to help it, in spite of the fact that it attacked Aun­tie Helen.
    Every­one feels sorry for Mike (or Del­phine) after Mike is beaten up by Rip­per and Spike. 

    Is it nec­es­sary to feel sorry for some­one before you can for­give them? 
    Is there any­thing that you feel is unfor­give­able? 
    What would be the hard­est thing for you to forgive?


Famous cyclones

Cyclone Tracey dev­as­tated the city of Dar­win dur­ing the hours of dark­ness on Christ­mas Eve, 1974.  

Cyclone Alby left a trail of dam­age from Ger­ald­ton to Albany, ham­mer­ing the city of Perth on April 4th 1978 .

Cyclone Bobby cut West­ern Aus­tralia off from the rest of the coun­try on 24th Feb­ru­ary 1995 when it crossed the coast unex­pect­edly, flat­tened the north-west town of Onslow and veered inland caus­ing wide­spread flood­ing on the Nullar­bor Plain. Both the Eyre High­way and the Indian Pacific rail­way line were washed away and no vehi­cles could get through, either way, for seven days.

Research


Cyclones are given names so that peo­ple can eas­ily dis­tin­guish one from another, espe­cially as there can be two or three cyclones hap­pen­ing around Aus­tralia at the same time.  

Find out who chooses the names and how they decide which name to give.
Visit your local Bureau of Mete­o­rol­ogy.
Find out which instru­ments are used to track cyclones.

Wolves are not found in the wild in Australia.

Which Aus­tralian ani­mal is most like a wolf?
What are the main dif­fer­ences between the two species?
Go on an excur­sion to the zoo.  
Check out the dif­fer­ent kinds of wolves and native dogs.  
Is the Tas­man­ian wolf really a wolf?

Some­thing to think about

Did you think the events in these books were real?
Did they turn out to be a story, after all?  

Or did they start out as a story and become real for you?  
Dis­cuss this with other mem­bers of your class or group.