The Chronicles of Jack McCool (A young hero who happens to have ADHD).
Meet the Author, Ruth Devine, followed by Q&A.
Ruth Devine, Author and Journalist
Ruth has 3 sons with ADHD. She wrote the Jack McCool series so that her children in particular, and all children, could enjoy an adventure series, where the hero is one that they could look up to, relate to and be inspired. Ruth’s father delighted in spinning bedtime stories featuring the legendary Irish folk hero Finn McCool; stories that mesmerised her as a young girl, – but didn’t do much in getting Ruth to sleep. From those childhood tales, grew this exciting adventure series about Jack McCool, a colourful and quirky modern-day Finn. Join Ruth to learn about this ADHD hero – the challenges he faces at school in the shape of Ms Medusa and the school bully Oscar, and the triumphs he achieves. Ruth will also share the techniques she uses when writing for her young ADHD audience – how she keeps them engaged, and subtly supports their working memory challenges.
Ruth Devine is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of experience in both the UK and Australia working across both print and digital media. She specialises in writing about parenting and health. Ruth has three sons diagnosed with ADHD and is the author of the popular children’s adventure series The Chronicles of Jack McCool, whose eponymous hero also has the disorder.
Ruth is a regular speaker at schools, libraries and conferences and lives on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
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