Mr. Elliot likes being a school caretaker and a grandfather. But he has a problem. He can’t read.
- Nominated for the Silver Birch Award, 2002
“I had been thinking about writing a story about an adult learning to read when a teacher happened to tell me that the school caretaker at her school (where I was visiting) had just recently finished learning to read. I dedicated King of the Castle to the ‘real’ caretaker, Elijah Allen, because in more ways than one, he inspired me.” – KS