Sheilah Lukins.

Full Speed Ahead

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Sheilah reads from Full Speed Ahead

Full Speed Ahead: Errol's Bell Island Adventure.

This is the story of a young mouse named Errol who takes a ride on a ferry and visits the mines of Bell Island. Errol’s best friend, Old Rat, has told him wonderful stories, about how the mice and rats first came to Newfoundland as stowaways on the big sailing ships. Errol longs to have his own adventure but his parents are unhappy when he strays to far from their garbage box home. Errol, however, is a mouse on a mission and he decides to go in search of adventure. A tale of narrow escapes and dogged determination, it’s “Full Speed Ahead” for our intrepid rodent. Errol’s 'Bell Island Adventure' is a ‘first chapter book' for ages 7 and up. NOW AVAILABLE Just click on the Buy Now button.

Winner of the 2018 Bruneau Family Children’s/Young Adult Award


Buy it here and get a signed by author, personalized copy.

Available at all major book stores and also at:

Elaine's Grocery and Hardware Inc. - Portugal Cove

Tilt House Bakery - Portugal Cove Road

Think Outside the Box Craft and Gift Shop - Torbay

Errol's wants the fun to continue after you've read his book. He has posted activity pages to keep your brains sharp. There are puzzles, colouring pages, spot the difference and much more still to come.

Here's Errol's first puzzle. See if you can help him find his way through the maze. Just hit the print button on the side to print off a copy. Take you pencil and try your luck! Many thanks to Errol's best friend, Laurel, for designing the activity pages. Click on the link for more activity pages.


More Activity Pages

If you are a teacher, why not use the book in your classroom! We have designed quite a selection of worksheets just for that purpose. They cover a variety of topics based on the book's content. These handy worksheets can be used in grades 2, 3 or 4. You decide which level is best for your class.

Please click on the link below and have a look.

Worksheets for Teachers

Cool Facts about Bell Island Queen Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth I

Queen of England from 1533 to 1603

Did you know that people from England knew about the iron ore on Bell Island as early as 1578 (that's a long time ago) and the colonists at Cupids (1613) sent off samples of that ore to England for analysis. They even tried to have the iron deposits added to their colony's land grant.

Did you know that Bell island is 34 square kilometre island, 3.5 Kilometres wide and 9.7 kilometres long. There are over 3000 people living there.

Cool Facts about Rodents Porcupine

Did you know there are any types of rodents? Here's a list of some of them you might not have guessed:
  • porcupines
  • chipmunks
  • squirrils
  • muskrats
  • woodchucks
  • hamsters
  • gerbils

  • and of course,mice and rats!

    More cool facts:

    Mice and rodents can swim. A rat can tread water for up to three days and little mice can swim long distances.

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Reading at the Library in Pouch Cove Newfoundland.
Colouring pictures of Errol the mouse at Pouch Cove Newfoundland.
Coloured by Brandon from Pouch Cove Newfoundland.
Coloured by Leah from Pouch Cove Newfoundland.
Picking a winner at Torbay library, Torbay,Newfoundland.
Coloured by Francheska, age 6, from Torbay Newfoundland.
Coloured by Berkley, age 7, from Torbay Newfoundland.
Two little mice listen in.
Listening to Sheilah read from Full Speed Abead: Errol's Bell Island Adventure.
Listening to Sheilah read from Full Speed Abead: Errol's Bell Island Adventure.
Picking a winner at the Marjorie Mews Library.
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