Author visits at the double for students

Students at Cramlington Learning Village meeting authors Derek Landy and Ally Carter.
Students at Cramlington Learning Village meeting authors Derek Landy and Ally Carter.

PUPILS at a Cramlington school have been given tips from the top about storytelling by two award-winning authors.

Students at Cramlington Learning Village got to meet novelists Derek Landy and Ally Carter, thanks to Newcastle’s Seven Stories children’s book centre.

Students in Year 8 and Year 10 listened to the authors talk about the inspiration behind their novels and about how they took up writing in the first place.

Derek Landy, author of the Skulduggery Pleasant novels and a past winner of the Red House Children’s Book Award, entertained 50 students eager to find out more about his characters.

Many of the students seized the opportunity to ask the Irishman, pictured, how many of their favourite characters were going to die in his next two novels.

The first of the 38-year-old’s Skulduggery Pleasant novels was published in 2007, and Death Bringer, the sixth in the series, came out last month.

In the same week, 150 Year 10 students attended an audience with Ally Carter, a bestselling US author.

The 37-year-old, from Oklahoma, is best known for the Gallagher Girls and Heist Society series.

The five books in the former series include Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover and Only the Good Spy Young, and the latest addition to the latter series is Uncommon Criminals, published in June.

Students were invited to ask questions and get books signed.

Deputy headteacher Rachel Johnson said: “It is not very often that students get to interview authors who have had such success, so the event was incredibly popular.

“The author visits were part of a drive to promote reading and literacy across the whole school.”