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Best-Selling Children's Author Jonathan Stroud Visits Weston Road

Best-selling children’s author Jonathan Stroud popped in to meet pupils at The Weston Road Academy this week. Jonathan visited the Academy on Monday to talk to pupils from schools across Staffordshire about his latest book ‘The Creeping Shadow’ published by Penguin Random House Children’s, in a visit arranged by Staffordshire Libraries and Authors Aloud.

Excited pupils were treated to an insight into Jonathan’s inspiration and development process, along with a spine-tingling extract from The Creeping Shadow, part of his Lockwood & Co series; they also enjoyed chatting with him about their own ideas and having photos taken during a book signing session.

Jonathan commented “It was a wonderful event at Weston Road Academy. This was the first day of my UK ‘Creeping Shadow’ tour and the children gave me a truly welcoming and inspiring start. They bombarded me with so many fantastic and insightful questions and I’m sure there were some future authors in the audience”.

Animated pupils Poppy Ward and Polly Farrow commented:“We liked how Jonathan drew pictures and came up with ideas off the top of his head’ and ‘we also loved it when he read an extract from his book”.

Eilis Aranda Nye added, ”I loved his enthusiasm for his books”.

Weston Road’s Anita Baker added “It was wonderful to be able to offer a Best Selling author presentation to our students, who may not have had the chance to experience this before”.

“Jonathan offered them an exciting, creative, fun educational experience outside the classroom. It was a pleasure to watch our year 7’s visibly excited by the visit and involving themselves in the question and answer section. This experience will stay with our students, it resonates with them and continues for a long time after the author has gone”.

Organiser Liz Gardner from Staffordshire Libraries commented “The experience of seeing an author is invaluable in inspiring young people to read more widely for pleasure and to develop their own creative writing. We are really lucky to have been able to work with Authors Aloud UK to bring Jonathan to the school. The support from The Weston Road Academy and the schools who have attended today has been fantastic”.

About Jonathan Stroud

Jonathan Stroud is the best-selling children’s author of the Lockwood & Co series. His latest book ‘The Creeping Shadow’ was released in September. Lockwood & Co has been winning over readers in their thousands and the series has been shortlisted for more than 20 awards. Jonathan Stroud is a much loved author within the industry and has an impressive sales track record too. His Bartimaeus sequence has been translated into 35 languages and sold over 6 million copies worldwide.