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The award-winning author Sophie McKenzie visited Roedean last week to talk to the Year 7, 8 and 9 girls about what inspired her to write her award-winning books, ‘Girl Missing’ and ‘Blood Ties’.
She started by reading an extract from the first book in her new Medusa Project series, which features four teenagers with psychic powers. She then invited the excited audience to play ‘Would You Rather....’ where the girls had to choose between various interesting scenarios e.g. 'Would you rather have telekinetic powers or be able to protect yourself from harm with an invisible shield? Would you rather be Prime Minister or an Olympic medallist?' Four girls were selected to go up to the stage with Sophie to answer a series of questions and each won a signed copy of ‘Girl Missing’.
During a Q and A session the girls discovered the Sophie was most like the character ‘Chloe’ in her Six Steps Series. They also learned that ‘Blood Ransom’, the sequel to ‘Blood Ties’, was coming out in October. Sophie explained that there was unlikely to be a sequel to ‘Girl Missing’, unless she could think of a really good storyline. She emphasised that any book sequel had to be at least as good as if not better than the first one in the series.
Towards the end of her talk, Sophie announced that the girls could enter a prize draw for a bag of Medusa Project goodies online by entering a password at www.themedusaproject.co.uk.
Sophie closed her talk to enthusiastic cheers and applause from the audience. The girls described her talk as ‘gripping in the way she interpreted her books and answered questions’ and ‘enjoyed the way that she interacted with the audience.’
We look forward to welcoming Sophie back to Roedean in January 2011 to host the Southern School Book Awards.