On Wednesday 18th October, American author Michael Grant visited The King’s School, Worcester to talk to pupils about his latest book Monster. Published this week, Monster is a follow-up to the enormously popular GONE series.
Michael spoke to four hundred children from thirteen Worcestershire schools (King’s Worcester, Witton Middle School, Westacre Middle School, Ipsley CE RSA Academy, Malvern St James, Malvern College, Parkside Middle School, Woodrush High, Woodfield Academy, Pershore High School, Tudor Grange Academy Redditch, and Christopher Whitehead Language College) about his writing process and the inspirations for his thrilling novels. The pupils also had the opportunity to have their books signed and personally dedicated.
Specialising in young adult fiction, Michael has written over one hundred and fifty books, some as a co-author with his wife, Katherine Applegate. Michael’s life is a rich source for his torrential narratives. Growing up in a military family he has lived in almost fifty different homes in fourteen US states. Now living in the San Francisco Bay area, he takes inspiration from his views of the dark waters surrounding Alcatraz Prison to produce thrilling novels such as the GONE series, a best-selling dystopian fantasy.
His newest work, Monster, published this week, continues the story of the teens from the GONE series. Nicknamed the ‘evil genius’ of young adult fiction, Michael has also re-imagined history with his gripping and heart-wrenching Front Lines series, which looks at what might have happened if women had gone into war alongside men in WWII. He has also written the futuristic BZRK trilogy and the menacing Messenger of Fear. He was selected as a World Book Day Author for 2017.
Michael was a very engaging and entertaining speaker with a relaxed presentation style. He also read from Monster, and gave tips on writing and creating characters. The event ended with a lively Q and A with the audience.
Annabel Jeffery, the King’s School Librarian, said: ‘Michael Grant’s books are amongst the most borrowed in school libraries across Worcestershire and it was wonderful that his fans from so many schools had the opportunity to meet him today at this inspiring event. We are extremely lucky that The King’s School was included on Michael Grant’s promotional UK tour of only sixteen schools.