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Ockbrook School was one of just four UK schools chosen to take part in ‘Reading Zone Live’ with best selling US author, E. Lockhart. Our students participated in an unforgettable Q&A session during the author’s whistle-stop UK tour of her new book Genuine Fraud.
Emily Jenkins, who sometimes uses the pen name E. Lockhart, is an American writer of children’s picture books, young-adult novels, and adult fiction. She is known best for the Ruby Oliver quartet, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and We Were Liars.
With the author based at The Grey Coat Hospital, London, the 40-minute online webinar was enjoyed by Abi Kinsella (Year 12), Tamsin Worthy (Year 11), Dallas Welsh (Year 9) and Kitija Williams (Year 8).
Catherine Purcell is Ockbrook School’s librarian: “The students who took part absolutely loved E. Lockhart’s bestseller We Were Liars and were only too eager to read Genuine Fraud prior to the live online event. We were very lucky to receive two copies of her new book in advance; two free copies to read and keep in the library forever.
“Reading Zone Live with E. Lockhart took the form of a brief interview with the author, conducted by Caroline Horn from Reading Zone. Students then put their own questions to the author to answer directly. They had quite a list each so we weren’t ever going to be short of things to say.
“Overall, the experience was brilliant. The value of a Q&A with an author is priceless and inspirational for all students, wherever they are on their creative writing path.”
Emily holds a doctorate in English literature from Columbia University. Her field was 19th-century British novel. In 2013 she chaired the committee on Young People’s Literature for the National Book Awards. She currently teaches creative writing at Hamline University’s low-residency MFA program in Writing for Children.