Pupils learn a new chapter

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YOUNGSTERS at a Tynemouth school have been finding out about life as a writer.

Television producer, screenwriter and children’s author John Stephens visited the King’s School last week, where he read from his latest work and spoke to pupils about his love of Dickens novels.

John also chatted to youngsters about his role as executive producer of TV show Gossip Girl and his work as a writer for Gilmore Girls and the OC.

The Los Angeles-based author talked to pupils aged nine to 12 and read from his new series The Books of Beginning, which began with The Emerald Atlas and continues with a second novel, The Fire Chronicle.

King’s librarian Julie Angel said: “We’re delighted to have hosted John Stephens at the school.

“He is the third author to visit King’s this term but the first from America.

“His books about the characters Kate, Michael and Emma searching for their parents are a magical blend of adventure and quest which were a big hit, and enchanted our young readers.”

During the week-long visit John told pupils about life as a writer and how his story ideas develop from events in his life and from childhood.

“I love the north east of England and have been here many times,” he said.

“Newcastle and York are beautiful cities.

“The pupils were interested in my life as a writer as well as my stories.

“They engaged with my questions, knew the answers, and asked lots of questions themselves – they were great.”