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Friday, 01 July 2011
Year 8 girls at Bolton School were delighted to welcome author
Annabel Pitcher to their reading circle, who has just seen her
debut novel, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, nominated for The
Guardian's Children's Book of the Year prize.
Twenty nine year old Annabel ran a wonderful creative writing
session with the girls, helping them create a character's
voice. Annabel's novel is written in the first person,
through the eyes of Jamie and she read excerpts to the group.
Writing in the first person allows you to drop the quotation marks,
which interested the class a lot. Annabel advised the class
to look at the work of fellow-author and friend Marcus Sedgwick in
The Raven Mysteries where he writes from the perspective of a
Annabel said: "There has been some brilliant work today and this
is the best group I've ever had. The girls were very bright -
academically but also imaginatively and creatively. An
Philippa Lee, aged 13, said: "It has been a great morning.
I really enjoyed the way Jamie was portrayed in the book and how he
had did not have any emotions towards his sister." Nina
Rabbitt, aged 13, had also enjoyed the lesson: "We played a great
warm up game and we were made to think of how different people and
things see the world and how it might look from their
Annabel's novel has been hailed as a triumph and is funny, warm
and honest. She has just finished writing her second novel,
which she said was a slightly different experience - in that she
had to work to a deadline and writing was no longer a hobby but a
The Year 8 Reading Group meets every 2 weeks to discuss and
analyse a range of literature that the girls are enjoying.
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