On Friday 18th July, author Anne Rooney visited Stratton Upper School. In her own words, Anne writes “short books for short people, longer books for longer people”. During her visit Anne helped students investigating a “crime scene”; she also met a menagerie of animals on the school farm and took in the sight of “Woodhenge”. Later Anne met with students to discuss books and reading. Two Year 9 Reading Challenge stars, Alistair Sutherland and Shannon Dullaghan were each presented with a signed copy of one of Anne’s books and some students were lucky enough to enjoy Anne reading from her book, Die Now or Live Forever. Following the visit, Anne has agreed to become Stratton’s Patron of Reading. Through this connection Anne will visit the school again in the new school year as well as developing an online presence with the school. Dominique Braybrooks, School Librarian, who arranged the visit, said: “We hope this partnership will inspire more students to get reading, or better still, to encourage a new generation of authors.” For more information about Anne and her books, please visit her website www.annerooney.com and to find out more about the Patron of Reading scheme, please visit www.patronofreading.co.uk.
Photograph courtesy of Mr P Ward