Award winning children’s author Ali Sparkes visited HDHS in July, to talk to the school’s year 7s and pupils from local primary schools.
Ali has written over thirty novels, including the ‘Shape Shifter’ adventure series, and others such as ‘Dark Summer’, ‘Out of This World’ and ‘Frozen in Time’, which won the Blue Peter Children’s Book Award in 2010. Her latest book, ‘Destination Earth’, a sci-fi thriller, was published in June.
Ali enthralled pupils with her informative and humorous life story of how she became an author. She encouraged students who wanted to write even if they had setbacks along the way; pointing out she had many rejection letters from publishers but still carried on until she was successful. Ali also advised pupils that a career in journalism was a good way to help being an author.