Our author of the week is Ross MacKenzie!
Fans of fantasy: this week we're heading to King's Haven with our author of the week, Ross MacKenzie! You can read the series book in the Evernight series for FREE, watch a video to find out about his latest story, Feast of the Evernight, discover Ross's top three children's books and read a Q&A all about reading!
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Ross MacKenzie's recommended reads
The Witches by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake
This is the book that made me want to be a writer, and what higher praise can I possibly give? The pages fizz with magic and humour, and 30 years after my first read, I’ve still never quite encountered a villain to match the Grand High Witch!
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell
Neil Gaiman’s story of Nobody Owens, a young boy raised in a graveyard by ghosts, is filled with unforgettable moments. This is a touching, funny and occasionally scary story, all wrapped up in hauntingly beautiful prose. My favourite children’s book.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
I couldn’t leave the story of Augie Pullman off my list. We join Augie, a boy born with severe facial deformities, as he is about to take his first steps into a scary new world – middle school. It’s a glorious and powerful story about friendship and courage, and Augie is an unforgettable hero.
Q&A with Ross MacKenzie
If you could be a storybook character, who would you be?
That’s a tough one to answer! There are so many characters I love from my favourite books. But if I absolutely must choose, I think I’d like to be Harry Potter for a couple of days. It would be amazing to explore Hogwarts and take a few magical classes - and I’ve always wanted to hop onto a broomstick and do a bit of flying!
What is the best thing about reading?
For me, the best thing about reading is always the golden moment in the story when you realise you’re hooked. It’s that instant when, all of a sudden, you are in those pages with those characters, and you know you are going to be with them until the journey ends, no matter what. When I’m reading a book like that, the real world just melts away around me, taking my problems and worries with it for a while. That’s the magic of books.
What is your all-time favourite book?
My all-time favourite is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Packed with humour, heart, darkness and glorious writing, I think it’s as close to perfect as any book can get. Just read it! Please!
What can you do to get better at reading?
Reading is like a great many other things. The more you practise the better you get. But reading should always be a fun adventure! So, I think the trick is to find the sort of stories that you want to read, and start there. It doesn’t matter whether the book has fifty pages or five hundred, whether it’s a comedy or a horror, or if there are illustrations or not. If you enjoy the stories and keep coming back for more, your confidence will grow. Then you’ll want to try other kinds of books, and you’ll find new favourites and new adventures, and before you know it there will be no stopping you! Happy reading!