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Don't reach rock bottom with Ross Montgomery

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The book cover image of Rock Bottom by Ross Montgomery

Our author of the week is Ross Montgomery!

It's almost the summer holidays! If you're looking for a new story to get stuck into before freedom begins, try Rock Bottom by our author of the week, Ross Montgomery!

Tempted? Check out the video with Ross below to learn more about the book, have a look at his favourite children's books and read his best reading tips.

If you enjoy reading this book, your local library service has loads more ebooks to borrow for FREE. Ask your parents to help you join.

And for more reading fun including book recommendations, mini challenges, games and more, why not sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge

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Ross Montgomery - Author of the week

Ross Montgomery's recommended reads

Otherland by Louie Stowell

Funny, magical, fast-paced adventure set in a magical underworld - will Myra and Rohan be able to save baby Shilpa from the Fairy Queen?

Vi Spy by Maz Evans

Vi is caught between her two parents - a super-spy named Easter Bunny and a super-villain named Sir Charge. Laugh-out-loud and full of peril!

Zombierella: Fairytales Gone Bad by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Freya Hartas

A gruesome, grisly retelling of the Cinderella story that's beautifully written and very funny!

Q&A with Ross Montgomery

If you could be a storybook character, who would you be?

It's a tricky one because I love reading and I love loads of different stories. I've got loads of favorite characters. I mean, it would maybe be a bit self-indulgent to choose a character that I've invented, but why not?

In Rock Bottom, Nick doesn't come up with his ingenious plan or his own. He's helped by a character called Robyn, the naughtiest girl in school. I'm a bit nervous about the idea of doing things and not meant to, so I always love writing about characters that are naughty.

If I can be any character, it would be someone like Robyn. I like naughty kids.

What is the best thing about reading?

I think to me, the best thing about reading has always been that it gives me a chance to escape. I like the fact that you can pick up a book and it will take you into a completely different world. It gives you a chance to live lives outside of your own.

The nice thing about books is that there are so many different types. You can escape into a funny story. You can escape into a magical story. You can, even if you want to escape into a horror story, if you're a glutton for punishing. Which I am. I really like horror stories.

What is your all-time favourite book?

Speaking of horror stories, it's tricky for me to pick one particular book that I like above all others, but one that I found myself recommending to children a lot at the moment is a book called Coraline by Neil Gaiman.

Some of you might recognise the title because it was made into a film. It's beautifully written, it's funny, but it's mainly really scary. It's a very weird, very creepy book. So if you're feeling brave, then I recommend Coraline by Neil Gaiman to you.

What can you do to get better at reading?

My number one tip for anyone is to do what you're doing now. Use things like virtual libraries, and visit real libraries. If you have a chance to, use them.

I think the main thing that gets people stuck with reading is they find one thing that they like, which is great, and then they just stick with that because they know they're going to enjoy it. You should read the things that you love, but also you should push yourself and try out the things that you would never normally pick up.

You'll find loads of things that aren't for you. You can just read them for a bit and put them back. But you'll also stumbled upon authors and books and stories that you didn't realise were out there that you never would have chosen up before.