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Set your imagination soaring with Vashti Hardy

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The book cover of Brightstorm, by Vashti Hardy

Our author of the week is Vashti Hardy

This week author Vashti Hardy is sharing Brightstorm, a fast-paced fantasy adventure that will let your imagination run wild! You can read completely FREE! There's also an exclusive video from Vashti, you can discover her top three recommended children's books and find out more about what she enjoys about reading in a Q&A!

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Vashti Hardy - Author of the week

Vashti Hardy's recommended reads

Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver

The atmospheric Stone Age setting with a touch of magic transports you into the world, and the unfolding friendship between Torak and Wolf is a joy to be part of.

The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol

This is a charming adventure, with some beautifully imagined, original magic and creatures, and is about a young witch finding her feet.

The Book of Hopes by Katherine Rundell

This book brings together short stories, poems and illustrations from 133 authors and illustrators – it’s a real treat to dip into, with something for everyone.

Q&A with Vashti Hardy

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

I would be Lucy Carlyle from Lockwood & Co by Jonathan Stroud because I love ghost stories. Being a psychic investigator would be thrilling and a lot of fun.

What is the best thing about reading?

I adore being transported into different worlds through reading, especially fantasy worlds. It’s like going on the best holiday ever! I enjoy stories where I feel as though the characters are completely real and are like my close companions, or books with atmospheres that envelop me. Reading never feels like an effort when I’m enjoying a book wholeheartedly.

What is your all-time favourite book?

Rebecca’s World by Terry Nation. It’s the book I read as a child that both made me a reader and want to be a writer. It has a different world, ghosts, a map, riddles, great friendships, amazing creatures and a deliciously horrible baddy. Everything I love in a book!

What can you do to get better at reading?

Seek out books that spark with you. Ask your friends, teachers and librarians for recommendations because you never know what’s out there that will make your imagination fly. Remember there are many different types of reading to choose from: fiction, poetry, books with facts, picture books, graphic novels, audiobooks etc. You’re never too old to enjoy being read a story. I often go to bed listening to an audiobook. It’s amazing how language infuses into you without any effort when you’re absorbed by a good read. If you find reading tricky and prefer a shorter read, ask your teacher or librarian about Barrington Stoke books. They have a brilliant collection of wonderful shorter length books to enjoy.