Storybook success

Millfield pupil Jenni Roach meets her literary idol, top children's author Jacqueline Wilson.
Millfield pupil Jenni Roach meets her literary idol, top children's author Jacqueline Wilson.

THORNTON schoolgirl Jenni Roach has won a dream day out thanks to her writing skills.

Jenni entered a national writing competition as part of the first ever Jacqueline Wilson Festival, centred around the famous children’s author.

Imaginative Jenni, a student at Millfield Science and Performing Arts College, had to finish a story started by Ms Wilson and was chosen as the winner by the writer and a panel of other well known children’s authors.

Jenni, aged 12, is one of five winners in her age group to win an amazing day out as an honoured guest at the festival next month, which includes an exclusive lunch with the author and Nick Sharratt, the illustrator of her books.

Jenni’s story, along with the other winners, will be published in a special book of short stories inspired by Jacqueline Wilson, with a forward by the popular author.

Jenni’s English teacher Hannah Morton said that she is an extremely hard working student and this incredible prize is truly deserved.

She said: “I am very proud of Jenni and am looking forward to seeing her story in print”

Penny Kaluza, Library Manager, who organized the competition in school said: “Jenni was one of 9,000 entries, so to come through as one of five winners that Jacqueline Wilson chose is an amazing achievement.

“We are all looking forward to seeing her story printed and of course seeing it in the school library for everyone to read.”

And Jenni said, “I can’t believe I won!”

To celebrate Jenni’s win students at Millfield School can win a signed copy of ‘Lily Alone’ by Jacqueline Wilson.

The author, who has been made a dame in recognition of her work, has been widely praised in helping to encourage young people, particularly girls, to develop a love of reading.

Jacqueline Wilson is best known for her Tracy Beaker series of novels.