Lost and Found Tour

On Friday 2 nd December Alsop hosted The Lost and Found Tour. This tour saw five debut authors of Young Adult Fiction visiting our school and speaking about their books and writing. Their visit to Alsop High School was their only planned school visit in the North of England.

Ms Tapia-Bowes comments:

“The visit provided a fantastic opportunity for Alsop students to meet authors of Young Adult Fiction. Hopefully students will be inspired to read more widely and develop an interest in young adult fiction. It promises to be an engaging and exciting day.”





For more information about the authors please see below.

KATHRYN EVANS “MORE OF ME”

Following a degree in drama and a short career in theatre, Kathryn Evans quickly realised she was likely to starve unless she got a proper job. She didn’t get a proper job, she married a farmer and set up a strawberry farm. And now she's writing books, will she never learn?

Since announcing the tour, Kathryn’s novel “More of Me” has been longlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Medal, and has won the First Novel Award at the Edinburgh International Festival, the first time the award has gone to an author of Young Adult Fiction.

Teva's life seems normal: school, friends, boyfriend. But at home she hides an impossible secret. Eleven other Tevas.

Because once a year, Teva separates into two, leaving a younger version of herself stuck at the same age, in the same house... watching the new Teva live the life that she'd been living. But as her seventeenth birthday rolls around, Teva is determined not to let it happen again. She's going to fight for her future. Even if that means fighting herself.


PATRICE LAWRENCE “ORANGEBOY”

Patrice Lawrence was born in Brighton and brought up in an Italian-Trinidadian household in Mid Sussex. She found her way to east London in the '90s and lives there with a partner, a teenager and a cat called Stormageddon. She has been writing for as long as she has been reading. She loves crime fiction, sci-fi and trying to grow things. Her ideal mixtape includes drum 'n' bass, Bruce Springsteen and Studio Ghibli soundtracks. Music can't help creeping into her books.

Patrice’s novel “Orangeboy” has also been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

Not cool enough, not clever enough, not street enough for anyone to notice me. I was the kid people looked straight through.

NOT ANY MORE. NOT SINCE MR ORANGE.

Sixteen-year-old Marlon has made his mum a promise - he'll never follow his big brother, Andre, down the wrong path. So far, it's been easy, but when a date ends in tragedy, Marlon finds himself hunted. They're after the mysterious Mr Orange, and they're going to use Marlon to get to him. Marlon's out of choices - can he become the person he never wanted to be, to protect everyone he loves?


SUE WALLMAN “LYING ABOUT LAST SUMMER”

Sue Wallman was one of the first students to graduate from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Publishing. She was a journalist on women's magazines and now writes full-time. In 2013 she won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction First Chapter Award.

Sue Wallman’s “Lying About Last Summer” has been chosen as one of the latest books in popular vlogger Zoella’s Book Club.

Skye is looking for an escape from the reality of last summer when her sister died in a tragic accident. Her parents think that a camp for troubled teenagers might help her process her grief. All of the kids at the summer camp have lost someone close, but is bringing them together such a good idea? And can everyone at camp be trusted? When Skye starts receiving text messages from someone pretending to be her dead sister, she knows it's time to confront the past. But what if the danger is right in front of her?


OLIVIA LEVEZ “THE ISLAND”

Olivia Levez divides her time between teaching English and binge-writing in her caravan by the sea. Olivia likes hula-hooping, yoga and real ale, but not at the same time. She lives in Worcestershire with her husband, two sons and her real life Dog, Basil.

Frances is alone. Cast away on a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, she has to find water, food and shelter. But survival is hard. Especially when she is haunted by memories of the things that she did before, the things that made her a monster. Pushed to the limit in extreme conditions, she battles to come to terms with her past, and find a future worth fighting for. 

This is a gripping and thought-provoking story about one girl’s journey to become the person she believes she can be.


EUGENE LAMBERT “THE SIGN OF ONE”

Eugene Lambert grew up in Wolverhampton, a fate worse than cliché. A refugee from the worlds of academia, science and engineering, he graduated from Bath Spa University with an MA in Writing For Young People in late 2013. When not scribbling in his cabin, he flies gliders and goes for long walks in the Cotswolds. Rumours of his being an identical twin are ... true.

“The Sign of One” is the first in a gripping new science fiction series. It was shortlisted for the 2014 Bath Novel Award.

On Wrath, a dump-world for human outcasts, identical twins are feared. Only one will grow up human, while the other becomes a condemned monster with ‘twisted’ blood.

When sixteen-year-old Kyle is betrayed, he flees for his life with the help of Sky, a rebel pilot with trust issues. As the hunt intensifies, Kyle soon realises that he is no ordinary runaway – although he has no idea why he warrants this level of pursuit.

The hideous truth they discover could change the fate of Wrath and its harsh laws forever. Their reluctant, conflicted partnership will either save them – or bring about their destruction.