A pupil from a school in Northwood has won a children’s writing competition judged by an international best-selling author.
Xavier Ward from St Martin’s School won this year’s Chorleywood and Gerrads Cross bookshops’ competition which focussed on the theme of friendship.
Judged by the current Children’s Laureate and internationally best-selling author Cressida Cowell MBE, Xavier beat off around 500 other entries to secure the top spot.
Xavier in Year 6, who won in Group Two of the competition, said: “I really enjoyed writing for this competition. It was fun to imagine a conversation between Hercule Poirot and Paddington Bear, and where Poirot might solve a crime for Paddington.”
Cressida said: “This is a lovely piece of writing, because the characteristics of both are exactly right: Paddington with his gentle absentmindedness and Poirot with his focus on details and problem-solving. It’s hard to write a mystery with only a short brief, but you have achieved it in a convincing way.”