AN award winning American author gave a talk to pupils from county schools on his latest book just a recent visit to the city.

Michael Grant visited The King’s School, Worcester to talk to pupils about his latest book Monster, which has been published this week.

The author spoke to 400 pupils about the book, which is a follow-up to the enormously popular ‘GONE’ series.

At the event were youngsters from Witton Middle School, Westacre Middle School, Ipsley CE RSA Academy, Malvern St James, Malvern College, Pershore High School, and Christopher Whitehead Language College.

He spoke on his writing process and the inspirations for his thrilling novels. The pupils also had the opportunity to have their books signed and personally dedicated.

Specialising in young adult fiction, the author has written more than 150 books, some as a co-author with his wife, Katherine Applegate.

Mr Grant also spoke on his life growing up in a military family, living in almost 50 different homes in 14 US states.

He now lives in the San Francisco Bay area, he takes inspiration from his views of the dark waters surrounding Alcatraz Prison to produce thrilling novels such as the ‘GONE’ series, a best-selling dystopian fantasy.

Annabel Jeffery, King’s School' librarian said: Michael Grant’s books are amongst the most borrowed in school libraries across Worcestershire and it was wonderful that his fans from so many schools had the opportunity to meet him today at this inspiring event.

"We are extremely lucky that The King’s School was included on Michael Grant’s promotional UK tour of only 16 schools."