A 10-year-old boy is spending his summer holidays composing
his third novel, now that his first book has been published and nominated
for a prize.
Michael Purkiss wrote Corydon and the Island of Monsters with his mum, and now it's on the extended list for the Ottaker's Children's Book prize.
It's part one of a trilogy, and he's already working on the concluding part.
But modest Michael said: "Lots of children write books, I was only lucky to have mine published."
Michael devised most of the ideas for the book, and his mum, Diane Purkiss, typed them up, sometimes throwing in a few ideas of her own. His mum is a Don at Oxford University - one of the best colleges in the country.
Michael said his book should capture the imagination of children of about eight and above, and he said it was a mixed novel.
He added that it was poignant in some places, exciting in others, and humorous in parts.
"It's a general all-rounder book," he said. "This is the kind of book that I like to read."
As well as the long list for the prize, an American publishers actually purchased the book without even realising it was written by a child!
Once he's finished writing the third book, Michael doesn't plan to stop there. He said he'd love to see his books translated into a computer game and even a Hollywood movie.
Write down a simpler synonym for each of the bold words:
- capture the imagination of