Lady Joanna Thornhill (Endowed) Primary School

Learning for the Head, Heart and Hand

Our Author Champions

Author Champions

After the success of Lucy Strange and Katherine Turner visiting Year 5 & 6 and Year 1 & 2 respectively when we celebrated World Book Day, both authors have agreed to be our Author Champions!


Lucy will champion Year 4, 5 and 6, while Katherine will be the champion for Year 1, 2 and 3. Lucy and Katherine will come in during the year to see their respective year groups as well as setting challenges to the year groups or supporting them with some work. They will link to their own books that they have had published. 


What an amazing opportunity - we can't wait to work with Lucy and Katherine.

All About Lucy Strange


Lucy is a best-selling author, writing books that are often inspired by folklore and fairy tales. She often uses historical settings and entwines fantasy and magical realism. Lucy won the 2014 Montegrappa First Fiction Prize, and has gone on to publish four novels with Chicken House in the UK: The Secret of Nightingale Wood, Our Castle by the Sea, The Ghost of Gosswater and Sisters of the Lost Marsh. Her first dyslexia-friendly novel with Barrington Stoke, The Mermaid in the Millpond, came out in January 2022.


Her books have been awarded Waterstones' Book of the Month, The Daily Telegraph's Number 10 in the Top 50 Books of 2016, the Independent Booksellers’ Children’s Book of the Month, The Times Book of the Week and have also been included in Amazon's Best Children's Book of the Year. 


Find more about Lucy here:

When Lucy Strange visited Year 4 by Ujin 


On Monday, the 25th April a famous author called Lucy Strange came to our school to tell us about her books. Lucy Strange has written many books such as, The Secret of Nightingale Wood, Our Castle by the Sea, The Sisters of the Lost Marsh and The Mermaid in the Millpond. All these great books have an amazing story filled with lots off different emotions. She also told us about her life as an author and her childhood. 
Lucy was very kind and some of us got a signed copy of one of her books! She told us lots of very interesting things and it was lots of fun meeting her. 

All About Katherine Turner 


Katherine graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University’s fine art BA(Hons) course in 2009. Shortly afterwards she completed a diploma in art therapy at the Institute of Art Therapy Education in London, Islington. Since then she has been working as a freelance painter and illustrator. 

Recently, she has discovered a love for illustrating children’s books as well as writing her own. Some of her books include: Daddy's Brilliant Beard, Colour Me Wacky and Busy, Buzzy, Berty.

Follow the link below to find out about the workshops Lucy and Katherine held to celebrate World Book Day.