Eastwood bookworms meet a favourite author

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Well-read pupils at Eastwood High were delighted when Glasgow author Carmen Reid paid a return visit to the school.

The writer is known for a series about girls at a fictional private boarding school, St Jude’s — but her latest visit to East Ren was just in time to talk about her new book, Cross My Heart, too.

Set in World War II, the story follows a 15-year-old who becomes a resistance fighter.

Eastwood librarian Anne De’Ath, who invited the author to present her work to S1 and S2 students, told The Extra: “Carmen explained the need for planning and researching in writing, as well as talking about a variety of writing careers.

“We hosted two separate sessions for S1 and S2, and other pupils were able to meet Carmen at break time and get their books signed.

“During the sessions, she answered questions, including a good one by Keira Thomson (S1), who asked how Carmen came up with the characters for the St Jude’s books.”

She added: “Over the last few years, Carmen’s books have been very popular at Eastwood, and we’re delighted that she was able to return.”