J R Wallis,
The Boy with One Name
Simon and Schuster, 2017
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J R Wallis is a children’s author and is always on the look out for strange and mysterious things to put in his books. He believes that if you look hard enough you can usually find something interesting to photograph or write about. His new book The Boy With One Name is about the things people don’t notice if they’re not watching out for them.
He also writes Young Adult fiction under the name Rupert Wallis and his work has been shortlisted for awards both in the UK and abroad. In addition to writing books, he lectures on creative writing at Falmouth University as well as mentoring students for the Faber Academy.
J R Wallis read Theology at Cambridge University and holds an MFA in Screenwriting and Writing for Television from the University of Southern California.
He now lives in Norfolk.
Twelve-year-old Jones is an orphan, training as an apprentice hunter alongside his gruff mentor, Maitland, tackling ogres, trolls and all manner of scary creatures that live in the Badlands - a hidden part of our world - which most people presume to exist only in fairytales and nightmares.
But all Jones secretly wants to be is an ordinary boy.
When an ogre hunt goes wrong and Maitland is killed, Jones knows it's his chance to find out where he came from and discover who he really is.
But the truth Jones uncovers about his past isn’t what he’s expecting. Fulfilling his dream of becoming an ordinary boy is going to mean defeating a creature not even Maitland had dared take on and he won’t be able to do it alone... he’s going to need help from Ruby, the first girl he’s ever met. She's outspoken, fearless and determined to prove she’s as good as any boy, meaning working together isn’t going to be straightforward. In fact, it could be downright dangerous. But who said getting what you want is supposed to easy, even if it’s just wanting to be ordinary?
Rupert has always wanted to be a writer. Apparently, His cousin says she remembers him telling her about this ambition aged five.
He has said “I know that I’m extremely lucky to have been given the chance to have a book published so any perceived con or downside is nullified by overwhelming happiness and gratitude for what has happened”.
Rupert Wallis has published three novels. His first two books were aimed at young adults, The Dark Inside followed by All Sorts of Possible. His debut novel was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award in the UK and the Andersen Prize in Italy and is now being developed into a film. The Boy with One Name is his third book but the first one aimed at 9 to 11 year olds.
Rupert also works as an online mentor with developing novelists.
Hamna from Oakwood Primary Academy: