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Judges including children's author Susan McNally decide on Spooky Stories winner
11:18am Friday 1st November 2013 in News
Children's author Susan McNally joined Times Series editor Martin Buhagiar and The Broadwalk Centre's manager Angela Brooks to judge a Spooky Stories competition.
Five finalists, who all attend Edgware schools, read their short, scary stories to the judges at The Broadwalk Centre on Halloween.
Open to children from eight to 11-years-old, the competition invited the young authors to get creative and write a ‘spooky story’ for their chance to win a host of great prizes.
After discussing all the entries, the judges decided the best story had been written by Deansbrook Junior School pupil Fadhlan Sarwoadi.
The ten-year-old's entry, entitled The Ghosts of Trafalgar Square, tells the terrifying tale of how the ghosts of the lions in Trafalgar Square suddenly come to life.
The other four finalists were: Razvan Solomon, ten, from Edgware Junior School; Parishi Jani, ten; Mya, ten, who also attends Edgware Junior School and Mariya, ten, from Edgware Junior School.
Martin said: "It was a really difficult competition to judge because the five finalists had all written very scary stories.
"I was really impressed with how descriptive their tales were and how well they read their stories to us the judges and the crowd of parents. If they were nervous they certainly did not show it.
"Sadly we could only select one winner but all five finalists should be very proud. Fadhlan's story was well written, unique, painted a particularly terrifying story and had an excellent ending."
North London resident Susan, who is known for her incredible trilogy The Morrow Secrets, the first instalment of which came out in paperback earlier this month, signed her new book in WHSmiths after helping to judge the competition.
Next week the Times Series will publish all five short stories on our website.
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