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Matt Whyman

In December 2013 The Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour will take to the icy roads of Angus with the brilliant teen author Matt Whyman.

High School pupils the length and breadth of Angus will be sinking their teeth into the deliciously macabre world of Matt’s books as he leads them through the darkly comic and twisted paths of his new book The Savages and serves up authors of the future with his excellent writing workshops!

Over the next few weeks we will bring you tales from the road along with videos, blogs and antics from the schools we have visited. In the meantime though here are some facts, activities and competitions to whet your appetite.

Author Factfile

  • Matt is the best-selling author of teen and adult novels
  • He is an agony uncle for both Bliss Magazine and BBC Radio 1’s The Surgery with Aled
  • He is the proud father of four children and a menagerie of farmyard animals!

On the Bookshelf

  • The Savages:

Sasha Savage is in love with Jack – a handsome, charming … vegetarian. Which wouldn’t be a problem if it weren’t for the fact that Sasha’s family are very much ‘carnivorous’. Behind the family facade all is not as it seems. Sasha’s father rules his clan with an iron fist and her mother’s culinary skills are getting more adventurous by the day. When a too-curious private detective starts to dig for truths, the tight-knit family starts to unravel – as does their sinister taste in human beings …

Competition Time

For a chance to win a signed and dedicated copy of The Savages please answer this simple question:

The SavagesWhat unusual culinary preference is shared by members of the Savage family?

a)    They are fruitarians

b)    They will only eat food beginning with the letter S

c)    They are partial to human flesh

d)    They are allergic to Italian food

The closing date is Wednesday 4th December. To enter, please add your answer as a comment below along with your name and email. Read the full terms and conditions here.


Wolf down this delectable selection of activities created by Scottish Book Trust to be used both in school and at home including:

  • Rousing debate over whether meat is murder
  • Through the Keyhole creative filmmaking activity
  • Create your own book activity
  • Inspiration for other macabre teen books to read and enjoy

Keep up to date

You can keep up to date with Matt’s tour on Facebook and Twitter. And you can find out more about the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour here.

Scottish Book Trust

The above was provided by Beth Bottery. Beth is the Schools Events Manager at Scottish Book Trust. Her favourite teen book at the moment is The Savages. Her favourite food is steak. Rare.

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