US author Michael Dahl made the day of 10-year-old Exmouth fan in surprise school visit

PUBLISHED: 06:30 08 November 2015

Children's author, Michael Dahl, flew over from America to pay a visit to Marpool Primary School. Ref exe 3740-45-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Children's author, Michael Dahl, flew over from America to pay a visit to Marpool Primary School. Ref exe 3740-45-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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US author Michael Dahl turned up at Marpool Primary School in Exmouth and made the day of 10-year-old fan Holli Williams.

Children's author, Michael Dahl, flew over from America to pay a visit to Marpool Primary School. Holli Williams realises that it's her letter which was answered. Ref exe 3742-45-15AW. Picture: Alex WaltonChildren's author, Michael Dahl, flew over from America to pay a visit to Marpool Primary School. Holli Williams realises that it's her letter which was answered. Ref exe 3742-45-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Michael, from Minnesota, has written more than 100 books for children and young adults.

He flew into London on Sunday and arrived at the school on Tuesday (November 3) - all because Holli wrote him a letter.

Holli, who was not keen on books, became hooked on Michael’s novels after reading them in the school library.

She was presented with a signed set of the Library of Doom books by Michael.

Children's author, Michael Dahl, flew over from America to pay a visit to Marpool Primary School. Michael makes his grand entrance. Ref exe 3744-45-15AW. Picture: Alex WaltonChildren's author, Michael Dahl, flew over from America to pay a visit to Marpool Primary School. Michael makes his grand entrance. Ref exe 3744-45-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

The writer and his Raintree Publishing team arrived at the school at 11.30am and had lunch with staff.

The children were then given a talk by Helen Freeman from Raintree about the importance of reading and to find out if they had read Michael’s books.

Mrs Freeman then said the writer simply couldn’t resist coming over from America to meet Holli and his other young fans.

Michael then walked in and gave a talk for at least an hour to encourage the children to take up reading.

Children's author, Michael Dahl, flew over from America to pay a visit to Marpool Primary School. Michael presented pupil Holli Williams with some books after she had written a letter to him. Ref exe 3766-45-15AW. Picture: Alex WaltonChildren's author, Michael Dahl, flew over from America to pay a visit to Marpool Primary School. Michael presented pupil Holli Williams with some books after she had written a letter to him. Ref exe 3766-45-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

He also took part in a question and answer session before travelling back to his base in Oxford where he is spending the week.

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