As part of the Amnesty teen takeover, we’re running interviews between authors who have written about human rights issues for teens and an Amnesty youth award winner.The fifth and final interview in the series is with Annabel Pitcher, author of My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, who tackled the death penalty, guilt and retribution in her latest book Ketchup Clouds. Interview by Isla Ratcliff, who won an Amnesty protest song award for her composition about the death penalty.Did you always want to write for young people?Yes, when I wrote my first book, I didn’t think about who I was writing it for, I just hoped it would find an audience. But since I had worked with teenagers and in schools, as an English teacher, and I read a lot of young adult fiction I suppose I was naturally interested in that sort of writing. I had seen how much books inspired young people and how excited they got when they really loved something, like Twilight, and it reignited my passion for books and stories and I thought, I want to have a go at this.Did you set out to write about the death penalty?The death penalty came fairly late on …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books