It's all about Mee as author visits school
AN author whose novel was ad- apted into a Hollywood film gave a talk at John Cabot Academy in Kingswood.
Ben Mee, author of We Bought a Zoo, gave a talk to 160 students at the school yesterday afternoon.
He explained the story which inspired the book, which charts how his family bought a dilapidated zoo in Dartmoor in 2006.
Before taking part in a question and answer session with pupils, the writer told pupils about the trials and tribulations he experienced such as having a 150lb jaguar on the loose, dealing with a rat infestation and losing his wife to cancer.
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A comedy drama film based on the book was released in 2011 starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson.
Janet Allen, a learning co-ordinator at the school, said the school was put in contact with Mr Mee through one of the parents. She said the event promoted the importance of literacy and reading to the students.