UXBRIDGE-based author Jennifer Killick has released a new book series aimed at getting children into reading over the Easter holidays.

The new series, Dread Wood, is a comedy horror about four classmates forced to go to school on a Saturday, when things become scary.

Mrs Killick believe the genre is the best combination for children, especially those who may not be big readers.

She said: “It appeals to a lot of them to have that adrenaline rush, to be a little scared, like they would get from a game or a movie.

“I try to make sure it’s well written, that the plot’s clever, with twists they might not see coming.”

Targeting readers aged 9-12, the book has been released just before Easter to encourage children to read over the break.

Dread Wood follows her previous series, Crater Lake, which received more than 500 five-star reviews.

Published by Harper Collins, the book costs £7.99, is available at local bookshops.