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Sharna Jackson is an author and Artistic Director at Site Gallery, Sheffield’s leading international contemporary art space. She specialises in developing and delivering socially-engaged digital initiatives for children and young people across culture, publishing and entertainment and her work focuses on encouraging diverse and disengaged audiences’ to participate in the arts locally, nationally, and globally.
Currently shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for her debut novel High-Rise Mystery, she is also the Southbank Centre’s Imagine A Story author for 2020, and the writer of Tate Kids British Art Activity Book and Tate Kids Modern Art Activity Book.
Sharna was born and raised in Luton and currently lives in Sheffield and Rotterdam.
A World Book Day 2022 Mini Book | 'Thinking of doing a bit of investigating? A little light snooping? A sprinkle of scammery?' Nik and Norva are headed to the Peak District, for a school trip and a break from being The Tri's best detectives. But, a new mystery is never too far away!
Detective siblings Nik and Norva are back with a blast in this second novel set around The Tri high-rise block. If the highly-acclaimed High-Rise Mystery was a devastatingly good debut (it was), this is a full-on firecracker of a follow-up. A classic kids detective series slickly rebooted for the twentieth-first-century – think Harriet the Spy with a smartphone and added spark. Rising global music star Trojkat is back in her old ‘hood to make a music video when she dies in The Tri while shooting a scene. Most people – including the police - assume Trojkat’s death is a tragic accident, but sleuth-minded Nik and Norva suspect otherwise. With the help of their mate George, the determined duo set about piecing together a hotchpotch of clues to solve a case that has personal resonance. There are plenty of poignant moments along the way, such as when Nik expresses how it feels to lose a person you love: “It made you feel empty. Fragile. Like you could shatter into a million pieces if someone gently blew in your direction”. Overall, this is a super-charged detective story that fizzes with a whole lot of quick-witted, ping-ponging exchanges between Nik and Norva, with a sensational revelatory showdown to round things off.
Winner of the Younger Readers' category of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2020 | Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2020 | Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2020 | Sisters Nik and Norva would agree that they are slightly obsessed with murder mystery series on the television so, when a body is discovered in their block of flats, they are sure they are the right people to discover the truth. Balancing jokey dialogue and insights into the reality of city life, Sharna Jackson has written a very likeable, fast-paced book. Books in the High-Rise Mystery Series: 1. High-Rise Mystery 2. Mic Drop