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Sally Green

It was only published this week but a supernatural thriller for teens has already set two Guinness records and is now predicted to become bigger than the Twilight saga.

British author Sally Green’s Half Bad, which is about good and bad witches flitting about unnoticed in the modern world, has been translated into 45 languages before its original publication in English. 

Guinness World Records has now deemed it to be the most translated book by a debut author - and the most translated children’s book - before publication.

Green, a former accountant who lives in Warrington in the UK, signed her book deal with Penguin at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Half Bad, which is the first of a proposed trilogy, is now predicted to become more popular than the Twilight novels.

A deal has already been struck for the film rights. However, Green's book has received poor reviews. 

The Guardian said: “These witches exude no more menace than a bored administrator. Their witchiness doesn't manifest itself with any frequency: they spend a good deal of the novel yawning in meetings. There's nothing elemental, no sense of a cosmic battle or of anything strange and eternal.” 

It's just one opinion and perhaps none of this counts, given the exceptional early success which Half Bad has enjoyed, before it's hardly woken up to daylight.

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