Alan Gibbons is a very funny character and he has written some very good books. Once he came to my school and told us about his books. He then asked us to write a mini story which we did. He told us he was a really rubbish speller which I thought was funny for an author. With his help our class wrote some really good mini stories. He has written some award winning books, and here is a link to a website about him: http://www.alangibbons.com/index.htm
Lucy Hawking is the daughter of Professor Stephen Hawking the great scientist. I went to hear her give speech in late 2011 where she was talking about space and aliens. She talked about the books she has written, George's Secret Key to the Universe, George's Galactic Treasure Hunt and George and the big bang. She signed a book for me and I have read them all which are brilliant if you want easier to understand information about space and the universe. Here is a website about her:http://www.georgessecretkey.com/authors/
I don't know much about Ian Whybrow because I was only 5 when I went to see him, but I do know that he has written loads of books such as Harry and the Dinosaurs (I read these to my 5 year old brother), Meerkat Madness, Books for Boys and more! Here is a link to a website about him:http://clubs-kids.scholastic.co.uk/authors/3190
I was supposed to go and see Mackenzie Crook the actor from Pirates of the Caribbean but he had to cancel because of filming he had to do. It was disappointing as the book Windvale Sprites is really good. I'm hoping he might decided to come to Shrewsbury again sometime. Here is a link if you want to look http://www.guardian.co.uk/childrens-books-site/2012/jul/10/windvale-sprites-mackenzie-crook-review
All of these books and authors are recommended, but the books didn't quite make it in to my top five (I mean six!).