MORE than 500 school pupils got the chance to chat with Olympic gold medalist Jessica Ennis-Hill about her new children’s book.

Excited youngsters packed out the Westholme School theatre and asked the former heptathlon athlete a range of questions and took part in a book signing.

Dame Ennis-Hill, who took home the gold at the London 2012 Olympics, talked about her career and its ups and downs.

Her new book, Evie’s Magic Bracelet: The Enchanted Puppy, tells the tale of a little girl who’s magical bracelet which brings a stuffed toy to life.

Grace Berry, 10, from Westholme School, said she had a great day meeting Dame Enniss-Hill.

She said: “Jess is my hero and I was so happy to see her.

“It was brilliant.”

Nine schools from across Lancashire came to get their book signed, including St Charles RC Primary School in Rishton and Laneshawbridge Primary School.

Jack Ainscough, eight, from Westholme School, said: “Jess is one of my favourite sportspeople.

“I was really excited to see her and I can’t wait to read her book.”

The latest book is the second in a series of seven novels.

Dame Ennis-Hill said she had a great time meeting all the children.

She said: “It was such a lovely school to visit and they made me feel really welcome.

“It was nice to get all different range of questions from the children, about injuries, my inspirations and what I did to overcome set backs.

“One child asked me which car I drive, that made me laugh.

“It is great to be in a position where I have been able to make something I love a career and inspire people to take part in sport and now I’m able to encourage people to read.

“It’s amazing, it’s a really good feeling to be able to do that.”

Anna Howarth, head of the school’s marketing and development, said: “Jess read a section of her book to the children and they loved it.

“Having someone as inspiring as Jess coming here to meet the children is a great benefit for them.

“Everyone wanted to hear about her career as an athlete.

“It was a very good day and everyone had a memorable time.”