Resources

21 Feb 2017

Help! I'm An Alien activity sheet

Download this fun wordsearch inspired by the hilarious Help! I’m An Alien Series for your Chatterbooks group!

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21 Feb 2017

Rita the Rescuer Activity sheet

Download this Rita the Rescuer colouring sheet to share with your group!

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20 Feb 2017

World Book Day 2017 Toolkit

Are you wondering how you can support World Book Day 2017? This Toolkit has been designed so that authors, illustrators, publishers, librarians and booksellers can join in with #WorldBookDay20. There are loads of ideas, such as how you could use social media to promote your World Book Day event; a timeline of important dates and a selection of activities that can be done in various workplaces. Download the Toolkit today and see what you can do to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 2 March!

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17 Feb 2017

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles - an extract

War and Peace meets Grand Budapest Hotel In 1922 Count Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal. He is sentenced to house arrest in The Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him...

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07 Feb 2017

CWA 2017 Longlist - Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor is the multiple award winning author of The American Boy, his No. 1 bestselling historical novel, which was a 2005 Richard & Judy Book Club choice. He has won many awards, including the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger, an Edgar Scroll from the Mystery Writers of America, the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award (the only author to win it three times) and the CWA’s prestigious Diamond Dagger, awarded for sustained excellence in crime writing. Andrew has been longlisted for the...

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07 Feb 2017

CWA 2017 Longlist - Brian McGilloway

Brian McGilloway is the bestselling author of eight crime novels, five featuring Garda Inspector Benedict Devlin and three in the DS Lucy Black series. In addition to being shortlisted for a CWA Dagger and the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year, he is a past recipient of the Ulster University McCrea Literary Award and, in 2014, won the BBC Tony Doyle Award for his screenplay, Little Emperors. Brian’s ninth novel, Bad Blood, again featuring DS Lucy Black, will be released in May...

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07 Feb 2017

CWA 2017 Longlist - Chris Ewan

Born in Taunton in 1976, Chris Ewan now lives in Somerset with his wife, Jo, and their daughter. Safe House, his first stand-alone thriller, was a number one bestseller in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award. Dead Line, his second thriller, was published in 2013 and is optioned for film. Dark Tides was shortlisted for CrimeFest’s eDunnit award for the best crime fiction eBook, and Long Time Lost, described in the Independent as...

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07 Feb 2017

CWA 2017 Longlist - C.J. Sansom

C. J. Sansom was educated at Birmingham University, where he completed a BA and then a PhD in History. After working in a variety of jobs, he retrained as a solicitor and practised in Sussex, until becoming a full-time writer. He lives in Sussex. C.J. has been longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library 2017. Download the resource to find out more about C.J., and the book he would recommend to reading groups. Just click the download link below.

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07 Feb 2017

CWA 2017 Longlist - Kate Ellis

Kate Ellis was born in Liverpool and studied drama in Manchester. Kate has twice been nominated for the Crime Writers’ Association Short Story Dagger and has also been nominated for the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year. Kate has been longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library 2017. Download the resource to find out more about Kate, and the book she would recommend to reading groups. Just click the download link below.

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07 Feb 2017

CWA 2017 Longlist - Mari Hannah

Mari Hannah is an award-winning author whose authentic voice is no happy accident. A former probation officer, she lives in rural Northumberland with her partner, an ex-murder detective. Mari turned to scriptwriting when her career was cut short following an assault on duty. Her debut, The Murder Wall (adapted from a script she developed with the BBC) won her the Polari First Book Prize. Its follow-up, Settled Blood, picked up a Northern Writers’ Award. Her Kate Daniels series is in...

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07 Feb 2017

CWA 2017 Longlist - Nicola Upson

Nicola Upson was born in Suffolk and read English at Downing College, Cambridge. Her debut novel, An Expert in Murder, was the first in a series of crime novels whose main character is Josephine Tey – one of the leading authors of Britain’s Golden Age of crime writing. She lives with her partner in Cambridge and spends much of her time in Cornwall. Nicola has been longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library 2017. Download the resource to find out more about Nicola, and the book she...

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07 Feb 2017

CWA 2017 Longlist - Tana French

Tana French is the author of In the Woods, The Likeness, Faithful Place, Broken Harbour, The Secret Place and The Trespasser. Her books have won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry Awards, the Los Angeles Times Award for Best Mystery/Thriller, and the Irish Book Award for Crime Fiction. She grew up in Ireland, Italy, the US and Malawi, and now lives in Dublin with her family. Tana has been longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library 2017. Download the resource to find out more about...

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07 Feb 2017

CWA 2017 Longlist - Alison Bruce

Alison Bruce is a crime novelist and creator of the Cambridge-based Gary Goodhew series. Her seventh novel is Cambridge Black. She has also written two factual crime books and a number of short stories. Alison is an RLF Fellow at ARU in Cambridge. She is keen to promote creative writing and frequently speaks at libraries, schools and writers’ groups. Since 2008 she has sponsored Fordham Primary School’s storyteller-of-the-year award and she is the patron of Lakenheath Library in...

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07 Feb 2017

CWA 2017 Longlist - James Oswald

James Oswald is the Sunday Times Bestselling author of the Inspector McLean series of crime novels. The first six, Natural Causes, The Book of Souls, The Hangman’s Song, Dead Man’s Bones, Prayer for the Dead and The Damage Done are available as Penguin paperbacks and eBooks. James has also written an epic fantasy series, The Ballad of Sir Benfro, which is published by Penguin, as well as comic scripts and short stories. In his spare time he runs a 350-acre livestock farm in north-east Fife,...

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07 Feb 2017

Thin Air by Michelle Paver - discussion questions

It is 1935, and young medic Stephen Pearce travels to India to join an expedition with his brother, Kits. The elite team of five will climb Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain and one of mountaineering’s biggest killers. No one has scaled it before, and they are, quite literally, following in the footsteps of one of the most famous mountain disasters of all time – the 1906 Lyell Expedition. Five men lost their lives back then, overcome by the atrocious weather,...

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04 Feb 2017

Holding by Graham Norton - discussion questions

Duneen is a quiet place, far enough from the big towns to have kept its own rhythms. Its residents include cast down policeman PJ who lives a lonely, uneventful life punctuated only by the next meal – until now; the beautiful and mysterious family of three spinster sisters each with their own secrets and sorrows; and of course, the town’s gossip who think she knows the answers. When a grim discovery is made on a building site up by the old school, it becomes the catalyst for half lived...

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31 Jan 2017

We Chose to Speak of War and Strife by John Simpson - an extract

In corners of the globe where fault-lines see the into bloodshed and civil war, foreign correspondents have, for hundreds of years, been engaged in uncovering the latest news and – despite obstacles bureaucratic, political, violent – reporting it by whatever means available. It’s a working life that is difficult, exciting and undeniably glamorous. We Chose to Speak of War and Strife brings us pivotal moments in our history – from the Crimean War to Vietnam; the siege of Sarajevo to the fall...

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31 Jan 2017

Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germay by Norman Ohler - an extract

The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler’s gripping bestseller reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from factory workers to housewives, and crucial to troops’ resilience – even partly explaining German victory in 1940. The promiscuous use of drugs at the very highest levels also impaired and confused...

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31 Jan 2017

Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova - discussion questions

When Kapka Kassabova was a child, the border zone between Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece was rumoured to be an easier crossing point into the West than the Berlin Wall so it swarmed with soldiers, spies and fugitives. Today, this densely forested landscape is no longer heavily militarised, but it is scarred by its past. In this book. Kassabova sets out on a journey through a hidden corner of the continent, and meets the people of this triple border – Bulgarians, Turks, Greeks, indigenous...

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31 Jan 2017

The Girl Before by J. P. Delaney - an extract

Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection … but can you pay the price? Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there – and starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before. As twist after twist...

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31 Jan 2017

What the Dog Knows by Cat Warren - an extract

A New York Times–bestselling book which has been featured on the Radio 2 Book Club: Fact Not Fiction. When Cat Warren adopted Solo, an unruly German shepherd puppy, she soon began to wonder what she’d let herself in for. Solo’s boundless energy was what made him loveable ― but it also made him exhausting, and difficult to train. Then she struck upon an idea: what Solo needed was something to do. Like many dogs, Solo was destined to work: using his nose to help the police locate missing...

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31 Jan 2017

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi - an extract

Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader’s wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow. Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations. Yaa Gyasi has written a miraculous novel – the intimate, gripping story of a brilliantly...

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30 Jan 2017

Where's Wally activity sheets

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Where’s Wally with these fun activity sheets! This download includes colouring sheets, word puzzles and a maze activity

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30 Jan 2017

Looking for Captain Poldark by Rowan Coleman: Quick Reads learning resource

These resources have been designed for those using Quick Reads independently, as well as for those using Quick Reads in a group.

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30 Jan 2017

The Other Side of You by Amanda Craig: Quick Reads learning resource

These resources have been designed for those using Quick Reads independently, as well as for those using Quick Reads in a group.

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30 Jan 2017

Dead Simple by Harry Bingham (Editor): Quick Reads learning resource

These resources have been designed for those using Quick Reads independently, as well as for those using Quick Reads in a group.

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30 Jan 2017

One False Move by Dreda Say Mitchell: Quick Reads learning resource

These resources have been designed for those using Quick Reads independently, as well as for those using Quick Reads in a group.

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30 Jan 2017

A Very Distant Shore by Jenny Colgan: Quick Reads learning resource

These resources have been designed for those using Quick Reads independently, as well as for those using Quick Reads in a group.

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30 Jan 2017

Spies and Crime Busters - Chatterbooks Activity Pack

Following up on our previous ‘spies and detectives’ packs, here’s another collection of action adventures and detective stories, with thrills and twists – and often humour too! As well as lots of reading suggestions for your group you’ll find ideas on this theme for discussion, warm ups, and longer activities.

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24 Jan 2017

A Busy Day for Birds video

Go behind the scenes with multi-award-winning author/illustrator Lucy Cousins (creator of Maisy) and find out about her new picture book, A Busy Day for Birds. Flap your wings, fly up high, open your beak and sing in this fun action rhyme story about fantastical birds! A bouncy read-aloud book, beautifully illustrated with bold, bright colours and packed with all sorts of wild and wonderful birds!

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