Big Bones by Laura Dockrill - Live out loud: Secondary School resources packs and competition


This resource pack is based on Big Bones, a vibrant and bold teen novel from writer and performance poet Laura Dockrill.

It is a coming-of-age story about self-appreciation,
body-confidence and learning how to love yourself and others – and it will help young people to not only explore societal pressures around body image, but also to champion their own unique individuality.

The activities in this pack are an enticing introduction to the themes in Laura’s book, but they also serve as a mini scheme of work with English and PSHE objectives, providing material
for four or more KS3 lessons – perfect for classes already looking at the role of the media and advertising in influencing young people.

The final outcome is for everyone to produce their own empowering messages – championing the value of uniqueness in order to look after themselves and others.

You are what you eat competition

To win a class visit from Laura Dockrill, enter our ‘You aren’t what you eat’ express yourself competition. Share your body positive creations on social media using #BigBones and tag Hot Key Books, The Reading Agency and the author Laura Dockrill by 13 April. Laura will choose a winner for a class visit for the autumn term. You can also send in any entries to


Podcasts for Book Lovers

We’ve put together a list of our favourite reading related podcasts for you to enjoy. From celebrity storytelling to a tour of the fascinating connections between Shakespeare and the world around us, there should be something to suit all tastes.

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The Underground Railroad - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Discover the 13 brilliant books that have been chosen for the 2017 Man Booker Dozen. You can download a Readers’ Guide for longlisted title The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead by clicking below.

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Arthur C Clarke Centenary

The Arthur C. Clarke Award is the most prestigious award for science fiction in Britain. The annual award is given for the best science fiction novel first published in the United Kingdom during the previous year. The award was established with a generous grant given by Sir Arthur C. Clarke and the first prize was awarded in 1987 to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. The winner receives a prize consisting of a number of pounds sterling equal to the current year (£2017 for year 2017).

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