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12 Apr 2017

The Explosion Chronicles - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. This year, 13 brilliant novels have been chosen for the Man Booker Dozen longlist. You can download a Reader’s Guide for longlisted title The Explosion Chronicles by Yan Lianke (China), translated by Carlos Rojas by clicking below.

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12 Apr 2017

Swallowing Mercury - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. This year, 13 brilliant novels have been chosen for the Man Booker Dozen longlist. You can download a Reader’s Guide for longlisted title Swallowing Mercury by Wioletta Greg (Poland), translated by Eliza Marciniak by clicking below.

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12 Apr 2017

Fish Have No Feet - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. This year, 13 brilliant novels have been chosen for the Man Booker Dozen longlist. You can download a Reader’s Guide for longlisted title Fish Have No Feet by Jon Kalman Stefansson (Iceland), translated by Phil Roughton by clicking below.

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12 Apr 2017

Bricks and Mortar - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. This year, 13 brilliant novels have been chosen for the Man Booker Dozen longlist. You can download a Reader’s Guide for longlisted title Bricks and Mortar by Clemens Meyer (Germany), translated by Katy Derbyshire by clicking below.

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12 Apr 2017

Black Moses - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. This year, 13 brilliant novels have been chosen for the Man Booker Dozen longlist. You can download a Reader’s Guide for longlisted title Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou (France), translated by Helen Stevenson by clicking below.

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10 Apr 2017

Supertato activity sheets

Download these Supertato activity sheets for your Chatterbooks group. This bundle includes a colouring sheet and spot the difference puzzle

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10 Apr 2017

The Royal Rabbits of London video trailer

Shylo has always been the weakest and quietest of all his family and his siblings spend their days making fun of him. But when he stumbles across a band of rats and overhears a diabolical plot against the Queen, it’s up to Shylo to find the Royal Rabbits of London to help save the day. Can this smallest of rabbits prove himself to be the biggest of heroes?

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10 Apr 2017

Gordon's Great Escape video trailer

Gordon isn’t any old balloon. He’s up and off on a trip around the world! His adventures lead him far and wide. But will he survive without going BANG! Gordon’s Great Escape is an exciting picture book from the bestselling, award winning creators of Supertato, Barry the Fish with Fingers and Norman the Slug – Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet.

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10 Apr 2017

Aliens Love Underpants anniversary video

Celebrate 10 years of the bestselling Aliens Love Underpants series with this fun trailer!

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10 Apr 2017

Aliens Love Underpants activity sheets

Download these fun colouring sheets for your Chatterbooks group

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03 Apr 2017

Faber Chatterbooks Activity Pack

Meet Squishy McFluff, Dave Pigeon & Woozy the Wizard, three fun characters from Faber. This pack gives descriptions and tasters from all the books, suggestions for more reading, plus discussion and activity ideas for your Chatterbooks reading groups.

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01 Apr 2017

The Wonderling by Mira Bartók - Discussion guide

The Wonderling In this extraordinary debut novel with its deft nod to Dickensian heroes and rogues, Mira Bartók tells the story of Arthur, a shy, fox-like foundling with only one ear and a desperate desire to belong, as he seeks his destiny. Welcome to the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, an institution run by evil Miss Carbunkle, a cunning villainess who believes her terrified young charges exist only to serve and suffer. Part animal and part human, the groundlings toil in...

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31 Mar 2017

The Kingdom of Women by Choo Waihong - an extract

Choo Waihong was a corporate lawyer with top law firms in Singapore and California before she took early retirement in 2006 to travel and write. She lived for six years with the Mosuo tribe and now spends half the year with them in Yunnan, China. Our library reading panel enjoyed learning about The Mosuo tribe from the The Kingdom of Women – here are some of their comments: “This was a fantastic book. Well-written, engaging and thoroughly interesting.” “The subject of this book is the...

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29 Mar 2017

Lots teachers' notes

Download these teachers’ notes for Lots by Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton

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29 Mar 2017

Triangle activity sheets

Download these fun activity sheets inspired by Triangle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen to share with your Chatterbooks group!

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24 Mar 2017

Greenpeace Captain by Peter Willcox - an extract

Peter Willcox has been a Captain with Greenpeace for over 30 years, making him the most experienced captain in the organization. An activist for nearly his entire life, beginning by marching in Selma behind Martin Luther King Jr. with his family at age twelve. Captain Willcox estimates he’s sailed over 300,000 miles in virtually every corner of the globe. Our library reading panel really enjoyed Greenpeace Captain – here are some of their comments: “This was written in an easy style and I...

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24 Mar 2017

The Dry by Jane Harper - an extract

Jane Harper has worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK. She lives in Melbourne and currently writes for the Herald Sun. Jane is originally from the UK and moved to Australia in 2008. The Dry is her first novel. Our Radio 2 panel loved The Dry – here are some of their comments: “This was an immensely enjoyable read which follows two separate mysteries: Did Luke Hadler really murder his family and take his own life? Who killed Ellie Deacon twenty years...

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23 Mar 2017

Gilded Cage by Dr. Vic James - discussion questions

Vic James is a current affairs TV director who loves stories in all their forms, and Gilded Cage is her debut novel. She as twice judged the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize, has made films for BBC1, BBC2, and Channel 4 News, and is a huge Wattpadd.com success story. Under its previous title, Slavedays, her book was read online over a third of a million times in first draft. And it went on to win Wattpad’s ‘Talk of the Town’ award in 2015 – on a site showcasing 200 million stories. Vic James...

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23 Mar 2017

Gilded Cage by Dr. Vic James - a prologue

A thrilling Orwellian vision of Britain, with a rebellious Hunger Games heart. Gilded Cage is the astonishing debut novel from Vic James, and the first title in her electrifying The Dark Gifts Trilogy. Britain’s magically-skilled aristocracy compels all commoners to serve them for ten years – and now it’s the Hadley’s turn. Abi Hadley is assigned to England’s most ruthless noble family. The secrets she uncovers could win her freedom – or break her heart. Her brother Luke is enslaved in a...

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23 Mar 2017

The Novel of the Century by David Bellos - an introduction

The Novel of the Century brings to life the extraordinary story of how Victor Hugo managed to write his novel of the downtrodden despite a revolution, a coup d’état and political exile; how he pulled off the deal of the century to get it published, and set it on course to become the novel that epitomizes the grand sweep of history in the nineteenth century. Placing a century of scholarship into narrative form and packed full of information about the background and design of Les...

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14 Mar 2017

How to run a reading circle

Adapted from article by Angie Simms- NATECLA News, Autumn 2010 and inspired by Oxford Bookworms. With thanks to Jenny Roden. Looking to experiment with your reading group? The reading circle is an exciting new approach which could enhance your reading group meetings. Originally designed for English language learners, the model can be applied to any reading group who wants to get creative with their approach. The model breaks down the group into five specific roles, which have been designed...

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13 Mar 2017

Shakespeare Week 2017 Chatterbooks Activity Pack

Here is a special Chatterbooks activity pack for Shakespeare Week 2017 with details of books for young people about Shakespeare, retellings of his plays, ideas for discussion and activities in your Chatterbooks reading group and suggestions for more reading.

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10 Mar 2017

Fathers and Sons by Howard Cunnell - an extract

As a boy growing up on the south coast of England, Howard Cunnell’s sense of self was dominated by his father’s absence. Now, years later, he is a father, and his daughter is becoming his son. Starting with his own childhood in the Sussex beachlands, Howard tells the story of the years of self-destruction that defined his young adulthood and the escape he found in reading and the natural world. Still he felt compelled to destroy the relationships that mattered to him. Saved by...

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10 Mar 2017

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai - discussion questions

Elan Mastai was born in Vancouver and lives in Toronto with his wife and children. He writes movies and his credits include the award-winning script for What If, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver. He is currently developing the screenplay for All Our Wrong Todays which has been optioned by Paramount with producer Amy Pascal on board. All Our Wrong Todays is Elan’s debut novel. Our reading panel loved All Our Wrong Todays – here are some of their comments: “This is one of...

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10 Mar 2017

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai - an extract

You know the future that people in the ‘50s imagined? Flying cars, teleportation, jetpacks and moon bases? Well, it happened. And it was just as great as we hoped it would be. It’s 2016 and in Tom’s world, technology has solved all of humanity’s problems – there’s no war, no poverty, no under-ripe avocados. Unfortunately, Tom isn’t happy. He’s lost the girl of his dreams. And what do you do when you’re heartbroken and have access to a time machine? Something very stupid indeed. Finding...

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09 Mar 2017

S.C.R.E.A.M: The Mummy's Revenge book extract

Read the opening chapter of S.C.R.E.A.M: The Mummy’s Revenge, the latest book from Andrew Beasley Visit the Summer Reading Challenge website and enter our competition for your chance to feature in the next book in the series!

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09 Mar 2017

Uncle Shawn and Bill video extract

A.L. Kennedy reads the opening from her novel Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Almost Entirely Unplanned Adventure, illustrated by Gemma Correll, in which a brave and handsome young badger called Bill meets two extremely dreadful sisters and begins an adventure he may not survive.* *He also has a sore ear and remembers that he doesn’t like shorts, especially if he is wearing them.

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09 Mar 2017

The Cherry Pie Princess activity sheets

Download these sheets inspired by The Cherry Pie Princess to share with your Chatterbooks group. This bundle includes a drawing activity, short story prompts and more!

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01 Mar 2017

World Book Day 2017 Chatterbooks Activity Pack

This year is very special. It is the 20th year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 2nd March 2017 children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. In this pack you’ll find lots of ideas for your group’s activities and discussion, all linked to the World Book Day 2017 titles.

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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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