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26 Jul 2016

Everyone Brave is Forgiven extract

Mary North – young, resourceful, fiercely intelligent, and a newly recruited teacher – resolves to stay in London at the outbreak of the Second World War. For although the city’s children are evacuated in a carefully orchestrated and very public act, a number of the have been returned, quickly and quietly, because the countryside ‘doesn’t want them’. What good is it to teach a child to count, Mary wonders, if you do not show him that he counts for something? Moving from Blitz-torn London to...

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26 Jul 2016

Taduno's Song extract

The day a stained brown envelope arrives from Taduno’s homeland, he knows that the time has come to return from exile. Arriving full of trepidation, the musician discovers that his community no longer recognises him, believing that Taduno is dead. His girlfriend Lela has disappeared, taken away by government agents. As he wanders through his house in search of clues, he realises that any traces of his old life have been erased. All that was left of his life and himself are memories. But...

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26 Jul 2016

The Memory Stones extract

Heartbreaking and beautiful, The Memory Stones tells the story of the Disappeared, thousands of Argentinians who fell victim to the violence of the period. Depicting the despair and hope of one family seeking to rebuild itself after unimaginable loss, it is a lyrical, devastating portrait of a country that has come face to face with terror and the long, dark shadow it leaves behind.

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14 Jul 2016

Chatterbooks evaluation

A copy of the Chatterbooks annual survey 2015-16 for information only. To complete the survey, click on the link below.

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12 Jul 2016

I Love Dick by Chris Kraus - Shelf Talker 5

When Chris Kraus, an unsuccessful artist pushing 40, spends an evening with a rogue academic named Dick, she falls madly and inexplicably in love, enlisting her husband in her haunted pursuit. Dick proposes a kind of game between them, but when he fails to answer their letters Chris continues alone, transforming an adolescent infatuation into a new form of philosophy. Blurring the lines of fiction, essay and memoir, Chris Kraus’s novel was a literary sensation when it was first...

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12 Jul 2016

I Love Dick by Chris Kraus - Shelf Talker 4

When Chris Kraus, an unsuccessful artist pushing 40, spends an evening with a rogue academic named Dick, she falls madly and inexplicably in love, enlisting her husband in her haunted pursuit. Dick proposes a kind of game between them, but when he fails to answer their letters Chris continues alone, transforming an adolescent infatuation into a new form of philosophy. Blurring the lines of fiction, essay and memoir, Chris Kraus’s novel was a literary sensation when it was first published in...

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12 Jul 2016

I Love Dick by Chris Kraus - Shelf Talker 3

When Chris Kraus, an unsuccessful artist pushing 40, spends an evening with a rogue academic named Dick, she falls madly and inexplicably in love, enlisting her husband in her haunted pursuit. Dick proposes a kind of game between them, but when he fails to answer their letters Chris continues alone, transforming an adolescent infatuation into a new form of philosophy. Blurring the lines of fiction, essay and memoir, Chris Kraus’s novel was a literary sensation when it was first...

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12 Jul 2016

I Love Dick by Chris Kraus - Shelf Talker 2

When Chris Kraus, an unsuccessful artist pushing 40, spends an evening with a rogue academic named Dick, she falls madly and inexplicably in love, enlisting her husband in her haunted pursuit. Dick proposes a kind of game between them, but when he fails to answer their letters Chris continues alone, transforming an adolescent infatuation into a new form of philosophy. Blurring the lines of fiction, essay and memoir, Chris Kraus’s novel was a literary sensation when it was first...

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12 Jul 2016

I Love Dick by Chris Kraus - Shelf Talker 1

When Chris Kraus, an unsuccessful artist pushing 40, spends an evening with a rogue academic named Dick, she falls madly and inexplicably in love, enlisting her husband in her haunted pursuit. Dick proposes a kind of game between them, but when he fails to answer their letters Chris continues alone, transforming an adolescent infatuation into a new form of philosophy. Blurring the lines of fiction, essay and memoir, Chris Kraus’s novel was a literary sensation when it was first...

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12 Jul 2016

I Love Dick by Chris Kraus - Postcards

When Chris Kraus, an unsuccessful artist pushing 40, spends an evening with a rogue academic named Dick, she falls madly and inexplicably in love, enlisting her husband in her haunted pursuit. Dick proposes a kind of game between them, but when he fails to answer their letters Chris continues alone, transforming an adolescent infatuation into a new form of philosophy. Blurring the lines of fiction, essay and memoir, Chris Kraus’s novel was a literary sensation when it was first published in...

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12 Jul 2016

I Love Dick by Chris Kraus - Recommendation cards

When Chris Kraus, an unsuccessful artist pushing 40, spends an evening with a rogue academic named Dick, she falls madly and inexplicably in love, enlisting her husband in her haunted pursuit. Dick proposes a kind of game between them, but when he fails to answer their letters Chris continues alone, transforming an adolescent infatuation into a new form of philosophy. Blurring the lines of fiction, essay and memoir, Chris Kraus’s novel was a literary sensation when it was first...

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08 Jul 2016

The Silent Cry by Cathy Glass - Reading group questions

This is the sixteenth fostering memoir by the inspirational foster carer Cathy Glass, giving a real insight into the world of foster care and the heart-breaking and moving stories she encounters along the way. The Silent Cry is the true story of a deeply troubled mother, Laura, who is struggling to cope with her new born Liam and her little girl Kim. With an overbearing family and her own inner demons starting to take over, can Cathy step in before it’s too late?

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08 Jul 2016

The Past by Tessa Hadley - Reading guide

Four siblings meet up in their grandparents’ old house for three long, hot summer weeks. But under the idyllic surface lie shattering tensions. Roland has come with his new wife, and his sisters don’t like her. Fran has brought her children, who soon uncover an ugly secret in a ruined cottage in the woods. Alice has invited Kasim, an outsider, who makes plans to seduce Roland’s teenage daughter. And Harriet, the eldest, finds her quiet self-possession ripped apart when passion erupts...

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08 Jul 2016

The Summer of Broken Stories by James Wilson extract

England, 1950s. While out playing in the woods, ten-year-old Mark meets a man living in an old railway carriage. Despite his wild appearance, the stranger, who introduces himself as Aubrey Hillyard, is captivating – an irreverent outsider who is shunned by Mark’s fellow villagers, and a writer to boot. Aubrey encourages Mark to tell stories about his own make-believe world, and in return he informs the boy about a novel he is writing – a work of ominous science fiction. As the meddling...

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08 Jul 2016

Father's Day by Simon van Booy extract

A beautifully crafted story of an orphaned girl named Harvey and the troubled uncle who raises her Moving between past and present, Father’s Day weaves together the story of Harvey’s childhood on Long Island and her life as a young woman in Paris. Written in raw, spare prose that personifies the characters, this novel is the journey of two people searching for a future in the ruins of their past.

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08 Jul 2016

The House at the Edge of the Night extract

On a tiny island off the coast of Italy, Amedeo Esposito, a foundling from Florence, thinks he has found a place where, finally, he can belong. Intrigued by a building the locals believe to be cursed, Amedeo restores the crumbling walls, replaces sagging doors and sweeps floors before proudly opening the bar he names the ‘House at the Edge of Night’. Surrounded by the sound of the sea and the scent of bougainvillea, he and the beautiful, fiercely intelligent Pina begin their lives...

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07 Jul 2016

My Name is Leon - extract

A brother chosen. A brother left behind. And a family where you’d least expect to find one. Leon is nine, and has a perfect baby brother called Jake. They have gone to live with Maureen, who has fuzzy red hair like a halo, and a belly like Father Christmas. But the adults are speaking in low voices, and wearing Pretend faces. They are threatening to give Jake to strangers. Since Jake is white and Leon is not. As Leon struggles to cope with his anger, certain things can still make him smile –...

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07 Jul 2016

The End of the World Running Club extract

When the world ends, what do you try to save? Your family. The End of the World Running Club sees Britain nearly annihilated by asteroids. In Edinburgh, Edgar Hill and his family have survived – just. But despite his best efforts, Edgar hasn’t managed to keep his family together. There’s a hope that they can all be rescued, but with the roads in ruins and society destroyed, Edgar has only one choice: cross Britain on foot. In three weeks. It’s 550 miles of blood, sweat, tears and a constant...

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07 Jul 2016

Chatterbooks Newsletter

You can find out the latest about Chatterbooks by taking a look at our August newsletter.

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05 Jul 2016

Cruel Heart Broken Discussion Points

Inspired by a tragic true story, Cruel Heart Broken is a taut tale of guilt, impossible choices, and the consequences that follow. Laurie is a good girl – so everyone thinks. But eight months ago she did something that she can’t undo and it’s tearing her apart. Charlie used to be her best friend. He’s done something he regrets too… and now someone has died. Two impulsive decisions. Two toxic secrets. Too many hearts broken. Partly inspired by the true story of a teacher in France who...

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04 Jul 2016

Inventions and discoveries Chatterbooks activity pack

Think of the wheel, ships, aeroplanes, TV, the Internet – and crisps, coffee machines and zip fasteners, toilets and microwaves! This Chatterbooks activity pack is full of reading ideas and activities about inventions and discoveries – how they came about, how they work, and the differences they make to people’s lives.

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03 Jul 2016

The Wilderness War activity pack

Celebrating the publication of The Wilderness War by Julia Green, OUP with the Woodland Trust have put together this fabulous outdoors activity pack. Includes how to build a fire, create your own frog pond and how to distinguish animal tracks. Perfect for the long summer days!

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15 Jun 2016

The Bolds design a hat competition sheet

Celebrating the brilliantly funny series The Bolds by Julian Clary and illustrated by David Roberts, we have this great drawing competition for children. We want children to design an unusual hat – the stranger the better! Mrs Bold makes hats out all sorts of unusual objects, such as egg boxes, clothes pegs and old bird’s nests. The best, most inventive hat will win a stack of funny books worth £100. Find out more by downloading this competition sheet.

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03 Jun 2016

A Brave Bear Father’s Day event kit

With Father’s Day fast approaching on 19th June, Walker Books invite libraries to join them in celebrating dads and the wonderful role they have in our lives with their A Brave Bear Father’s Day event kit. The kit has instructions on how to run an event, with interactive story time and lots of colouring in and drawing activities for little ones to do with their dads.

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02 Jun 2016

Chatterbooks Activity Packs - List

Here are some of the most popular Chatterbooks activity packs, published over the past few years, with direct links for downloading.

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01 Jun 2016

Sporty Stories Chatterbooks activity pack

The 2016 Olympic Games will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 to August 21, 2016. More than 10,500 athletes from 206 countries, will take part. And in June it’s the UEFA EURO 2016 football tournament! Here’s a Chatterbooks pack celebrating the games and bringing you a great collection of sporty stories and activities for your group to enjoy!

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27 May 2016

DK Coding Kit

This DK coding kit is the perfect tool to help you teach children the very basics of computer coding. It contains information on how to use the programme Scratch, plus fun activities which help familiarise children with using Scratch themselves.

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25 May 2016

Stories to Enthrall Chatterbooks activity pack

This Chatterbooks activity pack brings you a treasury of stories to enthral – stories from around the world which have been shared through generations, and are now magically retold and illustrated in the books featured in this pack. Legends, folk tales and fairy tales – some with a twist! – all for your Chatterbooks group to read and share and enjoy.

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24 May 2016

The Impact of Chatterbooks on Children’s Reading Enjoyment, Behaviours and Attitudes - Executive Summary

Executive Summary of the evaluation report by Clémence Pabion and Christina Clark, National Literacy Trust. The report looks at the impact of Chatterbooks on children’s reading enjoyment, behaviour and attitudes, relating to our Department for Education funded project to establish KS2 book clubs in primary schools, and encourage year 3 library membership.

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24 May 2016

The Impact of Chatterbooks on Children’s Reading Enjoyment, Behaviours and Attitudes

Evaluation report by Clémence Pabion and Christina Clark, National Literacy Trust. The report looks at the impact of Chatterbooks on children’s reading enjoyment, behaviour and attitudes, relating to our Department for Education funded project to establish KS2 book clubs in primary schools, and encourage year 3 library membership.

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