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


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 July 2018. Please note the competition has now closed


Keeping your reading group active while social distancing

Are you wondering how your reading group can continue to meet, even while you’re social distancing? With many people at home with family, flatmates or on their own, we know that books are so important to provide comfort, solace and escapism. Staying socially connected, and keeping your regular reading group meetings in your diary, is going to be very important in keeping up morale and supporting everyone’s mental health as we adjust to a new way of living.

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How to start a reading group

Interested in joining a reading group or starting one of your own? Download our quick guide to getting started.

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Hive and The Reading Agency

The Reading Agency loves books, in every form, and we know you do too. We love it when people borrow books in every format from their brilliant local libraries. We love it when reading groups get exclusive free proofs from our publisher partners. We love it when readers pick up a pre-loved book from a second-hand bookshop for a song. And we also love it when you buy yourself or someone else a brand new book from a high street bookshop. We also know that buying online is quick and convenient...

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