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Become a Reading Spy with Maz Evans’s VI SPY: LICENCE TO CHILL – digital activity resources

To celebrate the arrival of Maz Evans’s VI SPY: LICENCE TO CHILL, the new novel from the author of the bestselling WHO LET THE GODS OUT series, we’ve put together a whole host of VI SPY-themed educational materials – and they’re completely free to access!

Divorce is tough for any kid. But when – like Vi’s parents – your mum is ex-secret service and your dad is a retired bad guy, ‘till death do us part’ takes on a whole new meaning. And with her parents’ focus on each other, the real super-villains are having a field day. To save her family – and the world – from evil domination, Vi must turn spy…

These materials have been prepared for KS2 readers (aged 9 to 12), and are completely suitable for home learning, reading groups and classroom use – or just for fun! You’ll find a chapter-by-chapter plan, videos, and extra downloadables (including a Spy Kit).

The activities included will prompt discussions around the VI SPY: LICENCE TO CHILL story and the different things that Maz talks about, challenging children to collect relevant ‘clues’ in their Spy Files. The aim is to encourage readers them to develop their reading comprehension, inference, and creative writing skills by becoming …


You can find all the Reading Spies materials on Chicken House’s Schools Hub here.

We would love to see any photos of you enjoying the pack on social media using #ViSpy and tagging chickenhsebooks and readingagency.


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