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The Memory Thieves by Darren Simpson - Teachers' Notes and Discussion Questions

What you don’t remember can’t hurt you…

Cyan has lived at the Elsewhere Sanctuary for as long as he can remember, freed by Dr Haven from dark memories of his past life. But when Cyan finds a mysterious warning carved into the bones of a whale skeleton, he starts to wonder what he had to forget to be so happy.

New resident, Jonquil, begins to resist the sanctuary’s treatment, preferring to hold on to her memories – even the bad ones. So when Dr Haven resorts to harsher measures, Cyan embarks on a secret mission to discover the truth about the sanctuary…and himself.

From the acclaimed author of Scavengers, The Memory Thieves is a dazzling feat of world-building; a truly unique, spine-tingling adventure for children to escape to.

Darren Simpson lives in Nottingham with his wife and two mischievous boys, and spends most of his time pretending he knows what he’s doing. After not quite making it as a drummer in a rock band, Darren turned to writing and discovered that it’s a fun way not only to escape reality, but also to explore and confront it in unusual ways. He can usually be found lost in his headphones or eating cake mix with a spoon.

Download the zip folder that contains teachers notes in both colour and black and white, as well as book club discussion questions.

You can also see some reviews from Net Galley here.

“Marvellously visual and gripping”
A. M. Howell

“Gripped me from the very first page – vivid story-telling, wonderful world-building and characters you’ll think about long after the end.”
Jasbinder Bilan, author of Asha and the Bird Spirit

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