Mini Book Club – Year 7 Transition

Whe Secrets Set Sail book

Mini Book Club – Year 7 Transition

We’ve teamed up with Hachette and Speakers for Schools to offer this free exciting activity for children transitioning into Year 7. We know that this year it will be particularly important to support pupils during the summer and that being a confident reader is vital to secondary school success.

Mini Book Club – Year 7 Transition will be offer a mix of questions and activities about our chosen book, When Secrets Set Sail by Sita Brahmachari. The new Year 7s will complete these over the summer as part of their preparation for secondary school. The Mini Book Club will help build their confidence as readers and offers them something in common to talk about when they start school.

Schools will be able to download a free resource pack to share with pupils and Hachette are offering the e-book for 99p. This would work really well if you are planning summer school activities and/or it can be sent out to families along with other information about the school. Register now to secure your place

The following materials will be available after half-term on June 7th 2021:

  • Resources for introducing the book if you are running a summer school.
  • Questions and activities for Year 7s to do at home over the summer.
  • Links to the 99p e-book.
  • Resources for running a discussion during the Year 7 induction in September.
  • Access to the live author Q&A on September 17th at 9am – facilitated by Speakers for Schools

When Secrets Set Sail synopsis

When Secrets Set Sail is a bold adventure with timely themes and breath-taking writing from award-winning author, Sita Brahmachari.
Secrets from the past are the keys to the future…. Usha’s home is full of old secrets. Years ago, it was The House of the Ayahs, giving shelter to nannies who couldn’t return to their homeland. Now it is a refugee centre facing the threat of closure. Quiet Usha instantly clashes with fiery new arrival Imtiaz, her adoptive sister. But then a surprising visitor delivers a message: a broken promise from the house’s past must be fixed. Only by working together can the girls and their friend Cosmo set the secrets of the generations free and save their home.

Sita Brahmachari biography

Sita won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize with her debut Artichoke Hearts and is one of the most interesting and important voices in children’s books today. Tender Earth was awarded an honour by the International Board of Books for Young People, and her most recent novel, Where The River Runs Gold, published to great acclaim in July 2019. Sita’s books have been shortlisted for the UKLA Book Award, nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, and have been translated into many languages around the world. She was the 2015 Booktrust’s Writer in Residence and is the current Writer in Residence at Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants. She is also a World Book Day author for 2021 with the short story, The River Whale. Sita is also an Amnesty International ambassador. She lives in London with her family.

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