What is it?

Mini Book Club – Year 7 Transition is an engaging set of questions and activities based around everyone reading the same book. It is for new Year 7s to do over the summer as part of their preparation for secondary school. It will help build their confidence as readers and means that when they start school they will all have something in common.

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.

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How does it work?

Mini Book Club – Year 7 Transition is ideal for summer school activities and sending out with transition information to families.
The publisher Hachette is supporting this initiative by providing the e-book for 99p (from 5/7/21 to 15/8/21) and giving schools the opportunity to buy sets of books at a discounted price.


The following free materials will be available:


• Resources for introducing When Secrets Set Sail at an assembly or transition meetings

• Questions and activities for Year 7s to do at home over the summer

• Self-evaluation surveys to measure impact

• Resources for running a discussion during Year 7 induction in September

• Access to a live author Q&A with Sita Brahmachari at 9am, Friday the 17th of September facilitated by Speakers for Schools

• An opportunity to win copies of Where the River Runs Gold for your library

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More about Sita Brahmachari

Sita Brahmachari 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, was 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 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. Sita is also an Amnesty International ambassador. She lives in London with her family.

About Hachette Children’s Group

Hachette Children’s Group is one of the largest children’s publishers in the UK, with an excellent track record in creating bestselling and award-winning books for children.
The Group aims to cater for every child, with baby and pre-school books, picture books, gifts, fiction, non-fiction, series fiction, books for the school and library market and licensed publishing and comprises the imprints Hodder Children’s Books, Orchard Books, Orion Children’s Books, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Quercus Children’s Books, Laurence King Children’s Books, Pat-a-Cake, Wren & Rook, Franklin Watts and Wayland Books.

The Group publishes a wide range of authors, illustrators, series and licences including: Cressida Cowell, Kes Gray, Jim Field, Jessica Townsend, Onjali Raúf, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Matthew Syed, David Almond, Lauren Child, Sinead Burke, Rachel Bright, Marion Deuchars, Dermot O’Leary, Nick East, Dean Atta, Francesca Simon, Alex T. Smith, Zanib Mian, J.K. Rowling, Patrice Lawrence, Giles Andreae, Guy Parker-Rees, Benjamin Zephaniah, Piers Torday, Alice Oseman, Juno Dawson, Pippa Curnick, Dr Ranj, Simon Farnaby, Leigh Bardugo, Rainbow Magic, Beast Quest and Pokémon.
Hachette Children’s Group is also the publisher of author Enid Blyton, and the owner of Enid Blyton Entertainment.

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