Summer Book Club 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.
The Chime Seekers is a fantasy adventure about siblings, courage and the magic that hides in the cracks.
Step into a world of faerie tricks and hidden danger…
When an evil faerie steals Yanni’s baby sister and swaps her for a Changeling, Yanni is swept into a dangerous race against time to get her back. For faeries delight in tricks and rescuing her won’t be easy. With the help of his cousin, Amy, and the reluctant Changeling, Yanni must travel to goblin palaces and battle-swept oceans, discovering ancient treasures and secrets along the way.
Yanni will need every drop of courage and even a few tricks of his own, if he’s to outwit the faerie and save his sister…
Summer Book Club is ideal for summer school activities and sending out to families with secondary school transition information. The publisher, Walker Books, is supporting this initiative by providing the e-book for 99p (from 12/7/23 to 17/8/23) and giving schools the opportunity to buy sets of books at a discounted price of £4.
The following free materials will be available:
• Resources for introducing The Chime Seekers at an assembly or transition meeting
• 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 Ross Montgomery at 9.15am, Friday the 15th of September
• An opportunity to win copies of Spellstone, Ross Montgomery’s next book for your library
Ross has always loved reading, writing and telling stories – he began by reading old Beano annuals and drawing his own comic strips, but soon moved onto longer chapter books and quickly realized what stories can do!
His first book, Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door was shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award – since then he’s had twenty books published, a mixture of fantasy adventure novels for 8-12s and picture books including The Midnight Guardians (a Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month) and his latest book Spellstone is published in May. Ross was a primary school teacher for seven years. At one point he was teaching and writing at the same time, but decided that he quite liked having time for other activities like eating and sleeping, so is now a full-time writer.
Home to books for all ages, Walker Books publishes many award-winning authors, illustrators, and literary franchises including Anthony Horowitz, Angie Thomas, Cassandra Clare, Lucy Cousins, Anthony Browne, Patrick Ness, Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, and Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford.
Walker Books is part of the vibrant international Walker Books Group that includes Walker Books Australia; Candlewick Press in America and its new division, Walker Books US; and Walker Productions.
The habits of informed criticism and respectful debate are practised during book club, these are cross curricular life skills. I have observed the accelerated progress in the work of the pupils who participated in English.
The format gets children to reflect on a text, to consider the views of other group members and to develop more objective and analytical thinking in a fun and engaging way.
The year 10s are developing resilience and perseverance. They have coped well with the responsibility of being prepared for book club and setting a good example to the younger students.