What is it?

Summer Book Club is a fun transition activity based around everyone reading the same book with an engaging set of questions and activities. 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.

What are we reading?

Wonderscape by Jennifer Bell

Wonderscape is a thrilling adventure where gaming and time travel collide.


‘It was early morning and Arthur was already running late for school when the gnomes exploded.’


Thrown together by this mysterious explosion, Arthur, Ren and Cecily find themselves trapped aboard The Principia – a scientific research ship sailing through hazardous waters, captained by one Isaac Newton.


Lost in the year 2473 in the Wonderscape, an epic in-reality adventure game, they must call on the help of some unlikely historical heroes to play their way home before time runs out…

How does it work?

Summer Book Club is ideal for secondary school transition, summer school activities and sending out to families with information as they prepare for Year 7.

The publisher, Walker Books, is supporting this initiative by providing the e-book for 99p (from 15/7/24 to 18/8/24) and giving schools the opportunity to buy sets of books at a discounted price of £4 per book.


The following free materials will be available:


• Resources for introducing Wonderscape at an assembly or transition meeting

• An Activities and Questions pack 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 Jennifer Bell at 9.15am, Monday 23 September

• An opportunity to win copies of Legendarium, Jennifer Bell’s next book in the series, for your library

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More about Jennifer Bell

Jennifer Bell worked as a children’s bookseller at a world-famous bookshop before becoming an author. Her debut novel, The Uncommoners: The Crooked Sixpence, was an international bestseller. She is also the author of Agents of the Wild, an adventure series for younger readers.


Wonderscape, was selected as a Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month and is inspired by some of her favourite heroes from history and her love of gaming. The next book in the series, Legendarium, celebrates incredible legends from around the world.


Find out more about Jennifer at www.jennifer-bell-author.com or say hello on Twitter at @jenrosebell and Instagram @jenbellauthor.

About Walker Books

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.

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