What is it?

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.

What are we reading?

Twitch by M.G. Leonard

Twitch  is an exciting, mystery adventure about friendship, bravery and birds, as well as a celebration of the natural world.


Twitch is a twelve-year-old with three pet chickens, four pigeons, swallows nesting in his bedroom and a passion for bird-spotting. On the first day of the summer holidays, he arrives at his secret bird-watching hide in the local nature reserve to find police everywhere: a convicted bank robber and murderer has broken out of prison and is hiding in Aves Wood.


Twitch soon finds himself entangled in the hunt for the dangerous prisoner. Can he turn his talents for bird-spotting to detective skills and find the missing loot?

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How does it work?

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 11/7/22 to 7/8/22) and giving schools the opportunity to buy sets of books at a discounted price.


The following free materials will be available:


• Resources for introducing Twitch 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 M.G. Leonard at 9am, Friday the 16th of September facilitated by Speakers for Schools

• An opportunity to win copies of Spark, M.G. Leonard’s next book for your library

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More about M G Leonard

M. G. Leonard is an award-winning, bestselling writer of children’s books, as well as a member of Authors4Oceans. Her books are sold in 40 countries, and there is currently a TV series in development basedon her Beetle Boy series.


Her first picture book, The Tale of a Toothbrush, is out now. She is also co-author of the critically acclaimed Adventures on Trains series. Before becoming a writer, M. G. Leonard worked as a digital media producer for the National Theatre, The Royal Opera House and Shakespeare’s Globe. She lives in Brighton with her husband, two sons and pet beetles.

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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