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There are 6 books in this year’s Award. You challenge is to try and read all of them and then vote on your favourite. There will be certificates and prizes for those who do!

Read the first 1 or 2 chapters in your group and answer the following questions:

1. Who is telling the story?

2. Who are the main characters? What are they like? Describe them.

3. Where and when do you think the story is set?

4. What happens?

5. Predict what you think might happen in the rest of the book.

6. What kind of book is it? Genre?

7. Write down any new words you did not know and use a dictionary/thesaurus to find out what they mean and find alternative words the author could have used.

Other Activities

  • Find out what reading activities you can take part in at your local Southwark library
  • Script-writing
  • Draw the characters and label them with descriptions from the book
  • Design a different cover
  • Design a film poster/advert for the book
  • Devise an alternative title
  • Write a newspaper report for an incident in the book
  • Storyboard an event or chapter
  • Interview one of the characters
  • Write a diary entry for one of the characters
  • Fill in your Review booklet
  • Make a wordsearch based on the book
  • Write a problem page letter from a character to an agony aunt
  • Write a letter to the author explaining what you liked and didn't like in the book
  • Research the author on the internet and prepare a presentation for the class
  • Write a review here on the website


  • Play Wordshoot, Matching Pairs, Manic Miner or Cannonball Fun - all specially written to use characters and events from this year's shortlist (currently only Dog Lost, but plenty more to come very soon! Why not visit the games page now?

Lily on Shadow:

I enjoyed this book despite not being a book I would choose to read. Just by reading it from different view points ( Matt, Aman etc ) I could easily understand how every character was feeling to make ...


Animoto 2012