Posted on Monday, July 5, 2021
Category: Book Club


ReadingZone runs a free, online bookclub for primary schools (Years 3-6), and any class can join our regular events.

We're thrilled that authors Nicola Penfold and Serena Patel will be joining us this summer as part of our our regular, *free*, online #ReadingZoneBookclub sessions - and we have more to announce! 

At each #ReadingZoneBookclub event, we aim to enjoy some book chat with the classes taking part, meet great authors and discover new books. You might also want to follow up with a full event after meeting one of our authors online!

If you would like to join our events (via Zoom) on Friday afternoons, 2pm - 2.45pm, do email us:  [email protected]

Each author will talk about their new book, give a short reading, and cover a creative writing topic. Children will also have the chance to put their questions to the author.  We can also organise discounted, signed books for participating schools.

Contact us if you would like to join any of the following events:

Nicola Penfold (Between Sea and Sky)
Friday 25th June, 2pm - 2.45pm
For Years 5 & 6 (ages 9+) - Nicola will introduce the environmental issues raised in her dystopian MG novel, Between Sea and Sky, and be talking about climate change, pollinators, food security, future worlds - and seaweed!

You can watch a recording of this event here

Serena Patel (Anisha Accidental Detective - Granny Trouble)
Friday 2nd July, 2pm - 2.45pm
For Years 3-6 (ages 8+) - Serena will talk about her new book, Granny Trouble, and developing a great mystery adventure, as well as the importance of inclusion and representation in her writing.

Matt Goodfellow - Poetry Workshop (Being Me)
Tuesday 6th July, 2pm - 2.45pm
For Years 3-6 (ages 8+) - Join poet Matt Goodfellow as he reads some of his award-winning poems and discusses how simple yet powerful it is to write poems 'in your voice, about your life'. His performance also contains a writing workshop that can be worked on after the event back in class.

Jonathan Stroud (The Outlaws Scarlett and Brown)
Friday 9th July, 1.30pm - 2.15pm
For Years 7-9 (ages 12+) - Bestselling author Jonathan Stroud will introduce his new dystopian action adventure series, and answer students' questions.

MG Leonard (Twitch)
Monday 12th July, 2pm - 2.45pm
For Years 3-6 (ages 8+) - Beetle Boy author MG Leonard introduces her new series, Twitch, and explains how bird spotting and the natural environment helped inspire her new book.

Sophie McKenzie (Hide and Secrets)
Wednesday 14th July, 6.30pm
For Teachers & Librarians - In this special ReadingZone event, Sophie McKenzie will introduce her new book, Hide and Seek, and answer your questions. We have proof copies available for those who would like to take part.

Sophie McKenzie (Hide and Secrets)
Friday 16th July, 1.30pm
For Years 7-9 - Bestselling author Sophie McKenzie (Girl, Missing / Sweet Freak) will introduce her new book, Hide and Seek, which publishes later this month, and will answer students' questions.

We would like to thank the ReadingZone Festival supporters for making our Summer Reading activities possible, including the Wates Family Enterprise Trust; Mole Valley District Council; and Unum.

Authors including Frank Cottrell Boyce, Ross Welford, Jenny Pearson and Hannah Gold have already taken part in our #ReadingZoneBookclub, and we have more to announce for Autumn 2021!