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  • Boy in the Tower discussion guide

    Synopsis: Boy in the Tower is a first person narrated story in three parts. It is a dystopian, science fiction story in which mysterious new plants, named the Bluchers, are taking over south-east London, feeding on the glass and cement of the large tower blocks. The tower blocks start to collapse and people are starting to die, so the inhabitants evacuate to safety. However, Ade can’t leave the 17th floor of his high rise block of flats. His Mum suffers from agoraphobia and he must stay to take care of her. Every day he notices the Bluchers advance. Is there any chance of rescue? All seems hopeless until he meets Dory, Obi and the cat, Pigeon.  Read more →
  • Alfie Bloom and the Secret of Hexbridge Castle discussion guide

    Synopsis:

    A fantasy adventure about 11 year old Alfie, who lives in a grotty basement flat with his father. Alfie is dreading the start of the Summer holidays as his father is always working.

    When Alfie receives a letter inviting him to the offices of mysterious solicitor, Caspian Bone, he discovers he has inherited a castle his life changes completely.

    And through mysterious circumstances surrounding his birth, he has also been entrusted as the caretaker of a centuries-old magic. Unfortunately for Alfie, dangerous forces also seek this powerful magic. With the help of his cousins Maddie and Robin, Artan the flying bearskin rug, and Ashford the mysterious Butler, Alfie must keep the magic safe from terrifying adversaries and make sure the secrets of Hexbridge Castle stay secret for ever…

     

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  • Itch discussion guide

    Synopsis:

    When Itch is given a strange rock by a mysterious man, it turns out to be something that no scientist has ever seen. Those who want the rock will stop at nothing, and if it gets into the wrong hands, the whole world could be in danger. Soon, Itch has to draw on everything he knows – and the contents of his rucksack – to keep himself and his family alive…

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  • Bubble Boy discussion guide

    Synopsis:

    Eleven-year-old Joe can't remember a life outside of his hospital room, with its beeping machines and view of London's rooftops. Joe suffers from severe combined immunodeficiency, a genetic condition that means he has no resistance to infection. His condition means he's not allowed outside, not even for a moment, and his few visitors risk bringing life-threatening germs inside his 'bubble'. But then someone new enters his world and changes it forever. This emotional story portrays how Joe spends his days, copes with his loneliness and frustrations, and looks - with superhero-style bravery, curiosity and hope - to a future without limits.

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  • The Astounding Broccoli Boy discussion guide

    Synopsis: Rory Rooney likes to be prepared for all eventualities. His favourite book is Don't Be Scared, Be Prepared, and he has memorized every page of it. He could even survive a hippo attack. He knows that just because something is unlikely doesn't mean it won't ever happen . . . But Rory isn't prepared when he suddenly and inexplicably turns green.

    Stuck in an isolation ward in a hospital far from home with two other remarkably green children, Rory's as confused by his new condition as the medics seem to be. But what if it's not in their genes, or a virus, or something they ate? What if turning green actually means you've turned into a superhero? Rory can't wait to make it past hospital security and discover exactly what his superpower might be . . .

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