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Young City Reads 2017 Launch

A few days on and we are still fizzing from our brilliant Young City Reads 2017 launch. Kicking off on World Book Day, we celebrated the beginning of what promises to be our most successful and fun project to date! Things went off with a (human canon-ball) bang in the morning when we were joined by the one and only Dr. Surprise from the book! Let’s let author A.F. Harrold introduce him:


Dr surprise was the circus’s
Mysterious Magical Mind Reader, Horrendous, Horripilating Hypnotist and Incredible Invisible Illusionist.

Dr. Surprise was busy throughout the day reading young minds from Year 4 City Academy Whitehawk and Year 5 St Barts at both Whitehawk and Jubilee libraries. Children answered cryptic clues hidden within library books in a tantalizing treasure hunt, there was lots of mind reading, a touch of hypnosis, mind reading, chapter 1 reading, more mind reading and readings of the MIIIIIIINNNNNNNNND.

As well as these activities, (and did I mention Dr. Surprise’s mind reading?!) the children created some amazing drawings that would make the book’s illustrator Sarah Horne super proud!

Everyone is so excited and enthusiastic to be part of such an inspiring and entertaining GINORMOUS book group – thank you to everyone taking part – our wonderful classes, teachers, libraries, and of course Dr. Surprise! We had such a fun launch and the next 10 weeks are going to be GREAT!

Teachers who haven’t signed up yet – don’t fret, there’s still time – complete the online form here or get in touch via the contact page for further info.

We’ll leave you with a picture of Dr Surprise adding to his extensive library card collection by becoming a member of Brighton and Hove Libraries!

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