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Twydall Primary School

A message from Medway Libraries

Medway Libraries would like to invite you to join one of their three virtual book clubs, with sessions aimed at young people 8-19 years old. We also have provision for young people aged up to 25 years old with SEN. The titles can be borrowed online for free from our eLibrary (more details below).


We will be meeting on Monday 1st June at 12pm to discuss The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris. This session is aimed at 8-12 year olds. To join us, please email


The Lost Words began as a response to the removal of everyday nature words - among them "acorn", "bluebell", "blackberry" and "otter" - from the Oxford Junior Dictionary, because those words were not being used enough by children to merit inclusion. Through acrostic poems, each making up a lost word, this enchanting book joyfully captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.


The Lost Words became an instant bestseller, winning and shortlisting for numerous prizes (including the Wainwright Prize 2018, CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2019, Hay Festival Book of the Year 2017, Children's Book of the Year 2018 at the British Book of the Year Awards, and Waterstones Book of the Year), and prompted a surge in Kickstarter campaigns to give free copies to every school in Scotland, Wales and many English counties. It was described as a ‘cultural phenomenon’ in The Guardian, was widely acclaimed as an instant classic, and was shortlisted in 2017 (the year it was published) as one of Britain’s favourite books of all time on the natural world.


We are also running two virtual book clubs for teens. To join the sessions below, please email


On Wednesday 17th June at 12pm, we will be discussing The Search for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi, a colourful science fiction adventure. Raised by a robot in an underground sanctuary, Eva Nine flees to the surface when her home is destroyed by a marauder. She searches for anyone like her, risking everything to find a place to belong. This session is aimed at 13-16 year olds.


On Friday 19th June at 12pm, we will be discussing Divergent by Veronica Roth. A rich, fast-paced dystopian novel, Divergent quickly became a bestseller, with a dedicated fan base to rival The Hunger Games. The novel focuses on the journey of 16 year-old Tris, as she tries to survive and thrive in a dangerous, broken society. The session is aimed at 16-19 year olds.


The books are available, online for free, through Medway Libraries’ eLibrary. You can sign up for a free library card here, which also gives you free access to 12,000+ ebooks and eaudiobooks, 1,500+ ecomics, 131 popular magazine titles, and 7000+ newspapers.


Stay safe, and happy reading!


Many thanks,


Emily Maycock | Community Librarian – Young People’s Team | Medway Libraries | Medway Council
01634 335146 | Gillingham Library, 3 High Street, Gillingham, Kent ME7 1BG


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