is a brand new scheme that is here to help children with their reading and writing skills. This scheme will encourage children to be creative in their writing and to also develop a more consistent reading pattern (with a few rewards at the end!).
There will be two branches of the scheme; the first scheme will be a pilot in various schools in the north east of England and the second will be open for any child aged 9-12 to take part.
Children from schools in the north east of England (aged 9-12) will be given a review pack which consists of a free book, pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, writing material, badge, reward card and bookmark. They will be given six weeks to read and review their book and all the reviews will be collected and judged.
The winner (who will be picked by the author) will receive a signed copy of the sequel to the book they have reviewed, a signed copy of one of our recommended books, a certificate, a personalised bookmark and their winning review will be published on this site.
Second place will receive a signed copy of one of our recommended books, a certificate and a personalised bookmark, and third place will receive a signed copy of one of our recommended books, a certificate and a personalised bookmark.
All reviews will have comments or bullet points on giving the writer's strengths and weaknesses. We want these to be identified and developed.
So then, what do participants of the scheme have to do?
It's simple really. Once they have read their book they will be given a review sheet and will be asked to write their review in no more than 250 words. Please visit the 'Review Help' page for hints and tips as to writing the best review, and to find out what the judges will be looking for. All the books that are given out are to be given back after six to eight week. Each reader will be asked to write a few lines about their favourite part in the front of the book. The book will then be used for another school who will in turn write their own words in the front and so on until the first pages are full.
So please be careful with those books!
The next book will be given out the following month and the process will start again.
There are limited spaces available on this scheme at the moment, but if you would like to take part then please don't hesitate to contact me. My name is Stephanie Roundsmith and I run the scheme myself. Please visit the 'Contact Me' page for more details. For more information on the School Scheme please visit 'The Scheme' page.
This scheme is open to any child aged 9-12 who enjoys reading and writing and are looking to develop those skills in a fun and creative way.
Participants will receive a free reading and writing pack which includes a pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, writing material, badge, reward card and bookmark. Children will have six weeks to read and review the book, written in no more than 250 words.
The books to review will be the same as the school scheme (please visit the 'Books to be Reviewed' page to view the books) and participants will need to either purchase a copy or lend one from their local library.
Once you have completed your review send it back to be assessed. You will be given reward stickers for your reward card and will be graded from 1-5 on how you have done in your review. Once you have collected five stickers (all graded four or above) you will be sent a certificate for your achievement and also a free book from our list of recommended books.
The best review from the Open Scheme will also receive a signed copy of the sequel to the book they have reviewed, a £10 book voucher and their review will be published on this site – so make sure you write the best review you can! Anyone wishing to take part please email me your details and a free reading and writing pack will be sent out to you. For more information on the Open Scheme please visit 'The Scheme' page.
There aren't any really! The only thing I ask you to do is not read the books that are for future competitions. I have added the first few to the website to give you an idea of what is coming and what the scheme is offering. Once these have been read I will only be adding the following books on the same date as they are released for reading.
I love surprises, don't you?
If you click on our recommended books pages in the left hand column you will find books which may appeal to children within the 5–12 year age range. There will be a review of the book (not more than 250 words!) and also a brief description as to which readers, and of what age, would find that particular book interesting. If you are looking for a particular book in a certain genre or for a certain age, please don't hesitate to contact me and I'll do my best to recommend an appropriate book choice.
As the scheme progresses I will include a few more writing competitions, book signings and creative writing workshops.
It would be nice for the children to meet and greet the authors on the scheme, and it's certainly something I am looking to do in the future.
Everyone happy with that?
Excellent let's get reading, writing and reviewing!