London LitSoc Kids' Book Club

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Welcome to LitSoc!

Meet your next favourite author at our new kids’ book club

LitSoc is all about sharing our love of reading for fun. 
Every month we’ll choose a book to read and then we’ll get together with the author to hear great stories, and find out more about their wonderful characters and messages.
We’ll be reading books by some of the biggest names in kids’ books, a few exciting new voices and a couple of classics so you can bring a copy you may already have, or borrow one from your school or local library.
At LitSoc you’ll have the chance to discover new authors and genres, hobnob with the writers you’ve been reading, share your ideas and ask your own questions in a warm and welcoming space at St Paul’s School here in Barnes.
What do we do at LitSoc?
  • Read the book! You don’t have to buy one. You can borrow a copy from your school or local library. 
  • Try and finish the book before we meet so that you won’t be too worried about spoilers!
  • Come along to our meeting where the author will join us for an hour or so to bring their book to life
  • You’ll have time to ask your own questions and share your thoughts with your book club friends 
  • Afterwards there’ll be a chance to meet the author and have your book signed PLUS
  • Every month we’ll have a list of books to read after book club which we also think you’ll love AND 
  • We’ll also pick a wildcard each month which is a book we think might surprise you. 

So what are you waiting for? Let’s get reading and we’ll see you at LitSoc! 

LitSoc February

Saturday 5 February 2022

2.00pm – 3.15pm

Danger at Dead Man’s Pass by

MG Leonard & Sam Sedgman

Suitable for 9 – 12 years 

All aboard for Adventures on Trains! Artist and amateur sleuth eleven year old Harrison Beck and his Uncle Nat embark on a thrilling adventure high in the German Mountains when they receive a mysterious letter from an old friend asking them to help investigate a spooky, supernatural mystery. Legend has it the Kratzensteins, a family of rich and powerful railway tycoons, are cursed, but there is no such thing as a curse, is there…?

Hal and Nat take the night train to Berlin and go undercover. From a creaking spooky old house at the foot of the Harz mountains, they take the Kratzenstein family’s funeral train to the peak of the Brocken Mountain. Can Hal uncover the secrets of the Brocken railway and the family curse before disaster strikes? 

Join award-winning author duo MG Leonard and Sam Sedgman for their fourth fantastic journey in their smash hit series as they share their love of steam engines, how to construct a mystery and explain why they chose a detective who loves to draw as the hero of their books. Enjoy the ride!  

Don’t worry if you haven’t read the other books in the Adventures on Trains series – you can still enjoy Danger at Dead Man’s Pass as a book on its own!

MG Leonard is the internationally bestselling author of the Beetle Boy trilogy and the non-fiction companion, The Beetle Collector’s Handbook. Beetle Boy won the Branford Boase award and a television series based on the book is currently in development. She is also the author of the smash hit series Adventures on Trains with her great friend Sam Sedgman which won the British Book Awards in 2021 for The Highland Falcon Thief. 

Sam is a playwright and award-winning digital producer who grew up with a railway line at the bottom of his garden and has been fascinated by trains ever since.

Helen Rutter photo
LitSoc February

Saturday 5 February 2022

The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh by Helen Rutter

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