Join the Oxplore Book Club! 

Are you aged 11-14? Do you dig dystopian drama, spine-tingling short stories, and classic Young Adult fiction? Join our Oxplore Book Club -- it’s been created especially for you!

The purpose of Oxplore Book Club is to introduce you to stories and poems that you might not have come across in school and encourage critical thinking and debate around each text.

Book Club runs from October to March and we're delighted to be returning for a new series in the autumn!

The Books we'll be reading are:

  • When the Sky Falls by Phil Earle
  • The Revelry by Katherine Webber
  • Robin Hood: Hacking, Heists & Flaming Arrows by Robert Muchamore
  • Like a Charm by Elle McNicoll
  • Nisha's War by Dan Smith
  • A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

How it works...

On the first Thursday of each month, we’ll start on a new text and publish supporting resources and learning activities in our ‘Are you ready for Book Club? Big Question. 

You have until the end of the month to submit your book reviews discussing the set text for that month. Click here to submit your reviews. Our favourites will win exciting prizes and see their reviews published on the Oxplore website, so it’s well worth having a go! 

We’ll also be running live Book Club discussions each month led by our student host, Sam Williamson. These events will be your opportunity to share your thoughts on the text and send your questions to the authors.

How to get started

Take some time to think about how you might like to get involved in the Book Club. If you're planning on setting up your own reading group, see our short guide for some tips... plus there's a free poster and bookmark you can print out too!

If you don’t have one already, we recommend signing up for a free Oxplore account. As a registered user, you will be able to post comments on Big Questions, submit book reviews, bookmark resources for later and gain the latest updates in our newsletters.

Do you have to read all the books?

Oxplore Book Club is pretty informal, so whether you form a reading group in your school or prefer to absorb the books in your own free time, we’ll leave exactly how and how much you participate, up to you.

However, we will be awarding certificates and Oxplore goodies to members or groups who read all 3 of the books, so stick with us! To demonstrate your participation in the Book Club, you’ll need to: 

  • create a free Oxplore account
  • take part in each of our live sessions.
  • submit book reviews.

We can’t wait for you to join us! If you have any questions, please send them to oxplore@admin.ox.ac.uk and we will gladly try to help. 

Happy reading!

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