Merton Library Service is inspiring young people to read their way through the school holidays in a top-secret Summer Reading Challenge, which runs until Saturday 9 September.
Almost 2000 Merton children have signed up so far. As part of the mission, they must read six or more books of their own choice during the school holidays to qualify as a special Reading Agent.
Each participant will receive a Reading Mission pack containing details of their challenge, code busting puzzles, reading tips and help with charting their progress. To motivate them along the way, they will receive bookmarks and secret message pens as they reach their objectives. Those who successfully complete the mission receive ‘Mission Accomplished’ medals and certificates.
Haydn Sheridan, aged 8 from Poplar Primary School, has recently completed his Secret Reading Mission.
“I think it’s really good It gave me the opportunity to read more books and to have more experience in reading.”
Of his reading mission books, he enjoyed Dream Master: Gladiator by Teresa Breslin most. He said:
“It had more adventure in it. They could go into their dreams and help people.’
Haydn has read over 200 books in the past year, and his favourite is Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J K Rowling.
Councillor Maurice Groves, Merton’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said:
“The Summer Reading Challenge is excellent because it inspires young people to read for fun.”