Away With Words book and activity pack

Away With Words book and activity pack

Sophie Cameron
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Thought-provoking mystery for readers aged 12+

More confident readers will be moved by Gala's story in Away With Words by Sophie Cameron, which comes with an accompanying activity pack, which we created for Parrot Street Book Club subscribers in July 2023.

“This poignant family drama is set in a world where words appear as physical objects, reflecting the speaker's thoughts and feelings. It's a highly original story, beautifully told and with much for young readers to relate to.”


Gala and her dad, Jordi, have just moved from home in Catalonia to a town in Scotland, to live with Jordi's boyfriend Ryan. Gala doesn't speak much English, and feels lost, lonely and unable to be her usual funny self. Until she befriends Natalie, a girl with selective mutism. The two girls find their own ways to communicate, which includes collecting other people's discarded words. They use the words to write anonymous supportive poems for their classmates, but then someone begins leaving nasty messages using the same method - and the girls are blamed. Gala has finally started adapting to her new life in Scotland and is determined to find the culprit. Can she and Natalie show the school who they really are?

Sophie Cameron is the author of several books for children and young people. Originally from Scotland, she is now based in the Balearic Islands, Spain, where she lives with her wife and their twin boys.

The activity pack includes stickers, book club-style questions to ponder and a welcome note from Simon Fox. There’s also a drawing activity to enjoy and a delicious recipe for ensaimadas, a Spanish pastry, alongside jokes and further reading recommendations.

Activity packs are a handy A5 size and printed on uncoated paper which is fully recyclable.

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Our packs are wrapped in a simple paper sleeve and sent out in a cardboard book wrap – we would be so grateful if you could recycle both.

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We are a monthly book subscription by post for children aged 5 to 14, focused on helping families discover new and different chapter books.

This title was sent to subscribers in the Macaw reading group, aged roughly 12 to 14, who need books that feel grown-up but aren’t quite ready for all young adult books.

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