The Magic Hour chapter book and activity pack

The Magic Hour chapter book and activity pack

David Wolstencroft
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A magical STEM-inspired adventure for kids aged 8+

Young readers will be gripped by the mind-bending story in The Magic Hour by David Wolstencroft, plus the accompanying activity pack, which we created for Parrot Street Book Club subscribers in July 2023.

“Things we love about The Magic Hour: a fearless and relatable lead character, an inspiring grandmother with an important story, and some gripping cliff hangers! Set in between Edinburgh and a thrilling fantasy world, this is thought-provoking and perfect summer reading.


Eleven-year-old Ailsa Craig is always late! To everything - her own birth, school, and even her own house exploding! Although it is certainly better to be late for that than early...

But then one day, Ailsa discovers the secret of a lifetime: An extra hour in the day. The Magic Hour which exists in a fantastical, parallel Edinburgh, accessed at twilight. As she explores this extraordinary place where anything seems possible, Ailsa can't believe her luck. Her grades improve and life seems to be on the up - even the popular kids start liking her.

But messing with time, can have desperate consequences. When Ailsa discovers that the extra time comes at a terrible cost, she must battle the sinister forces at work and save herself, her parents and the world.

David Wolstencroft is an American-born British screenwriter and author, best known for creating the TV spy drama Spooks.

The activity pack includes book club-style questions to ponder and a recipe for tomato salsa. You'll also make an erupting volcano, solve our Scottish word search and fill a memory box in our drawing activity, alongside jokes, facts and further reading recommendations.

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

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  • Standard UK Royal Mail delivery £2.99 (free on bookshop orders over £25)
  • UK Express delivery also available from £5.50
  • International shipping available to select destinations (calculated at checkout according to weight)

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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This pack is also available as part of a gift set:

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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 Cockatoo reading group, aged roughly 8 to 12.

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