Sign up now for the Calibre Summer of Reading Challenge:

This year at Calibre we are asking our members to join our 12 weeks Summer of Reading Challenge. Running from 14th June to 5th September, all you have to do is pledge to read a book a week and at the end of the challenge, send us a review of the best book you read.

Week 2 - Book Recommendation

Image shows the cover of Code Name Bananas by David Walliams

Its a well-known fact that David Walliams books are not just for children; us adults can enjoy a book that makes us laugh and love as much as anyone. So for all our members - young, old and somewhere in between - our week two recommendation is Code Name Bananas.

It is 1940. Britain is at war with Nazi Germany. Eleven-year-old Eric spends his days at the place that makes him most happy: London Zoo. And there’s one animal in particular he loves: Gertrude the gorilla. With bombs falling all over London, Eric must rescue Gertrude. Together with his Uncle Sid, a keeper at the zoo, the three go on the run. But while hiding out at the seaside they uncover a top-secret Nazi plot…

David Walliams has been compared to the great Roald Dahl with his ever-expanding catalogue of whizz-bang epic adventures and this one, that centres around the extraordinary friendship between a little boy and a huge gorilla, is the perfect week two read.

Week 1 - Book Recommendation

Image shows the book cover of The Way Back Home by Freya North

The Way Back Home from bestelling author Freya North is our first recommendation.

Born and brought up in an artists’ commune in Derbyshire, Oriana Taylor had freedom at her fingertips in a home full of extraordinary people. The Bedwell brothers, Malachy and Jed, shared their childhood and adolescence with Oriana. In the rambling old house and tangled grounds, their dreams and desires could run free. But too much freedom comes at a price. Something happened the summer they were fifteen. And now, having been gone eighteen years, Oriana is back.

A book with all you need for a great summer read; a beautiful house, a touch of mystery and something we all love, a twist that will send your head spinning.

How it works:

  • Members sign up to take part by completing the form below.
  • Each week on our website, Calibre will feature a suggested summer reading title. This is a suggestion only, so we can share our favourite summer reads with you. You can read any 12 books you choose as part of the challenge.
  • At the end of the 12 weeks, we ask all those who took part to send us a review of their favourite book from the 12 week challenge. This can either be a written review sent by email or an audio review called into our dedicated phone line.
  • All those who sign up to our Summer of Reading challenge will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 voucher.
  • All reviews we receive will be featured on our website after the challenge. You can choose whether to be credited for your review or not. Further instructions on leaving a review will be emailed to you once you have signed up.

12 weeks, 12 books and a summer of escaping into the pages of great stories

Calibre's Summer Reading Challenge is in support of the initiative from The Reading Agency and the Open University, who this year are continuing the reading together and reading for pleasure agenda with a new Summer of Reading campaign. This is supported by DCMS, DfE, ACE, ASCEL and Libraries Connected. The campaign's aim is to support families over the summer - sharing the joy of reading, either by starting them on their reading journey or embedding the habit of regular reading into family life.

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