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Orry and Isla sign up for the Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge 2017

Children will be using their detective skills to solve puzzles as part of a fun project designed to encourage reading. ‘Animal Agents’ is this year’s national Summer Reading Challenge produced by The Reading Agency and delivered by libraries. The Harvey Briggs Onchan Library is supporting the challenge, aided by sponsorship from Old Mutual International. Children between the ages of four and 11 can take part – it’s free, and they can sign up at any time throughout the summer.

Animal Agents have been brought to life by Tony Ross, who illustrates books for best-selling author David Walliams, and the Horrid Henry series. This particular detective agency is staffed by all kinds of clever animals who need eagle-eyed kids to help them by reading books and finding clues to solve some strange mysteries happening in the library.

Children receive an Animal Agents folder, and as they read their library books they collect stickers to help them crack the case. Thanks to the generous support from sponsors Old Mutual International, they also collect goodies along the way such as Animal Agents key rings, book bags and a medal for completing the challenge. The sponsors have also kindly provided fantastic prizes for all the fun competitions.

All the children who complete the challenge will be entered into a prize draw. There will be fun activities throughout the summer – children can test their skills to solve a Cluedo style mystery in the library, design a wanted poster, or join a summer holiday event. The Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge starts on Thursday 29th June.  with a ‘Detective Dogs’ after school activity which will include a visit from officers and police dogs from Isle of Man Constabulary.

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