The Lost World Read 2009 aims to get thousands of people reading and talking about Arthur Conan Doyle's thrilling adventure story The Lost World.
Young participants taking part in the South West Great Reading Adventure 2006.
The original novel should be suitable for confident readers at upper primary level and above, though the period language may be a challenge to some.
To encourage younger, reluctant or emergent adult readers to join in the fun, we have produced a special adaptation of the novel which includes puzzles and 'Did You Know...' facts of interest. Go to Books for details of availability.
The adaptation is available at the Downloads page in PDF, Word and audio formats. You can also find activity sheets here.
Participants in One Book – One Edinburgh 2008 (Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust).
The graphic-style biography of Darwin that is included in the project is aimed at a secondary school reading level but could also be read by confident younger readers. The pictures can be enjoyed by all ages, though some of the scenes (like the surgery demonstrations) may be a little gruesome.
For details of the special events taking place as part of the Lost World Read 2009, go to the What's On page. Events suitable for children are highlighted. They include storytelling and nature workshops at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, an evolutionary entertainment of stories, science and a splash of silliness at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh and an exciting walkabout performance by 'Desperate Men' of Darwin and the Dodo at Winchester Discovery Centre. Most libraries in the participating libraries will be running dinosaur-themed activities during half-term, so look out for further details.
Many of our partners are also working directly with schools, colleges and adult learning groups in their area. Photographs from some of these activities are on the Children's Showcase and News and Press pages.
For suggestions of further reading and websites of related interest to visit, go to the Resources page. Material suitable for younger people has been highlighted there.
Participants from Glasgow during Small Island Read 2007.