Book Doctor: Ask Kiran Millwood Hargrave and win a signed copy of A Secret of Birds & Bone and a £15/€20 National Book Token!

Kiran Millwood Hargrave – bestselling author of The Girl of Ink & Stars and winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize – will be our guest Book Doctor in September, prescribing the best reads for booklovers of all ages.

Our Book Doctors are here to help with reading dilemmas of all kinds. You might ask Kiran to solve reading ruts such as...

  • I read a lot to my 7-year-old daughter. Can you recommend any up-and-coming authors that we could try? - Melanie
  • How do I set the scene to get really cosy to engage in a book? Recently I can't quite get hooked even with my favourites! – Grace, age 13
  • Both my 9-year-old daughter and I are avid readers, and we are trying to find classics that we can enjoy reading together. We started with Oliver Twist but it was perhaps a bit too ambitious. Any suggestions as to less challenging classics? – Kate
  • How do I can convince my friends to quit picking on me for reading? – Shane
  • My dad keeps falling asleep when he is supposed to be reading me a bedtime story. What book do you recommend that will keep him awake and keen to read as many chapters as possible? – Sam, age 10

Thank you for sending in your questions! Kiran Millwood Hargrave will answer them over in Caboodlers' Corner in September. 

5 winners whose questions are answered by Kiran Millwood Hargrave will win a signed copy of A Secret of Birds and Bone and a £15/€20 National Book Token. 

In an Italian city ravaged by plague, Sofia's mother carves beautiful mementoes from the bones of loved ones. But one day, she doesn't return home. Did her work lead her into danger? Sofia and her little brother Ermin are sent to the convent orphanage but soon escape, led by an enigmatic new friend and their pet crow, Corvith.

Together they cross the city underground, following clues in bones up to the towers of Siena, where – circled by magpies – the children find the terrible truth... 


Terms and Conditions

5 x winners whose questions are answered by Kiran Millwood Hargrave in our next Book Doctor feature (September) will win a signed copy of A Secret of Birds and Bone and a £15/€20 National Book Token

Please note: The competition entrant must be aged 16 or over. You are welcome to send in questions on behalf of younger children as long as the person submitting the entry is aged 16 or over.

  • No purchase necessary.
  • A minimum of one question and maximum of five questions can be submitted per entrant (or per child). Only one entry per person will be accepted. 
  • No purchase necessary.
  • Closing date: 11:59pm, Thursday 23rd July 2020. 
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted. 
  • The prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives, and subject to availability. The Promoter reserves the right to amend the specification of the prize or offer an alternative prize. In exceptional circumstances, the Promoter reserves the right to foreclose the competition without notice.
  • The Promoter may cancel, postpone, or change the date of the upcoming Book Doctor feature without notice. 
  • The competition is open to UK and Republic of Ireland residents except employees of the Booksellers Association and Book Tokens Ltd., their families, employees of participating bookshops, and anyone else connected with this promotion.
  • Entrants must be aged 16 or over.
  • Entrants agree to the Promoter using their details (including child's details, if provided) in post-competition publicity (including the National Book Tokens and Caboodle websites, social media, and emails). Your details will not be used for any other purpose, or passed onto any third parties, unless specified. Winners’ details may be shared securely with a third-party in order to fulfil the dispatch of competition prizes.
  • We will contact winners by email before September. In the event of a winner not responding after 14 days, we reserve the right to allocate the prize to another winner, or foreclose the prize. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
  • The Promoter accepts no responsibility for entries that are incomplete, illegible, incorrect, corrupted or fail to reach the Promoter by the closing date for any reason. Automatically generated entries or entries via third parties are invalid and shall not be considered.
  • The Promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The Promoter will only use your email address and other personal information as outlined in our privacy policy.
  • National Book Tokens gift cards can be spent in participating bookshops. Find your nearest.
  • Promoter: Book Tokens Ltd, 6 Bell Yard, London, WC2A 2JR.
  • Due to the public health crisis (Covid-19), prizes may be delayed in being dispatched to winners; there may be a delay in contacting winners; there may be unavoidable issues that mean the Promoter needs to amend the specification of the prize or offer an alternative prize.


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