Zed and the Cormorants: listen-along audiobook challenge

Here it is! Our first ever listen-along audiobook challenge.

Starting on Sunday 24 October, we’re inviting YA readers to listen to a section of the Zed and the Cormorants audiobook, every day for a week. Each day we will also release exclusive Zed-inspired creative activities – from word searches to author videos, book club questions to crafts.

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Day 1 – Sun 24 Oct: Listen to Chapters 1 – 4 (inclusive) of Zed and the Cormorants, then:

Day 2 – Mon 25 Oct: Listen to Chapters 5 – 11 (inclusive) of Zed and the Cormorants. While you are listening, pay particular attention to the descriptions of the cormorants.

“Zed watched it untuck its neck and raise itself up through an ‘S’ bend to form one almost straight line from yellow beak to glossy black tail. Then, with a little shudder, its wings unfolded and started to pulse: huge black wings with three layers of feathers, the bottom ones spreading out like a fan. And it was off too, raising itself vertically before flattening out and beating its way across the river. One long black wing angled down to the water, where with every stroke it seemed to brush its grainy reflection.”

“Its body was so sleek it looked like it had been painted in jet black oil, with a sheen of metallic purple or green, depending on the way the light fell when it twisted his head. Its eye was definitely green though, a shiny emerald bead.”

After listening:

Day 3 – Tues 26 Oct: Listen to Chapters 12- 16 (inclusive) of Zed and the Cormorants, then: 

  • Try baking a recipe from the book! Bread, buns, cakes and scones abound in Zed and the Cormorants as Zed’s dad tries to establish his own bakery. Here are some simple recipes to recreate similar treats to those mentioned in the book:

Cornish Saffron Buns

Easy Tomato and Olive Twists

Not-quite-Cornish Apple Cake

  • Pay attention to the conversations between Zed and Tamsin in these chapters of the book – particularly noticing how their dialogue is evolving from when they first met. Can you recall what you spoke about when you first met your best friend? Try and remember, or imagine, what the conversation might have been like and write a short dialogue scene.

You can download or purchase the Zed and the Cormorants audiobook from audible.

See the full schedule of listen-along activities here.

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