KS2 RESOURCE PACK: The Good Turn by Sharna Jackson

About the book:

A sharp, funny middle grade adventure with themes of real-life activism and how to help others for fans of The Goonies and The London Eye Mystery.

Josephine Williams is a future-focused, internet-loving eleven-year-old who is desperate to explore the world beyond her cul-de-sac – and her browser.

When she learns about Josephine Holloway – a woman who started the first Girl Scout Troop for Black girls in America – she’s certain she must start her own.

Enlisting her friends Margot Anderson and Wesley Evans, the trio begin their quest for their Camping Badge. Drawn to an abandoned factory nearby, they stumble across something strange. A square, ancient television and two tatty armchairs. Beside it, a wooden sideboard with an old photograph of a young, happy couple.

What is this? Who, or what, lives here – and why?


Teacher reviews for The Good Turn:

The Good turn is yet another realistic and relevant book from Sharna Jackson, offering an opportunity for pupils to see themselves reflected in the literature they read.”

The book tackles issues such as racism and immigration in a sensitive way. I’m sure the children in my class will love this book as much as they loved High Rise Mystery.”

This is a brilliant book for year 5/6 with a great sense of adventure, friendship and standing up for what you believe in.”


This pack includes:

Activities exploring themes of community, family and home and inspirational people. This activity pack can be used to support Literacy, PSHE, History, English and Creative Writing.