Adventure book for children treasure hunt Cambridge days out


Your classroom could become a portal into the secret world of The Hidden Tales!

Starting in October 2020



We are delighted to announce that Mark Wells is offering free virtual author visits for Cambridgeshire schools affected by the Covid restrictions.


Mark has already led some hugely successful virtual workshops bringing his  interactive adventure book The Hidden Tales to life, developing literacy and code breaking skills. Feedback from teachers has been fantastic: 

I would definitely recommend the lessons and the virtual author visit to other schools.

Miss Oraki (Year 4 Teacher)

I would highly recommend the Hidden Tales to any other school as a great way of getting children interested in their local community as well as reinforcing their cultural capital of their local area. Mr Turner (Year 5 Teacher)


The children really enjoyed exploring the start of the story; cracking the code was their favourite challenge. The resources were also very useful and were accessible by all children regardless of ability. This has been a great project to be part of. Miss Crawley (Year 6 Teacher)

We also have a very special schools offer on the Hidden Tales books.

Normally £15, they will be available to students for £10, signed by the author. And for every 12 books, the school receives one free!

PLEASE NOTE: availability of the workshop is limited so if you are interested in booking do get in touch with us HERE or email


To find out more information about all our schools resources and to sign up to receive your Free Schools Pack see below. 



Riddle of the White Sphinx is the first book in the Hidden Tales, a series of illustrated novels for children funded by the Arts Council, where readers follow in the footsteps of the characters to solve clues, decipher codes and discover a secret artefact hidden somewhere in their city.

"The Da Vinci Code for Children"

Headteacher from The Bishop's Academy, Thetford



The Hidden Tales Team, in collaboration with the Arts Council of England, has created a fun literacy project for Years 4, 5 & 6  based on the new Cambridge interactive adventure book, Riddle of the White Sphinx. It includes a Schools Pack filled with adaptable resources for teachers as well as treasure trails through seven of the Cambridge museums. Available to download and free for schools, the lesson plans can easily slot into the curriculum at any point during the academic year.

The School Packs were trialed in the Summer term of 2019 by nearly 40 Cambridgeshire schools and we received some wonderful feedback from the teachers involved:

"Our children absolutely loved completing the first lesson based on 'The Hidden Tale of the White Sphinx'; it sparked wonderful conversations and really captured the children's imagination." 

"The children loved it. Charlie said it was the “best day of his life”. He is a non-reader whose parents are now reading the book with him! Just WOW! The kids are buzzing about it today."

"The children were very excited to read a book which was directly linked to their city.  Even the children who can be hard to reach were excited to read about the places they see locally."


Designed by primary school teachers to be adaptable, it can work for a two-lesson stand-alone unit or be developed into a 2+ week module that can pick up on existing curriculum subject areas.  


The Schools Pack includes:

  • Teaching resources developed with local primary school

  • Hidden Tales-themed visits to all seven Cambridge museums with a trail & quiz  (request a password from to download) 


Teaching resources include:

  • the first chapter, illustration and secret code

  • adaptable lesson plans

  • pupil worksheets, exercises & prompt cards

  • follow-on lesson ideas

If you are looking for an exciting literacy project suitable for Years 4, 5 or 6     that develops problem solving, collaborative learning, art and cultural appreciation and a growth mindset, then sign up for the

Hidden Tales Schools Pack HERE

To request an author visit from Mark Wells or for general enquiries please contact:





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Mark giving virtual author talk