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Believathon III

Deep in the Deepwoods in the Land of Make-Believathon lies a Manor. Inside this Manor, a mystery has begun. A precious spellbook, the Maleficarum, has been stolen from a safe chamber, and if it isn’t returned to its podium by the end of November, the most dangerous magic in the world will be unleashed. Can you solve the mystery?

Believathon III: The Mystery of the Missing Maleficarum will run from November 1st to November 30th, 2020. Use the prompts to navigate your way through a manor and its grounds filled with clues to solve the mystery of who stole the Maleficarum. 

There will be 13 possible clues to collect from 13 completed reading prompts. The villain will be unmasked on the last day of Believathon. There will be a minimum of ONE completed prompt for Believathon, with no maximum limit.

Use the hashtag #Believathon on YouTube, Twitter and Instagram to participate, and fill in the form every time you complete a book. Be sure to follow the official Twitter and Instagram to join in, as well as the host’s YouTube to follow along with the readathon!

Can you navigate the Manor and collect the clues?

Completed a reading challenge? Fill in this form, or if you’re a teacher or a school faculty member, fill in this form!

Here you will find links to free downloads, as well as merchandise you can also buy for this readathon.


Join in the discussion and meet other people joining in on Believathon by joining the Discord Server, the Middle Grade Emporium! It’s free to join and you can discuss all things Believathon, middle grade and more! Simply click here to be taken to the Discord.


The perfect companion to your Believathon journey is the Believathon III compendium! This 65-page compendium has everything you need to know on how to participate in this round of the readathon. With a choose-your-own-adventure style story, follow the clues and complete the reading challenges. This compendium is also filled with recommendations, featured author spotlights, journal-style pages to fill in, and more. You can purchase your copy on any Amazon site worldwide, or the ones linked just below:

UK | USA | CA | DE | FR | ES | IT | JP

You can also download the complete FREE version here, as well as a shortened worksheet version perfect for schools.


For the second year running, Grace and Honey have made exclusive candles for Believathon to fit in with the mystery theme. 221B Baker Street is a candle that is sure to put you in the mood to solve a mystery! With the scents of honey, tobacco and amber, it really does smell like you’re in the office of Sherlock Holmes! For the Crime and Punish-ment candle, indulge in a mint, vanilla and dark chocolate scent, perfect for a cosy reading night in. You can also buy the Believathon Duo so you can get both!

You can buy the candles by visiting the Grace and Honey website, or by clicking here.


You can buy mugs and travel mugs based on Believathon and Believathon 3 at the Tale and Taylor online store. Alternatively, you can head straight to the Believathon category by clicking this link.

Please find some of the frequently asked questions below, but if you have any further questions, do let me know by tweeting me at Believathon!

Q. What is Believathon?

A. Believathon is a readathon dedicated to reading and celebrating children’s literature. It is hosted by How to Train Your Gavin on YouTube, and the official Believathon accounts on Twitter and Instagram. There are reading prompts that you can pick books for and a form to fill in once you have finished a book. Everyone who enters is in for a chance to win some exciting prizes for giveaways. It’s also just a great excuse to read middle grade.

Q: I haven’t participated in Believathon 1 or Believathon 2. Can I participate in Believathon 3?

A: Absolutely – you do not need to have taken part in the first two rounds of Believathon. Everyone is more than welcome to join!

Q: Do I have to read children’s books for Believathon?

A: Yes. It has to be children’s (so from picture books all the way up to middle grade). There are dozens upon dozens of readathons for YA and Adult books, but very few for specifically children’s books and middle grade. I made Believathon to help celebrate middle grade and the authors who write them, so it’s a strictly middle grade readathon. Anything that is YA (like The Hunger Games or The Lunar Chronicles) is not middle grade and won’t count towards Believathon.

Q: I’m unsure whether a certain book is middle grade or YA. How do I know?

A: You can tweet @Believathon and I will be more than happy to help. If I’m unsure, I’ll retweet and I’m sure lots of people will have the answer for you.

Q: I won’t be able to participate during November. Can I take part in a different month?

A: You can do Believathon 3 whenever you’d like! The official run dates from November 1st to November 30th are the dates where I will be hosting the readathon on YouTube, Twitter and Instagram with interactive elements. It’s also when I’ll be doing an official tally of submitted reads so that I can do giveaways. But if you want to do this readathon in your own time, then you absolutely can. I have designed the rounds of Believathon to make reading middle grade books fun and interactive, so you could even do Believathon 2 during November if you wanted, it’s entirely up to you.

Q. Can I read the same book for more than one prompt?

A: Yes, you can double up on the prompts if you’d like. You will still be able to collect 2+ clues for 1 book if you’re doubling up.

Q. Do the books have to be mysteries?

A: Believathon 3 is mystery-themed but you do not have to read all mysteries. Even the first prompt to read a mystery can be interpreted differently. As long as you read a book with some form of mystery element in it, then it will count for that prompt. But you are more than welcome to read any genre you like.

Q: How many books do I have to read for Believathon 3? Is there a minimum?

A: The minimum book to read for Believathon 3 is one. As long as you finish one book, and gain one clue, then you’ve participated, but the more clues you gain, the more fun it is for you! It depends on how much time you can dedicate to Believathon in November, or if you want to do Believathon 3 any other time, then you can.

Q: I want to help with Believathon. How can I help?

A: I appreciate every single person who wants to give me a hand with Believathon and I always get messages with offers from kind people. The best way to help me with Believathon is by spreading the word about it, following the Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtags, and supporting the people who are taking part. If someone has a question or is seeking a recommendation, I always retweet just in case someone can give better suggestions. Answering other people’s questions about middle grade is always helpful. I am always looking for suggestions on how to make this more fun or to further develop Believathon, so you can e-mail me at if you have any suggestions.

Q: I’ve completed all the prompts but there’s still time left during Believathon III. Can I read more?

A: Absolutely, when you fill in the form, just choose the prompt option the book most likely fits. The goal of the readathon is to get as many children’s books read as possible, so if you can read even more, then that’s fantastic! 


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