"Pete Johnson’s skilfully written dialogue takes us into ‘Traitor’ on the first page and gives the book a strong sense of immediacy and truth. There is real menace here, and the accessible story offers food for thought – not easy answers" The Bookseller
THE AWARD WINNINGCOMEDY ABOUT A NERD BOY AND A TROUBLEMAKER . . .
TRUST ME, I’M A TROUBLEMAKER
‘Take one troublesome girl, Miranda Jones and a perfect pupil called Archie Swift – and as well as fireworks, you have another hilarious read by gifted writer, Pete Johnson.’ Cindy Shanks, Humanities 360.com
THE AWARD WINNINGGHOST STORY . . .
THE GHOST DOG
‘A haunting and captivating read which will keep you hooked to the end.’ Book Trust
‘A very spooky story – and a compulsive read.’ School Library Association
THE COMEDY WHICH IS ‘REFRESHINGLY DIFFERENT FROM WIMPY KID AND
JAMES PATTERSON’S MIDDLE SCHOOL.’ (Amazon review)
DIARY OF AN (UN)TEENAGER
’Short, quick and funny. Whatever your age, READ IT, IT’S FUN.’ The other Jay, ‘Jay’ Amazon
THE FAMOUS SPOOKY BOOK WITH THE UNGUESSABLE ENDING . . .
EYES OF THE ALIEN
‘A superb tale expertly told by an author who never fails to deliver stories that go beyond the supernatural and into the true heart and soul of what it’s like to be a child today. This title cannot be recommended enough.’ Jonathan Weir, Amazon
‘The plot had me hooked from the first chapter. The story kept catching me off guard, especially the ending.’ Glasgow Herald
Pete enjoying himself at a visit to Brooke Weston College, Corby, Northants. Visit arranged by the great Liz Billett, Team Librarian, in conjunction with Corby Learning Partnership. Photo courtesy www.heppdesigns.com
CHILDREN SHORT LIST
‘MY PARENTS ARE OUT OF CONTROL’
FOR ‘OUR BEST BOOK AWARD’
‘MY PARENTS ARE OUT OF CONTROL’ is one of five titles picked by children for 2015 ‘OUR BEST BOOK AWARD.’
Pete says, ‘This award, co-ordinated by the brilliant Leicester Libraries always makes a huge impact. I know how avidly children have been reading the books on the long list. I’m so chuffed they’ve chosen, ‘MY PARENTS ARE OUT OF CONTROL’ for their shortlist.’
‘MY PARENTS ARE OUT OF CONTROL’ has been picked for more shortlists and Best of the Year selections than any other book Pete has written.
‘A HUGE THANK YOU,’ says Pete ‘to Nottingham High School for staging their brilliant BOOK SLAM event recently. I had a super time talking to pupils from five local schools and how wonderful that every pupil left with a signed copy of ‘MY PARENTS ARE OUT OF CONTROL.’
PETE JOHNSON, recently hailed as 'a legendary children's author,' (Dulwich Prep School) and 'one of the top humorous writers for children and teenagers today,' (Sheffield School Library Service) is a multi-award winning author, whose books are international best-sellers with, 'HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS' now translated into twenty-four languages.
Pete is a popular and much requested visitor to schools and libraries. He also speaks regularly at conferences. Pete feels especially strongly about the importance of Reading for Pleasure and has spoken about this recently at Reading University and the NUT Conference in Grantham.
CLICK HERE … IF YOU WOULD LIKE PETE TO VISIT YOUR SCHOOL OR LIBRARY.
‘READ FOR MY SCHOOL’IS BACK FOR 2015
‘HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS,’ ONE OF THE ONLINE BOOKS THAT CAN BE ACCESSED FREELY FOR TWO MONTHS.
‘Read for My School’ is a completely free reading competition, open to pupils in Primary (Years 3-6) and Secondary Schools (Years 7-8) across England. The fantastic target is for over one million books to be read by pupils between 19th January and 20th March.
‘Read for My School,’ offers a shortlist of ‘the best fiction and non fiction,’ in eight different categories. These books can be accessed freely by every child in the participating schools, either when they’re at school or at home.
‘HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS’ is in the Humour LAUGH OUT LOUD category, which in the past has proved to be the most popular category of all.
PETE says: ‘Read for My School.’ is fun and exciting. It inspires you to read as much as you can and find your own special books and authors. Brilliant!
‘The books I discovered when I was at school remain friends now. Only last Christmas I re-read ‘When Marnie Was There,’ by Joan G Robinson. And do you know what, it was even better than I remembered.
I shall be visiting many schools and libraries over the next months, so do let me know which books you’re reading for ‘READ FOR MY SCHOOL 2015.’
‘Everyone here is so anxious and nervous, kind of damped down all the time. It’s as if this school’s sucked all the fun out of them. Well, it’d better not try and do the same to me.’ Soon Louis is in massive trouble at school – and at home ...
‘A great book. I like the storyline and the plot. I would recommend it to anyone who likes reading funny books.’ Guy Pender, Amazon
‘In 12 year old Louis, Pete Johnson has created a boy who makes you laugh out loud.’ Sunday Times
‘This book is really comic and made me laugh for ages. All ages and all comedy lovers will find ‘HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS’ addictive.’ Five Stars, Amazon review
‘A great read, so I would recommend it to everyone. Really funny.’ Good Reads
‘It should be compulsory reading for parents as well as children.’ The Bookseller
‘Written with humour and plenty of attitude. This witty book firmly puts the power in the hands of the children.’ Junior
‘Children who read it will chortle away, feel better about themselves and have lots of jokes to tell.’ Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times
(In answer to a number of questions, the superb covers for ‘HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS’ and ‘MY PARENTS ARE OUT OF CONTROL’ are designed by NIKALAS CATLOW)
MY PARENTS ARE OUT OF CONTROL
‘I HAVE THIS VERY RARE MEDICAL CONDITION. I’M ALLERGIC TO HOMEWORK.’
‘We had a big history test last week – I got 4%. Looking on the bright side, that’s better than 3%. Not to mention 2%. And I could really look down on anyone who got 1%. Only no one did. I got the lowest. Felt a right melon.’
That’s just the beginning of Louis’s problems at his new school … but it doesn’t matter because Louis is going to be discovered soon as a comedian! Or is he . . .?
‘A really good book – funny and exciting on every page. It’s absolutely the funniest book I have ever read. It is absolutely hilarious and I would recommend it to absolutely everyone.’ Amazon review
‘This is a not to be missed novel with wickedly sharp, perfectly timed comic writing.’ Droplets of Ink
‘It was so funny I nearly cried with laughter.’ Jasmine Year Six, Discovery Book Club, Waterstones website
‘It had me laughing out loud on every other page.’ Wondrous Reads
‘A brilliant look at family life today. A hilarious story which will appeal; to boys and girls alike.’ Parents in Touch
‘You really care about the characters and want to know how Louis’s adventures will pan out – while you laugh your socks off at the same time.’ Book Trust
HELP! I’M A CLASSROOM GAMBLER
WINNER OF TWO TOP PRIZES.
‘All I did at break time was turn into a gorilla. And you can’t tell me that’s against the school rules because it isn’t.’
Harvey and his mate Gerry set each other dares at school – just to liven things up. But then Harvey makes a truly incredible discovery. He has found a secret way to stop school ever being boring again.
‘I’ve just had the best lesson of my entire life. Sends a tingle down my spine just thinking about it.’
But soon other pupils want to join in the game – and Harvey finds his genius idea has got totally out of control . . .
‘This book is just brilliant. It is really funny, clever and exciting and completely draws the reader in.’ Jack Wilson, aged 11
‘A fantastic break from all the fantasy and angsty books I usually read.’ Megha, Good Reads
LISTEN TO A GOOD BOOK
‘Our family listened to the middle-grade book, ‘HELP I’M A CLASSROOM GAMBLER,’ by Pete Johnson on a recent trip. It had everyone from children to adults LAUGHING OUT LOUD all the way from Utah to Arizona.’ Kristen Landon, The Limit
‘HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS’ ON THE BOOK LIBRARY – THE MIKA CHANNEL
Watch now a BRILLIANT AND BRILLIANTLY FUNNY discussion of ‘HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS’ with a MOVIE TRAILER and GUEST STARS . . .
‘THE VAMPIRE BEWITCHED’ IS
SHORTLISTED FOR A TOP PRIZE
‘THE VAMPIRE BEWTICHED’ is one of just five books short-listed for this year’s ‘RIVETING READS’ Award. ‘This is particularly exciting,’ says Pete, ‘as the top five titles – and the eventual winner – will be chosen entirely by children. It really is the Children’s Award. So I am thrilled they have liked THE VAMPIRE BEWITCHED so much.’
‘THE VAMPIRE BEWITCHED’ is the fourth and final book in Pete’s spooky but funny Vampire quartet, which is about a highly reluctant half-vampire, Marcus and No.1 horror fan, Tallulah. Each book is complete in itself, though many readers have collected all four titles. ‘The Vampire Bewitched,’ has one of Pete’s most mysterious opening lines: ‘Someone is about to disappear. Me. By the time you read this I will have vanished…’
The Award Ceremony will be held in Wakefield on June 11th.
‘The Vampire Bewitched has just the right touch to send a shiver down the spine and is perfectly judged for children … It’s funny with plenty of adventure and suspense.’ PARENTS IN TOUCH
TRAITOR Thriller When a gang terrorises a village, what can you do but fight back. But who exactly can you trust …?
‘I think TRAITOR was amazing. It really showed what keeping quiet about bullying can lead to. This is a brilliant book and I would give it 10/10.’
Lisa, Bedfordshire Library Review
TRUST ME I’M A TROUBLEMAKER Award winning comedy Archie is a boffin who reminds teachers about homework and always carries an umbrella and a newspaper. The other pupils hate him and Archie doesn’t know why. But then Miranda – the biggest troublemaker in the whole school decides to reform him …
‘A very inspirational story and a great message about embracing what is special about you regardless of academic achievement as well as being very funny.’ FIVE STARS.
Grainne Cavanagh, AMAZON Review
Award winning tale of a boy who finds the whole whole has turned against him – and his only friend is his granddad. A ghost.
‘Starting the day in tears is not usually a good thing, but when it’s because a book has made you feel, I think it’s understandable. Great book, with some hard lessons learnt about friendship, love and loss. Five Stars.’ Bev, Great Reads
THE FRIGHTENERS Horror When Chloe starts at a new school no one wants to be her friend except Aidan, because he can call up horrifying monstrous creatures called The Frigheners.
A gripping tale of friendship, revenge and imagination that has the power to make the unreal become real.
‘The Frighteners was AWESOME … I think they should turn it into a movie. FIVE STARS.’
Aaron, Amazon review
PRAISE FOR THE (UN)TEENAGER
‘I really just want to express my delight at how ‘The Diary of an (Un)Teenager’ never fails to capture the imagination of even the most disengaged, struggling readers. I work at the most wonderful secondary school on the Wirral.
‘I always start with the ‘(Un)Teenager’ for my Year 7’s first book. I thought once again how engaged ALL the boys were when reading and discussing the opening chapters … your books enable pupils to read for pleasure. For most, this is either a new or forgotten concept.’ Julie Wood, Learner Support, Woodchurch High School
Pete says: ‘It’s wonderful and inspiring to hear how teachers like Julie Wood are using my books. They really bring my stories alive. A HUGE THANK YOU.’
‘FAKING IT’ Behind the story
‘Faking It’ is Pete’s best-loved teen book. A comedy and love story back in print for the first time in several years. But how did Pete get the idea for ‘Faking It’?
Pete says, ‘At the age of fifteen I was still going on holiday with my family. I was highly embarrassed about that. So to raise my credibility I made up a girlfriend. I pretended I’d met her on the beach one night. It was love at first sight and we quickly became inseparable. I invented fourteen days of activities for us. And I talked about her so much she really did become real to me. One day, I thought, I shall meet someone just like her. Well, I still haven’t yet! But she was certainly the inspiration for Hannah in ‘Faking It.’ And it gave me the idea of Will, who thinks making up the perfect girlfriend will solve all his problems. That’s when the fun really starts, of course...’
‘Faking It is wickedly funny.’ MAIL ON SUNDAY
‘Pete Johnson is a very funny writer.’ THE SUNDAY TIMES