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TRAITOR
BOOK CLUB
NOTES

NEW – Following many requests BOOK CLUB NOTES NOW AVAILABLE ON PETE’S ANTI-BULLYING CLASSIC
‘TRAITOR’
CLICK HERE …

"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

Click here to read more about this book which many regard as one of Pete's best and most important.

 
 
READING GROUP NOTES

Click the cover above for the Reading Group Notes on 'My Parents are Out of Control'
 

 

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS

What happens when you’re suffering from ‘parent fatigue?'

‘Wickedly funny.’
Mail on Sunday

‘A tale which makes you laugh out loud.’
Sunday Times

A Pete Johnson must-read. Find out more …

 

 

 

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RESCUING DAD

"A Pete Johnson Classic"

"Children are often the victims when a marriage falters or fails and in RESCUING DAD Pete Johnson illuminates this distressing reality with the perceptive humour which is his trademark.

"Hilarious, thought-provoking and shot through with a strong bolt of reality."
Val Randal, Books for Keeps

Click here to read more about this book which is one of Pete’s special favourites.

 
 

FOUR HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
PETE JOHNSON BOOKS . . .

 
THE AWARD WINNING COMEDY 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 WINNING GHOST 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.’

FIND OUT MORE NOW ABOUT ‘READ FOR MY SCHOOL 2015’ on www.booktrust.org.uk

SCHOOLS TWEET ABOUT ‘BOOKS FOR MY SCHOOL’

'Pete Johnson and his brilliant book, ‘How to Train Your Parents’ are part of our FREE online library.'
CLASS 6GW tweeting about the things that interest us.
Merrydale Primary School, Leicester



 

ENFIELD LIBRARIES release their lists of the TOP ISSUED BOOKS for 2014.

And ‘MY PARENTS ARE OUT OF CONTROL’ is one of their TOP TEN MOST ISSUED CHILDREN’S FICTION BOOKS. Other authors on the list include Philip Reeve, James Patterson and Kes Gray.

 

BEAT THE BACK TO SCHOOL BLUES WITH A JOKE

 PARENT: "What did you learn at school today?" star

 PUPIL: "Not enough. I have to go back tomorrow." 

AND BY READING PETE’S THREE FUNNIEST SCHOOL STORIES

 
 HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS


‘I THINK I’VE ARRIVED SOMEWHERE WEIRD – SWOTSVILLE.’

‘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 . . .?

printable notes‘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

printable notes‘This is a not to be missed novel with wickedly sharp, perfectly timed comic writing.’
Droplets of Ink

printable notes‘It was so funny I nearly cried with laughter.’
Jasmine Year Six, Discovery Book Club, Waterstones website

printable notes‘It had me laughing out loud on every other page.’
Wondrous Reads

printable notes‘A brilliant look at family life today. A hilarious story which will appeal; to boys and girls alike.’ 
Parents in Touch

printable notes‘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 . . .

No, honestly. DON’T MISS THIS! Click here . . .

 
  ‘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

 
. . . . . . . . . . . BOOKS TO INSPIRE YOU . . . . . . . . . . .

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

AVENGER
Thriller

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.’

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‘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

CLICK HERE . . . to read more about ‘Faking It.’

 

IT’S BACK!
‘PHANTOM FEAR’

Two highly acclaimed horror stories: ‘MY FRIEND’S A WEREWOLF,’ and ‘PHANTOM THIEF’

‘Can’t describe ‘PHANTOM FEAR’ in words. ‘Just great.’ Amazon Review

to read more about this bumper horror book.

 

The Ghost DogTHE CHICKEN AND FROG BOOKSHOP
give their verdict on ‘THE GHOST DOG.’ 

Click the cover to read more . . .

 



PETE AT FLAMSTEAD
AFTER LAUNCHING
THEIR FIRST EVER FESTIVAL

Pete says: "I was thrilled and honoured to be asked to launch something so brilliant. I know this is going to be one of the famous festivals of the future."


WATCHING FILMS WITH MY DAD…

CLICK HERE . . . to read Pete’s latest blog.



READING FOR PLEASURE – AND ME

 to read Pete’s latest blog.

 

ST ALBANS LITERARY FESTIVAL

‘Years Five and Six were invited to a lovely morning with Pete Johnson, the best-selling author with his prize-winning books. ‘The Ghost Dog’ and ‘How to Train Your Parents.’

to read the full review of Pete’s recent visit to St Peter’s School, St Albans, Herts.



‘DOESN’T PETE JOHNSON ROCK? – HE IS A REALLY FUNNY WRITER AND HAS MADE SOME OF MY FAVOURITE BOOKS EVER.’ Forum The Chaos Theatre. CLICK HERE FOR SIX PETE JOHNSON BOOKS TO MAKE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD.

Pete’s all-time favourite children’s book is ‘101 Dalmatians’ by Dodie Smith, so he is delighted to have his picture taken at The Spotted Dog in Flamstead.