Moving to a new area and a new school, Louis is horrified to discover his parents changing into ultra-competitive parents, wanting him and his younger brother to get straight As at school and join all sorts of after-school clubs and activities like the other kids in the area. Suddenly Louis's life is no longer his own - until he meets Maddy, who claims to have trained her parents to ignore her- But does Louis really want to be ignored? A truly contemporary tale with characters kids will recognize instantly!
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There is a moral here for any parent who frets about a child's progress at school . . . Children who read it won't be turned into hostile monsters; they'll chortle away, feel better about themselves and have a lot of jokes to tell you - The Sunday Times
Johnson's comic romp through a miserable school year in the life of almost 13-year-old Louis touches all the real bases of adolescent boys' lives: girls, parents, TV, comedy - TES
Johnson addresses big issues in a frank manner and with a light touch resulting in a book that both children and parents should read - Junior Education
Written with humour and plenty of attitude, this witty book firmly puts the power in the hands of the children - Junior
PETE JOHNSON began work as a film critic for Radio One, then became a teacher. His experiences in the classroom led to his beginning to write and he still keeps contact with a panel of young readers to gain the viewpoint of the actual reader as he writes new titles. He is the author of several titles for the Corgi Yearling list.
** 'Pete Johnson certainly keeps the reader's eye whizzing down the lines with a compulsive readability' JUNIOR BOOKSHELF ** 'Pete Johnson has proved himself time and time again to be an author of exceptional talents' THE SCHOOL LIBRARIAN 'Pete Johnson is a master storyteller of hair-raising ghost stories... readers will love the experience but ultimately they will also learn about themselves and their world' THE BOOKSELLER