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Joanna Nadin - Author

Currently a 2016 Carnegie Medal nominee for Joe All Alone, Joanna Nadin is a winner of the Fantastic Book Award, the Surrey Book Award, Blue Peter 'Book of the Month' and Radio 4 Open Book 'Book of the Year'. She has been shortlisted for the Booktrust Best Book Award and Queen of Teen, and Spies, Dad, Big Lauren and Me was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club. In 2011, Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Joanna previously worked as a policy writer for the Labour Party and a special adviser to the Prime Minister. She continues to freelance as a speechwriter and editor, and lectures in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

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White Lies, Black Dare
Joanna Nadin
Asha has big dreams. She wants to be the youngest ever Prime Minister and, when inspirational teacher Mr McCardle gives her his precious copy of S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders, she wants to write her own books. But Asha's life is...
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Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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Joe All Alone
Joanna Nadin
A heartwarming, humorous, issue novel for 10+ readers about a young boy left home alone.
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Penny Dreadful and the Horrible Hoo-hah
Joanna Nadin - illustrated by Jess Mikhail
More tales of mishap and misadventure from the incorrigible but hilarious Penny Dreadful. This is the 7th title in the Penny Dreadful series and includes three stories in one book. The first, Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/11/2013
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Penny Dreadful is Incredibly Contagious
Joanna Nadin - illustrated by Jess Mikhail
Laugh-out-loud with the delightful and aptly named Penny Dreadful! Every child who has felt that awful things just unexpectedly happen around them will love Penny and catastrophes that she just can't help! And none of them are her fault,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2013
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The Meaning of Life
Joanna Nadin
Laugh out loud funny from the first page, The Meaning of Life, will be devoured by teenagers and adults in equal measure just as the Diaries of Adrian Mole hit the spot for a different generation. A spot-on teenage voice...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/05/2013
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Penny Dreadful is a Record Breaker
Joanna Nadin - illustrated by Jess Mikhail
February 2013 Book of the Month Three lively stories for newly- confident readers matched by eye-catching illustrations are gathered up in this one volume. Of course, Dreadful is not Penny's real name but it fits her well, as these...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2013
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Penny Dreadful Cooks Up a Calamity (Penny Dreadful Book 4)
Joanna Nadin
Penny can't help but attract mischief, no matter where she goes. Follow Penny's disastrous misadventures in her fourth book, featuring more brilliantly funny stories coupled with some laugh out loud illustrations – Penny Dreadful is definitely a national treasure in...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2012
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Penny Dreadful Causes a Kerfuffle (Penny Dreadful Book 3)
Joanna Nadin - illustrated by Jess Mikhail
March 2012 Book of the Month. Wherever Penny goes chaos tends to ensue particularly when she tries to put all her 'brilliant ideas' into practice! With four great stories in this, the third of the Penny Dreadful titles there will...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2012
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Paradise
Joanna Nadin
When sixteen year old Billie Paradise inherits her grandmother's house, it's a fairytale come true. She and her family move from their rented flat in London to start a new life by the sea. Maybe Billie can even find the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2011
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Penny Dreadful is a Complete Catastrophe (Penny Dreadful Book 2)
Joanna Nadin - illustrated by Jess Mikhail
Side-splittingly funny stories for young girls who are reading confidently. Penny Dreadful (not her real name) creates havoc wherever she goes and whatever she does! She has some really brilliant ideas, the only trouble is, they often seem to go...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2011
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Buttercup Mash
Joanna Nadin
The sensational, laugh-out-loud new stand-alone novel from Joanna Nadin, author of the bestselling Rachel Riley novels. Perfect for 10+ readers it's written in diary form and it's the story of Buttercup who has to cope with an entirely dysfunctional family...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2011
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Double or Quits Rachel Riley's Year of (almost) Taking Control
Joanna Nadin
A fantastically fat and sparkly bind-up of two riotous Rachel Riley books ... Back to Life and The Facts of Life. You can also read a Rachel Riley blog - click here.
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2011
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Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster
Joanna Nadin
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011. A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. A bundle of awfulness! Penny Dreadful (not her real name) has an unfortunate habit of creating mayhem wherever she goes and whatever...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2011
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Spies, Dad, Big Lauren and Me
Joanna Nadin
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. Lovereading4kids comment: Billy Grimshaw thinks the world of his dad. He hasn't seen him for ages, but Billy knows he'll be home as soon as he can get away from...
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Format: Paperback | Released 23/12/2010
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Double Trouble Another Year in the (not So) Simple Life of Rachel Riley
Joanna Nadin
Genuinely laugh-out-loud funny from the first page, this double helping of Joanna Nadin's brilliant funny and immensely engaging protagonist Rachel Riley featuring The Meaning of Life and My (not so) simple Life, will be devoured by teenagers and adults in...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2010
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The Facts of Life
Joanna Nadin
In this, another brilliant installment of Rachel Riley's hilarious diaries, join her in her no-nonsense, fact-based approach to life. Just when she thought she had finally found her knight in shining skinny jeans i.e. the ONE, an accidental snog with...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/03/2010
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Back to Life
Joanna Nadin
More hilarious exploits from the angst ridden teen diarist Rachel Riley. Fans of Louise Rennison's character Georgia Nicolson will love this as will all those who have enjoyed the ups and down and ups again of Rachel's life to date....
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2009
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Wonderland
Joanna Nadin
Jude must get away. She has to ace her exams and an audition at a prestigious drama school or she'll never escape her small town life and follow her dream of becoming an actor. But then her best friend Stella...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/08/2009
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My Double Life
Joanna Nadin
A double edition of Rachel's first two diaries - My So-Called Life: A breath of fresh air in teen girls' fiction and one of the funniest things we've read in the Lovereading office this year. Tipped to be...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2009
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My (not so) Simple Life
Joanna Nadin
The further escapades of the engaging and immensely funny Rachel Riley - an Adrian Mole style character of today's teenage world. Written in diary style, this book has all the necessary hallmarks to be a real page-turner. Not just funny but genuinely...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2009
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The Meaning Of Life
Joanna Nadin
Laugh out loud funny from the first page, The Meaning of Life, will be devoured by teenagers and adults in equal measure just as the Diaries of Adrian Mole hit the spot for a different generation. A spot-on teenage voice...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/08/2008
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The Life of Riley
Joanna Nadin
The deepest desires and greatest fantasies of a teenager are hilariously recorded in this no-holds-barred diary. Can Rachel, the author of the diary, find the boy of her dreams? Her search will make parents and teenagers laugh out loud. This book is...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2008
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My So-Called Life
Joanna Nadin
A breath of fresh air in teen girls' fiction and one of the funniest things we've read in the Lovereading office this year. Tipped to be the Adrian Mole for today's teenage girls, My So-Called Life charts the side-splitting consequences...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2007
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