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Pete Johnson - Author

When Pete Johnson was ten, he wrote a fan letter to Dodie Smith – author of The Hundred and One Dalmatians. She wrote back to him and the two began exchanging letters. “She was the first person to encourage me to become a writer,” says Pete, who began sending stories to publishers at the age of eleven.

Born in Winchester, Pete studied English at Birmingham University and went on to try a variety of jobs before teaching English and Drama at a secondary school in Buckinghamshire. It was there that he wrote his first novel for teenagers which became an immediate hit. He was a film critic for Radio One before becoming a full time writer.

Pete's novels have achieved global success and he is now published in 24 translations. He has visited Europe to meet his readers as well as schools and libraries all over the UK. Pete inspires a special loyalty among his readers.

Pete says: 'one of the best things an author can do is show the reader he, or she, is not on their own.'

Featured Books, with extracts, by Pete Johnson

How to Update Your Parents
Pete Johnson - illustrated by Nikalas Catlow
This is a hilarious story of dead fish, gorillas with bananas in their ears, poetry, cunning plans and highly legal documents (kind of). Oh and iPads, iPhones and vlogging of course. I'm sitting at home chortling away at How To...
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Format: Paperback | Released 16/06/2016
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Mate Match
Pete Johnson - illustrated by Jen Collins
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7 - In a Nutshell: love and laughs This witty comedy of modern manners will have young people snorting with laughter and quite possibly squirming with embarrassed recognition too. Poor Joe just can't seem to...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2016
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Diary of an (Un)teenager
Pete Johnson
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+. Spencer is determined that he'll stay exactly as he is when he turns 13. As he tells his diary, he wants nothing to do with the clothes, kit and attitudes that other teenagers adopt....
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/11/2015
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Return of the (Un)Teenager
Pete Johnson
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ Hilarious sequel to Diary of an (Un)teenager, from the author of the best-selling How to Train Your Parents. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+ Barrington Stoke is the foremost publisher...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/11/2015
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My Parents are Driving Me Crazy
Pete Johnson
The ups and downs of would-be comic Louis's life make for highly amusing reading. Ups include first date with his friend/comedy agent Maddy, and forth-coming appearance on a TV talent show; downs are school, Mr Beach in particular, and Dad,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2015
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Hero
Pete Johnson - illustrated by Jen Collins
A humorous and perceptive tale exploring teen life. Luke defends his sister and ends up challenging the hardest boy in school to a fight! Will he survive the showdown? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+ Barrington...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Six Hours
Pete Johnson - illustrated by Jen Collins
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7+ Pete Johnson brilliantly captures a moment in two teenagers lives as he gets under the skin of what the pressures they are under. ‘Just Chill' – Lara's motto propels Dominic on a wonderful six...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2014
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My Parents are Out of Control
Pete Johnson
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 Out of the blue, Louis's parents ask for tips on being cool. At first Louis is amused and teaches his parents how to use lingo like ‘wicked' and ‘sick,' – until one...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/06/2013
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Awesome
Pete Johnson - illustrated by Jen Collins
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7 Ben hates being a new boy. Even with a new hair cut and contact lenses instead of his usual glasses, he feels like a misfit. Until the girls start noticing him! Ben seems to...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2013
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The Vampire Fighters (The Vampire series Book 3)
Pete Johnson
Marcus, Tallulah and Gracie are back in this final fast-paced, fun and frightening story in award-winning Pete Johnson's vampire series, following on from The Vampire Blog and The Vampire Hunters. The Vampire Fighters is the third installment in award-winning Pete Johnson's vampire series,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2012
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The Vampire Hunters (The Vampire series Book 2)
Pete Johnson
This is a new novel from award-winning author Pete Johnson that taps into the very current interest in vampires - done with Pete's humorous, accessible touch. Click here for book 1 in the series, The Vampire Blog. Click...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2011
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Return of the (un)Teenager
Pete Johnson
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. Hilarious and much requested follow-up to the award-winning bestseller Diary of an (Un)Teenager. Perfect for reluctant or struggling teen readers as it's short, action packed with a real page-turning quality about it. To...
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Format: Paperback | Released 20/01/2011
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Spook School: Revenge of the Stink-Monster
Pete Johnson - illustrated by Tom Percival
Welcome to Spook School...where the pupils have bags of spirit! It's exam time at Spook School, and Charlie and Lewis's last exam is their toughest: they have to solve a baffling and very spooky mystery on Earth - in just...
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Format: Paperback | Released 31/08/2010
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The Vampire Blog (The Vampire series Book 1)
Pete Johnson
On his thirteenth birthday, Marcus Howlett is faced with a bombshell. His parents are half-vampire. And, although he hates the thought of it, he is about to become one too. But, as he secretly blogs about the horrors of his...
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Format: Paperback | Released 27/05/2010
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Spook School: Horror from the Deep
Pete Johnson - illustrated by Tom Percival
In this, the third spook school, Charlie and Lewis have been so successful in their Spook Squad assignments that it's earned them a holiday on Earth but when they get there they find themselves on the trail of a very...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2010
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Spook School: Curse of the Rat-beast
Pete Johnson - illustrated by Tom Percival
In this the second in the series Charlie loves being a spook but his latest mission is his most baffling too because he must work out what a giant rat that's haunting boys down on Earth is really up to....
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/09/2009
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Spook School: Lair of the Mothman
Pete Johnson - illustrated by Tom Percival
A fantastically humorous series from a widely admired children's author who really knows how to get readers hooked on reading. With black and white illustrations throughout the series can't fail to inspire. Dare you join Charlie and his friend Lewis...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/09/2009
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Bug Brother
Pete Johnson
Can Jamie deal with the trials of his annoying younger brother Harry? Harry's younger but taller and seems to take delight in tormenting his older brother… But Jamie has a plan. Making a wish on his amazing cape, he turns...
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Format: Paperback | Released 24/04/2009
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The Bad Spy's Guide
Pete Johnson
This book definitely gets into the category of 'books you can't put down' and has therefore rightly been chosen as one of the Blue Peter Book Award 'Books I couldn't put down' 2007. It's a thriller but it's also full...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2007
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Help! I'm a Classroom Gambler
Pete Johnson
School is possibly the most boring place on earth – or so Harvey thinks until he comes up with an original way of spicing things up. With bets running during lessons things certainly can be fun. Too much fun sometimes!...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2006
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