Help! I'm a Classroom Gambler by Pete Johnson

Help! I'm a Classroom Gambler

Written by Pete Johnson

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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! How often will the Head blow his nose? Count the number of times the supply teacher twitches. And, do it all without the teachers getting suspicious. It’s a great craze but it could go seriously wrong.


Help! I'm a Classroom Gambler by Pete Johnson

Harvey thinks school is the most boring place on earth. He and his fellow gamblers start to bet on how many times the supply teacher will give a nervous twitch, how often the Head will blow his nose and lots of other possible outcomes. All of a sudden, school is fun, but then the craze starts to spread and he realises it's getting out of control.

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A hilarious school story with lots of laughs and a meaty message The School Librarian Help! I'm a Classroom Gambler displays Pete Johnson's characteristic wit and strong-hold over capturing both the politics and demotic of the classroom ... The constituent parts of this novel make for a real romp of a read that will leave readers ravenous for more by Pete Johnson -- Jacob Hope Achuka Wonderfully subversive ... Johnson's own experience as a teacher gives this story of classroom mayhem an extra edge ... Really funny, clever, exciting and completely draws the reader in Supernanny Every pre-teen knows that school can be a bit of a bore and Pete Johnson exploits this to the full with a brillant look at what pupils get up to right under teacher's nose - and how they can make amends when it all goes too far Eastern Daily Press

About the Author

Pete Johnson

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.'

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208 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Random House Children's Books

Publication date

6th April 2006




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