My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession
Written by J. A. Buckle
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The Lovereading4Kids comment
Josh Walker is a boy who likes a list. Top of his ‘things to do this year’ is: commence upper-body-related action with girlfriend Becky; form a band (death metal preferably); and get a tattoo. By the end of the book he’ll have achieved two of those – not bad going! This is J. A. Buckle’s second novel about Josh, and it’s that rare thing, a novel for younger teens that manages to be genuinely funny, a bit silly – there’s a wonderful cast of slightly eccentric but recognisable characters – but also full of reassurance about life and coping with the various things it might throw at readers, whether that’s lack of confidence, your parents’ marriage breaking down, or even your mum getting cancer. The important messages are skilfully and lightly done, and it had me laughing out loud more than once. ~ Andrea Reece
Jackie Buckle has teamed up with Young Minds, the charity for young people’s mental health, to donate a percentage of her royalties to the charity. Young Minds will support and promote publication of the book.
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Ben Evans, age 12 -I like the character as I can relate to him, it is one of the funniest books I have ever read!
Ronan McCarthy, age 14 -I enjoyed ‘My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession’. It was a light hearted story filled with laughter and awkwardness.
Sophia Ufton - This book was really funny! A great laugh and I felt as I was there having fun with them all!
Edel Waugh - Humourous and surprisingly touching at times , this book I recommend to all YA readers , there is something for everyone in this book.
Amelia White, age 15 - Ferrets rock! Lists change everything... I thought this book was really funny and a brilliant peek into the mind of a teenage boy
Jodie, age 14 - Rodborough School - Full of humour, life lessons and a completely great read.
Dylan Sweet - I like this book because it is quite funny in its own way and tells a story of a sixth former who cannot stop making lists of his life.
My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession by J. A. Buckle
16 year old Josh is starting 6th form college and is determined to form a band, get a lot closer with his girlfriend Bekcy and , hopefully, pass the odd A level. A few days in and he has already embarrassed himself in front of a class ... he'll need all the help his ferret, a little witchcraft and a lot of smoky bacon crisps can give.
My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession by Jackie Buckle is the sequel to the successful first instalment of metal-head Josh Walker’s diary, Half My Facebook Friends Are Ferrets, and it’s set to find a new readership of teenagers charmed by the book’s balance of wit and deeper issues. Buckle takes 16 year old Josh and his crowd of bloke mates to the next level, exploring the dynamics of a male pier group and the intensity of their formulating years. The group battle and deal with mental health issues like depression, anxiety and eating disorders, but Buckle’s light touch ensures the book retains its characteristic wit and charm. It’s not all about crisps, despite what the title may say – this time Josh Walker continues his rock ‘n’ roll dreams, but his mum won’t even let him grow his hair long, his friends are either geeks or nerds (they haven’t decided yet) and he’s had precisely zero Valentine’s Day cards. Will he ever live up to the cool, tough dad he’s never known?
Critical Acclaim for the author's debut, Half My Facebook Friends Are Ferrets:
“Half My Facebook Friends Are Ferrets is a little gem of a book that I’m glad I got the chance to read.” Wondrous Reads Blog
“An hilarious insight in to the mind of a teenage misfit.” Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4Kids
“…a really excellent find for the YA reader in your life. It’s a witty look at the world through Josh’s eyes, a narrator with more than a little in common with the great Adrian Mole…Top
read!” Stranger Than Fiction Blog
About the Author
Interest Age: From 12
J. A. Buckle
More books by J. A. Buckle
9th April 2015
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