Reader Reviewed Radio Boy and the Revenge of Grandad by Christian O'Connell
  

Radio Boy and the Revenge of Grandad

Written by Christian O'Connell
Part of the Radio Boy Series

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

In a nutshell: tune in for more hilarious radio-show action

Christian O’Connell follows up his debut with another laugh-out-loud story starring junior radio DJ Spike. Spike, sidekick Artie and producer Holly are happily broadcasting from Spike’s garden shed and have a loyal audience, but will their show’s highlights - the highly illegal cat hunt, that time they caused a Christmas-present explosion and the embarrassing parent phone-in – be good enough to win Spike the chance to star on a real radio show? As usual, life at home complicates things: his grandad is determined to enter the same competition, while Dad’s band has been chosen to appear on a TV talent show. The plot is packed with funny scenes, and O’Connell - apparently effortlessly - makes the book as friendly and direct as his radio show. He’s certainly on the same wavelength as the book’s intended audience and with its brilliant illustrations by Rob Biddulph this will be another hit.

Readers will also enjoy Harry Hill’s real-life show-biz inspired comedy Matt Millz. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were lucky enough to read and review the first in this series, Radio Boy. Click here to read their full reviews.

  • Emily Golding, age 9 - 'Bed-wettingly funny; I could not stop laughing! For readers wanting to run a radio show, do NOT follow Spike's path and take a strike on homework unless you want to lose your best friends!'
  • Zoe Basson, age 9 - 'This book filled me with laughter from head to toe. It leads you through disaster karate lessons, evil head teachers and homework strikes. This book is genius!'
  • Reuben Lunt, age 10 - 'The book tells us not to give up on our dreams and that we all have a superpower waiting to be discovered. Radio Boy’s superpower is being a superstar DJ...He made me believe in my superpower.'
  • Alexander Bisland age 11 - 'I give it 5 stars and hope that Christian O’Connell’s debut novel is a 2017 bestseller. I’m looking forward to his second book due out later next year!'
  • Amina Walid, age 10 - 'When I was reading it I kept wanting to read the next chapter. If I had it my way I would have been up all night long just reading it.'
  • Cally Evans, age 10 - 'This book was extremely well written and easy to read, it was also very funny! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good laugh and adventure because it is hilarious and has a brilliant plot.'
  • Alex Hall, age 10 - 'A book of mischief and cunning.  Spike Hughes desperately wants to be a DJ and with the help of his friends, Artie and Holly, The Secret Shed Show begins to takes shape. I loved this book.'
  • Harsh Budhdeo, age 9 - 'Inspiring! Great book for budding artists - encourages creative minds.'
  • Ross O'Gorman, age 10 - 'Radio Boy is a fun-filled page-turner that tells the story of how a boy called Spike Hughes revives his dream of becoming a radio presenter, using the name Radio Boy.'
  • Romilly Dally-Fitzsimons, age 10 - 'A really good story about a boy, a secret radio station and the problems that he gets into.  Funny! Funny! Funny!'
  • Harsh Budhdeo, age 9 - 'Inspiring! Great book for budding artists - encourages creative minds to follow their dream.'
  • Jennifer Wood, age 8 - 'A great book, very inventive, hope there's a sequel!'

Synopsis

Radio Boy and the Revenge of Grandad by Christian O'Connell

Debut sensation Christian O'Connell is back with more hilarious adventures of Spike, super-star radio DJ... and trouble-prone ordinary kid. The World's youngest DJ is still the talk of the town. A town that's about to turn against him. Radio Boy and his team, Artie and Holly, are back and continue to broadcast live to the world from Spike's garden shed. Then, following a shock split from Nan, Grandad Ray comes to stay. Spike decides to cheer him up by inviting him onto the show. He becomes an instant hit with the listeners and Spike keeps him on as a new team member. But things get really awkward when Spike realises Grandad Ray only has three stories and keeps telling them over and over again. Spike is forced to sack his own Grandad, who swears vengeance on his own grandson. Grandad Ray is the world's most competitive man and he always plays to win - at any cost...

On writing his debut, Radio Boy, Christian says: "I spent eight months writing this book in every spare moment. At one sad point, my wife and kids all went off for a week skiing, while I booked a room at my local Travelodge. I actually requested the room with the worst view, for fewer distractions. (It’s room 9 by the way, if you ever want to check it out, at the Dorking Travelodge: it overlooks half the car park.) I would get there at nine in the morning, write till four, then leave, never staying the night. I had post it notes all over the walls. They must have thought I was some kind of serial killer!"

Radio Boy has also been reviewed by The Krib. See the video below and click on the video for more information.

About the Author

Christian O'Connell

Christian O'Connell is a multi-award winning broadcaster who hosts commercial radio's biggest breakfast show, on Absolute Radio. He is also a touring stand up comedian with several sold out National tours and three critically acclaimed Edinburgh Festival shows. He has presented TV shows on Sky1, ITV and C5. He is married and a self-proclaimed 'shabby dad' to two daughters and lives in Surrey with two dogs.

On writing his debut, Radio Boy, Christian says: "I spent eight months writing this book in every spare moment. At one sad point, my wife and kids all went off for a week skiing, while I booked a room at my local Travelodge. I actually requested the room with the worst view, for fewer distractions. (It’s room 9 by the way, if you ever want to check it out, at the Dorking Travelodge: it overlooks half the car park.) I would get there at nine in the morning, write till four, then leave, never staying the night. I had post it notes all over the walls. They must have thought I was some kind of serial killer!"

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Author

Christian O'Connell
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Author's Website

christianoconnell.com/

Publisher

HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

11th January 2018

ISBN

9780008200596

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