Teenage Kicks: 101 things to do before you're 16 by Clive Gifford

Teenage Kicks: 101 things to do before you're 16

Written by Clive Gifford

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An absolute must for every early teenager. Fun, interesting and useful the author has compiled a great list of things to be sure to do before those early care free days – the childish wonder of innocence – are over and before your entire attention span becomes taken up with worrying about the opposite sex.


Teenage Kicks: 101 things to do before you're 16 by Clive Gifford

Have you ever ...eaten with chopsticks for a week? Had a shopping trolley race? Helped out for a night at a homeless centre? This book will tell you how. With 101 challenges and targets for readers to try out, work towards or aspire to before reaching 16, this book is jam-packed with lots of great ideas, from the simple and quiet to the extreme and profane. With extreme action, travel, jokes and japes, charitable acts and life skills - there's something for every teen to tick off their 'must do' list.


Full of fun ideas -- some just fun, some fun and worthwhile ... There genuinely is something for everyone -- the sporty kid, the geeky kid, the earnest kid, the creative kid. And perhaps sometimes the ideas will be inviting enough to tempt a child to step outside his or her usual comfort zone The Bookbag Barmy, brilliant and hilarious ... the perfect companion to any bored teenager, as well as just fun, interesting and entertaining for the rest of society as well Hack Writers 'a barmy, brilliant and hilarious odyssey of a book ... the perfect companion to any bored teenager, and is just as fun, interesting and entertaining for the rest of society as well.

'There genuinely is something for everyone'

About the Author

Clive Gifford

Clive Gifford is a highly experienced journalist and author with over 70 books in print and more than 800 features and stories written for adults and children.

Clive is an unusual author who likes to work in both fiction and non-fiction. Perhaps this reflects his unusual life which, so far, has seen him travel through 47 countries, be held hostage in Colombia, go parachuting, coach several sports and run a computer games company.

Clive Gifford is an award-winning author of more than 150 books for children and adults. His book, Eye Benders, published by Ivy Kids, won the 2014 Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize. This is Not a Science Book is the follow-up to the best-selling This is Not a Maths Book, also published by Ivy Kids, which won the Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Education Award at the British Book Design and Production Awards 2015.

Is your new book This is Not a Science Book a science book or what?

Ahhh, that would be telling! I can tell you what it is not and that’s a stuffy school science textbook. It is an entertaining activities book with lots of drawing, investigating, colouring-in, project making and puzzling to be done but it does show how all around you, science is constantly happening.

The book is packed with surprising facts and phenomena and activities to scramble your brain with visual illusions and tricks. Why not have a look yourselves, then you can tell me whether the book is out science or about fun or, a lot of both.

Where do you live?

I live in a large three-storey tumbledown house on the very edge of Manchester. It's pretty old - I think it was built in 1906 - and there always seems to be bits of it falling off! It overlooks the Mersey Valley and I can cycle through countryside and canal paths to get to the centre of Manchester.

What do you carry with you when you travel for your writing?

I always carry a notebook and several pens (I am constantly losing pens) to jot down any ideas that spring to mind. I also carry a digital camera or my smartphone to snap pictures and a tiny MP3 player to record interviews. There’s always a pack of Post-It notes in one of my pockets to mark pages of books with useful information to return to, as well.

What is your favourite children's book ever?

That is a toughie! I can give you several favourites if that is okay, starting with the ‘Golden Compass/Northern Lights’ trilogy by Phillip Pullman which I think were truly magical examples of storytelling and David Almond’s ‘Skellig’ which is a truly beautiful story.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Books. No question. Every project I work on needs lots of books to research the subject and gives me the excuse to go to the bookshop and spend, spend, spend! I haven’t counted them but I reckon I’ve got over 7,000 books all littered round my house!

Do you still buy books at shops or do you get all your facts off the internet?

The Internet is, of course, very useful especially for checking and getting the most up to date statistic or snippet but the information on there often only tells a tiny part of the whole story. For a complete picture of how or why something works or more detail, I still think books and magazines are extremely important. I visit bookshops and use libraries all the time. The libraries in my area, Trafford, are excellent and we have an amazing old bookshop over in Sharston which has more than half a million old books!

What would you like to be if you weren't a writer?

Really good question! I really would have liked to have been a rock star but was lousy at playing the guitar. The other job I would have liked was to be a documentary film-maker.

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176 pages


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Hachette Children's Books

Publication date

27th March 2008




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