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PublisherBarrington Stoke Ltd
Suitable for AgesFeatured Books for 11+ readers
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Publication date1st January 2004
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Diary of an (Un)teenager
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Interest Age 11+ 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. But when his friend Zac turns 13 he suddenly buys himself a new image – complete with skateboard. Will Spencer be able to hold out against the trend?
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SynopsisDiary of an (Un)teenager by Pete Johnson
Spencer’s Mate Zac has decided he wants to be a real teenager and Spencer is disgusted. He’s not interested in girls, skateboards or huge trainers! An hilarious yet insightful story about growing up for teen boys everywhere.
About The 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.
After studying English at Birmingham University, Pete worked as a film critic for some local newspapers. This led to a plum job as a film critic on Radio One.
It was working as a teacher at a secondary school that inspired Pete’s first published novel, Secrets From The School Underground and his short story collection, One Step Beyond. Pete gained some valuable insight by inviting his students to comment on his writing. “They helped to make me tough on my writing,” says Pete, “I learnt that bad books – and clichés – arise when a writer doesn’t know enough about his world.” Today, Pete still regularly visits schools and libraries to keep in close contact with his readers.
Pete has written numerous books for dyslexic & reluctant readers - his book Diary of an (Un)teenager has sold over 25,000 copies.
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