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PublisherBarrington Stoke Ltd
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Publication date20th August 2009
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Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. Ben hates his older brother Andy. He’s always putting Ben down and embarrassing him. When Andy goes too far one night Ben takes the dramatic step of stopping speaking. Can Ben and Andy resolve their dispute and, if so, will Ben start speaking again? A powerful story about just how far brothers can push each other, but how they can make things better too.
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SynopsisShut It! by Pete Johnson
Ben thinks Andy is the worst brother ever. Especially when Andy humiliates him in front of his girlfriend Tara. So as a protest Ben decides he's not speaking for a month. Not to anyone. Even the teachers at school. "Shut it" becomes a new craze - but will Ben last? A fun family comedy.
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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