For the Record by Ellie Irving

For the Record

Written by Ellie Irving

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A vivid, first person story narrated by 10-year-old Luke who sets out to save his village from the threat of a new waste-incinerator plant. How Luke, helped by some great characters from the village, organises a series of record breaking events to put Port Bren on the map is a vivid story full of energy.


For the Record by Ellie Irving

Luke is a gifted but awkward ten-year-old who is obsessed with world records, and is nervous about starting senior school a year early as 'the swot with the dead dad'. When Luke's tiny, unique Jersey village is in danger of being bulldozed to the ground to make way for a waste incinerator plant, the only way to stop it is by putting the village on the map: by breaking 50 world records in a week. With the help of geeky adjudicator Simon and a colourful cast of oddball village characters, this is Luke's chance to shine, to solve his mum's relationship problems, and to face his biggest fears - with bizarre, extraordinary consequences.

About the Author

Ellie Irving

Ellie was born in Bristol, but raised in a hamlet on the outskirts of Southend-on-Sea by a family of avid readers. So avid, in fact, her mum enrolled her in the local library before she'd even emerged from the womb, which was awkward for all concerned. Ellie's passion for writing stories flourished aged seven, when her parents bought her a Petite Super International typewriter for Christmas, and there was no stopping her. After studying for a Broadcasting Degree at the University of Leeds, Ellie realised there were too few home makeover shows in the world, and worked on a number of DIY and Garden programmes for UK Style. She then returned to studying and completed an MA in Screenwriting in 2008. She lives in London and For the Record is her debut novel.

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256 pages
Interest Age: from 9 to 11


Ellie Irving
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Bodley Head Children's Books an imprint of Random House Children's Books

Publication date

2nd June 2011




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