AuthorFrank Cottrell Boyce
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PublisherBarrington Stoke Ltd
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Publication date26th April 2012
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Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+. A delicious comedy in which geeky George, whose passion for Warhammer games has long made him a social outcast, is transformed by some past its sell by date after shave. Suddenly everyone wants to be George’s friend. Can he escape? A humorous look at the pitfalls of popularity.
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SynopsisDesirable by Frank Cottrell Boyce
A touching comedy from a Carnegie Medal winning author is given a brand new package. George's birthday is as uneventful as ever. Until he opens his grandad's present and finds some aftershave and cufflinks from 1982. George's mum wants to recycle it, but for some strange reason George wants to hang on to it. And when he opens it, some very strange things start happening.
Hilarious comedy from Carnegie Medal winner Frank Cottrell Boyce. With a reading age of 8, it is particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers.
"This is a laugh-aloud book, which will touch the funny-bone of every young teen who’s felt the isolation of being ‘outside the pack’.” - Irish Examiner
About The Author
Frank Cottrell Boyce is an accomplished, successful and well-known screen and television writer who lives with his family in Liverpool. Frank’s first book, Millions, won the 2004 Carnegie Medal and was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in the same year. Frank has also been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012 for his book Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again.
His novel The Unforgotten Coat won the 2012 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.
On winning the prize Frank Cottrell Boyce said: “It would be amazing to win this award with any book I'd written but it is a special joy to win it with The Unforgotten Coat, which started life not as a published book at all, but as a gift. Walker gave away thousands of copies in Liverpool - on buses, at ferry terminals, through schools, prisons and hospitals - to help promote the mighty Reader Organisation. We even had the book launch on a train. The photographs in the book, were created by my friends and neighbours - Carl Hunter and Claire Heaney. The story was based on a real incident in a school in Bootle. So everything about it comes from very close to home - even though it's a story about Xanadu!
“Being shortlisted for the Guardian Prize gives you a particularly warm glow because it is awarded by a panel of your fellow authors. Past winners include my childhood heroes - Alan Garner, Leon Garfield, Joan Aiken - and contemporary heroes like Mark Haddon, Geraldine McCaughrean and Meg Rosoff.”
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