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PublisherFrances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Publication date3rd May 2012
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A Waste of Good Paper
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Julia Eccleshare's comment:
A moving, first person story that captures the frustrations and pent-up fury of a boy with a lot of problems. Jason has been told to write something in his new journal everyday. The trouble is there is nothing he wants to write about. Gradually, Jason begins to put everything down on paper and in doing so he tells the sad story of his own complex emotional state and the reasons for it. Jason’s journal portrays a journey from despair to hope for a better life ahead.
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SynopsisA Waste of Good Paper by Sean Taylor
The story of Jason, a boy at Heronford School for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. His journal tells of the comic and sometimes uncomfortable day to day events at the school, with Jason, his teachers and classmates. And it explores his family life with his mother, who has recently given up taking heroin, and her violent, drug-taking ex-boyfriend, who returns unexpectedly. And then there is the storyteller who works at the school. He tells the boys the Russian folktale of a young man with a faithful horse, who overcomes a manipulative king. Jason is searingly, touchingly honest about his life and relationships, and through his journal he begins to reach an understanding of himself. This is a brilliant debut teenage novel, to be compared with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
This is the debut teen novel from an author who already has an international reputation for his young fiction and picture books, drawing on the author's own experience as a storyteller in a school for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties.
ReviewsAn insightful and moving account of Jason's life and how he struggles to overcome the odds. Bookseller Gritty and emotional Parents in Touch A very funny, yet moving, novel. School Librarian 'A moving, first person story that captures the frustrations and pent-up fury of a boy with a lot of problems... Jason's journal portrays a journey from despair to hope for a better life ahead.
Comment by Julia Eccleshare Love Reading
- May 2012 Featured Book of the Month 'This is a very funny book, capturing a compelling teenage voice, and unfolding an ultimately heart-warming story of how broken families can mend.
The Tangled Leaves of Anniseed blog
'Utterly heartbreaking ... But I also found myself laughing out loud at the brutal honesty in the journal ... I loved the book.'
About The Author
Sean Taylor is a British author of children's books. He grew up in Surrey and taught in Zimbabwe before studying at Cambridge, and now lives partly in the United Kingdom and Brazil, where his wife is from.
His books include BOING!, illustrated by Bruce Ingman, The Great Snake, the Purple Class series and the multi-award-winning When a Monster is Born, illustrated by Nick Sharratt.
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