Reader Reviewed Half My Facebook Friends are Ferrets by J. A. Buckle

Half My Facebook Friends are Ferrets

Written by J. A. Buckle

13+ readers   YA readers   Books for Boys   
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The Lovereading4Kids comment

Humour, technology, friendship, a ferret called Ozzy - this book has got it all. Written in diary format there is plenty here to entertain teens with jokes, music, friendship circles and chaotic family life.

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

Emily Passmore, age 12  - This is a really funny book, especially in the parts about ferrets!

Alice Horncastle, age 13 - This book unfolded with cracking pace, it is as if Josh is living, his story was so realistic and I could relate to it so well - I could not put it down!

Madi Campbell, age 13 - This is a very funny book which I would recommend to any teenager, it is an easy read with many hilarious factors. If you want a good read which isn't too challenging, then this is the book for you. Brilliantly hilarious!

Aimee Sweet, age 13 - This very funny book is great in a simple way: when I read it I thought that it actually was a teenagers diary. Very lifelike and realistic, this book will make you laugh, smile, and frown in disgust (in the best way possible).

Ben Evans, age 11 - I really enjoyed this book it’s really funny and it’s easy to read! My friends and I couldn’t stop to put it down!

Rosa Boran, age 14 - I really liked this book. It was really funny and a great read. It was lifelike, realistic and an easy read too if you don't want anything challenging. I'd recommend this to any teenager.

James Smart, age 13 - ‘Half My Facebook Friends are Ferrets’ is really funny, I laughed out loud several times. This book is more of a boy’s book but I think girls would still find funny.

Katie Evans, age 14 - Overall, I found this book really enjoyable and I would highly recommend it, especially to teenagers. I would happily read it again.

Edward Dunford, age 10 - This tome of staggering genius is definitely worth the time it takes to read; its continuous humour, chilling twists and epic characters really give a fascinating insight into a sixteen year old boy’s life while at the same time changing the way you think about getting older forever! Basically just...READ IT!!!!!


Half My Facebook Friends are Ferrets by J. A. Buckle

Fifteen-year-old Josh fantasises about becoming a death metal guitarist complete with tattoos, piercings and hoards of adoring fans. But it's not easy when his super-strict mom won't let him grow his hair! Luckily Josh has a way of coping with life's setbacks; it's only a diary, but it contains all Josh's hopes, dreams and frustrations (not to mention some great ideas for band names and lyrics!).

There's a lot he wants to get done before his 16th birthday, but things never turn out quite like he plans...What Josh doesn't know is that his mother also kept a diary, back about the time he was born, and a secret in there holds the key to Josh's life becoming a whole lot more metal.

About the Author

J. A. Buckle

Jackie Buckle has been writing for years, since reading The Accidental Tourist by Anne Taylor, the book she says, that made her want to write. Half My Facebook Friends are Ferrets was discovered in the slush pile by a Curious Fox editor who immediately recognised it’s irresistible mix of humour, music and the digital world.

Jackie is also passionate about animal rights, travel, playing the acoustic guitar and walking her Finnish lapphund. She lives in Reigate, Surrey.

LoveReading4Kids Q&A

Describe your book in one sentence? How does it follow on from the first book – is it more of the same or different in tone?

Josh Walker – metal-head and ferret-owner – has just started college and he’s got all kinds of problems already, including a best mate with panic attacks and a boy scout who wants him dead! It’s more of the same, though Josh has grown up a bit – only a bit mind!

What inspired you to write your book?

A few people had asked if I’d write a sequel to Half my Facebook Friends are Ferrets and I did really want to find out how Josh, Davey and co would get on at college.

Favourite character in your book? I think Davey. He’s a lovable loser, although maybe not for much longer...

Favourite sentence or line in your book?

That’s a tough one. How about: It’s a bit naff rescuing kamikaze snails but at least Becky understands; she once had a pet woodlouse!

Describe yourself in three words?

A bit odd

Shakespeare or Dickens?


Your favourite author?

Terry Pratchett

Favourite character from a book?

DEATH from the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett

If you weren’t an author, you would be…

I am a web designer but I’d like to go around the world studying animals and helping conserve them

Favourite place/setting to read a book?

In bed. Preferably a bed in a nice hotel somewhere interesting, but if not, at home

If you had a dinner party what three authors or characters from literature would you invite?

Probably not DEATH, but maybe Rincewind the wizard, Frodo and Puss in Boots

Where do you get your ideas from?

My daughters

Do you base your characters on people you know?

Yes, with a little bit of exaggeration here and there!

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192 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Publication date

30th January 2014




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Curious Fox is an imprint of Curious Fox


Curious Fox is an exciting imprint for young readers of all ages.  Our mission is to publish imaginative, creative, and jaw-droppingly enjoyable books that will take readers on a journey through new adventures and experiences. Inspired by the curious nature of the fox, the imprint is designed to spark the curiosity of young readers, from beautiful picture books; un-put-down-able middle grade series to thought-provoking YA novels. Curious Fox is also the official publisher of Warner Brothers brands including DC Comics Justice League, Looney Tunes and top dog Scooby-Doo.

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