Rescuing Dad by Pete Johnson


Rescuing Dad by Pete Johnson

Joe and Claire can see why Mum chucked Dad out. He looks a mess, he can't cook and he's useless around the house. Something must be done: they're the only ones who can help transform him into 'Dad Mark Two'. And when they unveil this new, improved dad, Mum will be so impressed she'll take him back on the spot! But then disaster strikes - Mum starts seeing the slimy and creepy Roger. And Joe and Claire's plans take an unexpected turn - with hilarious results.


Pete Johnson's novel is funny and light but the humour disguises real emotional truth and depth ... It offers some very funny and pertinent home truths for parents too Guardian A funny, positive and engaging exploration of a modern dilemma from a sure-footed storyteller Carousel Children are often the victims when a marriage falters or fails and in Rescuing Dad, Pete Johnson illuminates this distressing reality with the perception humour which is a trademark of his work ... The events of Joe's birthday are as fine a piece of slapstick comedy as I have read Books for Keeps Pete Johnson has succeeded in presenting a sensitive subject in a light-hearted way without detracting from its seriousness Children's Books in Ireland

About the Author

Pete Johnson

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.

Born in Winchester, Pete studied English at Birmingham University and went on to try a variety of jobs before teaching English and Drama at a secondary school in Buckinghamshire. It was there that he wrote his first novel for teenagers which became an immediate hit. He was a film critic for Radio One before becoming a full time writer.

Pete's novels have achieved global success and he is now published in 24 translations. He has visited Europe to meet his readers as well as schools and libraries all over the UK. Pete inspires a special loyalty among his readers.

Pete says: 'one of the best things an author can do is show the reader he, or she, is not on their own.'

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208 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Publication date

27th October 2014



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