Nothing But Trouble by Alan MacDonald

Nothing But Trouble

Written by Alan MacDonald
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Nothing But Trouble by Alan MacDonald

Nothing but Trouble is a story about prejudice. When Jay arrives at Glenwood Primary, Paul is assigned to look after him and be his 'buddy', but looking after Jay proves harder than he expected. Jay's family are travellers and the new boy doesn't say much or seem interested in making friends. But Paul soon discovers Jay has a secret - after school he goes to visit a family of foxes living in the garden of a derelict house. Slowly a bond between the two boys develops, but this proves difficult at school as Paul is forced to choose sides between his new friend and his old ones...


Written with both warmth and grit. TES (November/December 2006) A heartening, well-written story. Carousel (March 2007)

About the Author

Alan MacDonald

Alan was born in Watford and went to university in Bangor, North Wales, where he studied English and Drama. He started working life in a travelling theatre company, visiting schools all over the country & writing much of their material. He says it was a useful apprenticeship - if the audience didn't like the play, they talked through it or threw bits of paper at the actors. He very quickly learned what children liked.

A keen football fan, Alan has supported Watford FC since childhood. Many of his stories have a football focus - which he rates as the next best thing to playing for England! He dreamed of becoming a professional footballer, but when he won a pen in a writing competition, his fate was sealed.

Alan has written over eighty children's books, which have been translated into many languages and won several awards. In 2010, Dirty Bertie: Loo! was winner of the Leicestershire Children's Book Prize. Alan also writes for TV, including the hugely popular 'Horrid Henry' on CITV.

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Book Info


64 pages


Alan MacDonald
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A & C Black Publishers Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

5th June 2006



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