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Karen Saunders often gets asked where the inspiration for her character Suzy Puttock comes from. The truth is, she's a walking, talking disaster zone, just like Suzy. If you even meet Karen, ask her about her most embarrassing moments. She's got loads.
After Karen graduated with a degree in English Literature from Warwick University, she did lots of different jobs, like selling Christmas hampers, answering telephones and working in PR. She didn't like any of them much so went back to university to complete an MA in Writing for Yound People at Bath Spa University. She's been making up stories about badgers, pop stars, fairies, cars, superheroes and klutzy teenage girls ever since.
Photo credit Neil Griffiths.
January 2014 Book of the Month The star of hilarious Me, Suzy P, is back for a second set of equally accident-prone adventures. This time Suzy P is on a camping holiday – of all unlikely things. Being stuck in a caravan in very wet Wales is bad enough but, when her best friend Milly seems to be more friendly with stuck-up Isabella, things become almost unbearable.
Suzy P's made a promise that she can't keep. Kind of a big promise. To her entire school! Why, oh why, did she say The Drifting would be performing at the Collinsbrooke fundraiser? As if trying to sort out that mess wasn't enough, she also needs to make sure Dad's birthday bash isn't a total disaster - especially as he's already showing signs of a mid-life crisis. . . Suzy has her best mates helping out, but will she be able to pull off TWO parties of a lifetime?
Fourteen-year-old Suzy Puttock and her three best friends lead an average teenage life, spending most of their time in school, home or hanging out in cafes. Mishaps and cringe moments have a nasty habit of following Suzy wherever she goes, but otherwise life's pretty normal. She's been going out with Danny since forever, her nutty older sister Amber's wedding is taking up all her family's attention and her annoying younger sister Harry is intent on making Suzy's life a misery. When gorgeous new boy Zach starts showing Suzy attention, she wonders if the grass may be greener on the other side of the romantic fence. Before Suzy knows it, she's broken up with Danny, there's a huge rift in her friendship group and life is careering off track. Can she sort herself out before things are messed up completely?