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Pete Johnson - Author

About the Author

Pete Johnson began work as a flm critic for BBC Radio One,  then became a teacher. He is  the author of over forty books, including the bestselling  How to Train Your Parents. Pete’s books have won various awards, including the Young Telegraph Award and the Brilliant Book Award, and have been translated into 24 languages.  Also short-listed for Blue Peter Book Award. Read more about the author here.

 

 

Featured books by Pete Johnson

My Parents are Out of Control

My Parents are Out of Control

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/06/2013

Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013  Out of the blue, Louis’s parents ask for tips on being cool. At first Louis is amused and teaches his parents how to use lingo like ‘wicked’ and ‘sick,’ – until one day things go too far and in public too!...

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Other books by Pete Johnson

The Crystal

The Crystal

Author: Pete Johnson, Patrick Knowles, Anthony Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2018

Superhero

Superhero

Author: Pete Johnson, Patrick Knowles, Anthony Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2018

Ghostly Whisper

Ghostly Whisper

Author: Pete Johnson, Patrick Knowles, Anthony Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2018

How to Fool Your Parents

How to Fool Your Parents

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/05/2017

How to Update Your Parents

How to Update Your Parents

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2016

Mate Match

Mate Match

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

Joe has never been 'cool' or 'hot' - he'd rather slog over a brand new recipe than spend hours obsessing over an Instagram image. When dating app Mate Match is launched to connect with teens at other schools, suddenly Joe has got to learn the rules of the dating game and big sister Georgia and her boyfriend Aaron are on hand to teach him everything he needs to know. And it seems the trick to success is to lie - about being in a band, about his hobbies (no cooking to be mentioned!), even his name. But when Joe gets matched with self-obsessed stunner Tania, his lies look set to unravel fast. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

The Frighteners

The Frighteners

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2016

On the back of the picture were two words which jumped right out at me: THE FRIGHTENERS... When Chloe starts at a new school, she gets off to a really bad start and no-one wants to be her friend - except Aidan. But everyone else seems scared of Aidan - scared of the pictures he draws. Chloe can't imagine why until she picks up one of his drawings of 'The Frighteners'. For now the Frighteners - horrifying monstrous creatures - won't leave her alone...

Return of the (Un)Teenager (#2)

Return of the (Un)Teenager (#2)

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/10/2015

Spencer's back, and the (un)teenager plan has been derailed a bit by the fact that he kissed Emily at the disco. What will he do now? Is Spencer doomed to becoming a 'proper' teenager...? Cracking sequel about the highs and lows of being a teenager, from a hugely popular teen author. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Diary of an (Un)Teenager (#1)

Diary of an (Un)Teenager (#1)

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/10/2015

Spencer is disgusted at the idea of being a teenager. He's not interested in girls, skateboards or huge trainers - so he decides he'll be an (un)teenager instead! A comical take on the highs and lows of being a teenager, from a hugely popular teen author. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

My Parents Are Driving Me Crazy

My Parents Are Driving Me Crazy

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2015

The Bad Spy's Guide

The Bad Spy's Guide

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2015

MY TRUE IDENTITY . . . SPELLS DANGER! Everyone thinks Tasha is a big joke because she is OBSESSED with spies. But when Henry, the new boy at school, accidentally MIXES up his notebook with hers, Tasha has breathed her LAST EVER bit of dull air. Henry tells her he is a TEENAGE SPY. And that he needs to use her room for surveillance on his latest TARGETS. Tasha is just THRILLED to discover that her neighbours are enemy agents. And her new life of spying, gadgets and sneaking around is really cool. But is Henry all he claims to be? Or could he be stretching the TRUTH? Tasha's doubts grow. . .and then she receives an incredible shock . . .

Hero

Hero

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/2015

Luke's fed up with the drama of his sister's love life. But when her ex-boyfriend badmouths her around school, he rashly declares that he'll fight him. Unfortunately he's held to this promise and ends up having to fight the hardest boy in school. Will he survive the showdown? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Pirate Brother

Pirate Brother

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Ghost Trouble

Ghost Trouble

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/04/2015

Two terrifying tales from the award-winning Pete Johnson The Ghost Dog Daniel's story about a bloodthirsty dog goes down well at a spooky party. But then somehow his imagination comes to life and the howling monster begins to haunt his dreams! Winner of the Young Telegraph/Fully Booked Award The Creeper Lucy finds an old tape of the spine-chilling story of the Creeper - a horrific creature looking for revenge. Lucy knows she has just done something terrible - will the Creeper track her down? Winner of the Stockton Children's Book Award

Eyes Of The Alien

Eyes Of The Alien

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2014

Sam and Freddie, both fostered with the same family, are best friends. Sam even laughs at Freddie's jokes! But after Sam has an accident and knocks herself unconscious, she begins to have weird nightmares about a sinister figure with huge eyes - alien eyes. Freddie, who thinks he knows everything there is to know about extra-terrestrials, jokes that aliens must be after Sam - trying to contact her. But it's just his imagination, isn't it? Until they see the spaceship...

Rescuing Dad

Rescuing Dad

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2014

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.

Rescuing Dad

Rescuing Dad

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/2014

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.

Eyes Of The Alien

Eyes Of The Alien

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2014

Sam and Freddie, both fostered with the same family, are best friends. Sam even laughs at Freddie's jokes! But after Sam has an accident and knocks herself unconscious, she begins to have weird nightmares about a sinister figure with huge eyes - alien eyes. Freddie, who thinks he knows everything there is to know about extra-terrestrials, jokes that aliens must be after Sam - trying to contact her. But it's just his imagination, isn't it? Until they see the spaceship . . .

The Vampire Bewitched

The Vampire Bewitched

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Marcus isn't an ordinary thirteen-year-old. He has an amazing secret: he's a half-vampire, with incredible special powers. And together with his friends Tallulah and Gracie, he hunts and fights a totally evil enemy: the deadly vampires, who are out to destroy all humans and half-vampires. But something strange has happened to Marcus. He's lost his memory, and can't remember anything about his previous life as a vampire hunter. Tallulah and Gracie are seriously worried. They think his amnesia is very suspicious and sinister - and might have something to do with the weird new horror shop that's just opened up in town . . .

Six Hours

Six Hours

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/04/2014

Humorous and perceptive tale exploring the pressures of teen life. Dominic has been studying for this history exam for weeks. So when he finds himself faking sick and following Lara, one of the coolest girls in school, off the grounds he wonders what's happened to his common sense. Both of them just feel like they've had enough. They need a day off - a day to just chill. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Wie man seine Lehrer erzieht

Wie man seine Lehrer erzieht

Author: Pete Johnson Format: eBook Release Date: 05/08/2013

Theo findet Schule sooooo langweilig. Doch dann kommt ihm gemeinsam mit seinem besten Freund George DIE Idee. Der Unterricht ware so viel spannender, wenn man ihn etwas aufpeppen wurde! Und zwar mit einer Wette. Wie oft zuckt das Gesicht des neuen Vertretungslehrers und wie oft schnauzt sich der Mathelehrer innerhalb einer Stunde? Das Spielfieber greift um sich. Immer mehr Klassenkameraden wollen Teil der exklusiven Wettgemeinschaft sein. Endlich macht Schule Spa!Mge das Glck mit euch sein!

My Parents Are Out Of Control

My Parents Are Out Of Control

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2013

Louis doesn't think much of it when his mum and dad ask him for tips on how to be cool. In fact, he thinks it's pretty funny watching them bump fists and use words like 'safe', 'sick' and 'wicked'. Until Dad turns up outside Louis's new school dressed like a rapper, that is . . . Suddenly they're trying to friend Louis and all his classmates on Facebook, and wearing baseball caps backwards - IN PUBLIC. Louis and his best friend Maddy are horrified. Mum and Dad have taken things too far . . . and immediate action is needed!

Awesome

Awesome

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

When Ben starts at a new school, the last thing he expects is to be mistaken for a TV star! Can he stop pretending to be someone he's not before things spin out of control? Light-hearted comedy. Suitable for dyslexic, struggling and reluctant reader teens. Ben is just the new boy - until the most beautiful girl in school, Jasmine, mistakes him for the star of TV show 'Awesome!' He doesn't have the heart to tell her the truth! As his lie escalates and more and more people begin to believe it, will Ben do the right thing and come clean?

The Vampire Hunters

The Vampire Hunters

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2011

On my thirteenth birthday, my life changed for ever. That's when I learned the shocking truth: I'm a half-vampire. Think that sounds cool? Think again! I've been attacked by an evil vampire bat, had huge cravings for my best friend's blood, and nearly died from eating a pizza (half-vampires aren't great with garlic). Writing my secret blog is the only thing that's kept me from going completely crazy. As if life couldn't get any more complicated, there have been some vicious attacks in the local woods. Vampire-mad Tallulah (definitely not my girlfriend) thinks a super-vampire is behind them - and she's desperate to prove it, with a mysterious chain that's supposed to glow red-hot when a vampire is close by. And I have a horrible feeling that the chain's going to turn red-hot any day now . . . A new novel from award-winning author Pete Johnson that taps into the very current interest in vampires - done with Pete's humorous, accessible touch.

Detective Brother

Detective Brother

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2011

Return of the (Un)Teenager

Return of the (Un)Teenager

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2011

Spencer is back! He and Emily kissed a few weeks ago but they haven't talked since and Spencer's unsure of her feelings. It'll take some ill-advised fashion choices, a disastrous disco and a terrible party to convince him that Emily may actually like him - just the way he is! Hilarious, much-requested sequel to the bestselling Diary of an (Un)Teenager .

The Vampire Blog

The Vampire Blog

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/2010

Marcus was convinced that vampires didn't exist. He was very wrong . . . On his thirteenth birthday, Marcus Howlett is faced with a bombshell. His parents are half-vampire. And, although he hates the thought of it, he is about to become one too. But, as he secretly blogs about the horrors of his new fangs, bad breath and cravings for blood, Marcus is unaware that his life is in serious danger . . .

Invisible Brother

Invisible Brother

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/04/2010

Horror from the Deep

Horror from the Deep

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2010

Welcome to Spook School...where the pupils have bags of spirit! Charlie is now a fully-fledged member of Spook Squad and as a reward for solving two puzzling missions, he and his friend Lewis are sent to Earth for a seaside holiday. But while they're there they come to the aid of two young ghosts living on a shipwreck who are being terrorised by a terrifying monster from the deep...

Revenge of the Stink-Monster

Revenge of the Stink-Monster

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2010

Welcome to Spook School...where the pupils have bags of spirit! It's exam time at Spook School, and Charlie and Lewis's last exam is their toughest: they have to solve a baffling and very spooky mystery on Earth - in just twenty-four hours. A hotel is being plagued by terrible smells and peculiar scuttling noises, and all the terrified visitors are leaving. Soon Charlie and Lewis come face to face with the strangest monster yet- and they come in their hundreds!

Lair of the Mothman

Lair of the Mothman

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2009

Welcome to Spook School - where lessons include learning how to fly, walking through walls and making objects move! Charlie's not all pleased to find himself at Spook School - he spent quite enough time at school when he was alive! But soon he proves himself to be a pretty impressive spook and is invited to join the Spook Squad, who are sent down to earth to investigate strange and spooky goings on. First on the list is the deadly Mothman, rumoured to be the size of a horse, with really sharp claws and a very bad temper.

Curse of the Rat-beast

Curse of the Rat-beast

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2009

Welcome to Spook School - where lessons include learning how to fly, walking through walls and making objects move! Charlie is now a fully-fledged member of Spook Squad and ready for his most puzzling mission yet - to investigate a rat which expands as you watch it into a giant and terrifying monster! At first Charlie and his friend, Lewis, think that they're dealing with a mysterious and terrifying ghost, but they're in for a big surprise.

Shut It!

Shut It!

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/08/2009

Andy is sick of his obnoxious brother. As a protest, he refuses to talk for a month. Soon he's a celebrity! But what if there's something he needs to say? Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

The TV Time Travellers

The TV Time Travellers

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2009

Zac and Izzy win a place on a new reality TV show, but they have no idea where they're going or what to expect . . . They must live as if it's 1939, the start of World War Two. One by one they will be voted out by the viewing public. It's a hard life and, since each contestant is desperate to be the final winner, there are problems. When the live final arrives, the contestants and the audience will all be stunned by what occurs . . .

Bug Brother

Bug Brother

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2009

How to Get Famous

How to Get Famous

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2008

Tobey is determined he will be famous. He's not big-headed, he just knows he's got something special and he's determined that everyone will know it! He even hangs around with the stars, getting autographs at film premieres. Tobey and his friend Georgia audition for a role in the local play - and to his huge disappointment, Georgia gets a part, but he doesn't. Can he turn this tragedy around and find a way to be famous after all?

The Bad Spy's Guide

The Bad Spy's Guide

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2007

My true identity...spells danger! Everyone thinks Tasha is a big joke because she is obsessed with spies. But when Henry, the new boy at school, accidentally mixes up his notebook with hers, Tasha has breathed her last ever bit of dull air. Henry tells her he is a teenage spy. And that he needs to use her room for surveillance on his latest targets. Tasha is just thrilled to discover that her neighbours are enemy agents. And her new life of spying, gadgets and sneaking around is really cool. But is Henry all he claims to be? Or could he be stretching the truth? Tasha's doubts grow...and then she receives an incredible shock ...

How Embarrassing is That?

How Embarrassing is That?

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/01/2007

Ruby's parents are beyond embarrassing - and now they are planning to sing in the school assembly! They must be stopped! A laugh out loud comedy. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Runaway Teacher

Runaway Teacher

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/12/2006

Scott thinks teachers are boring. Then a new teacher arrives - a teacher with very different ideas about lessons, rules and school. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic

Help! I'm a Classroom Gambler

Help! I'm a Classroom Gambler

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2006

Harvey thinks school is the most boring place on earth - and so he and his friends devise a way to help relieve their boredom. Lessons are actually quite interesting when you have more at stake than just whether you'll get through it without being sent to the head. Harvey and his fellow gamblers start to bet on how many times the supply teacher will give a nervous twitch, how often the Head will blow his nose and lots of other possible outcomes. All of a sudden, school is fun - but then the gambling craze starts to spread and Harvey realises it's all getting out of control... A brilliant subversive look at classroom pranks and what goes on under the teacher's nose.

Phantom Fear

Phantom Fear

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2005

THE PHANTOM THIEF The first time Alfie sees the boy, he appears as if from nowhere in the school detention room - the 'padded cell'. There's something odd about him and Alfie is definitely not pleased when he realizes the boy has nicked his new jacket. But a ghost? That's what his new friend Sarah thinks - and she's so convinced she's prepared to ghost-watch with him. That's when the warning message appears, scratched out on the blackboard by a phantom hand.... MY FRIEND'S A WEREWOLF Kelly always thought werewolves only existed in stories and late-night films. Until Simon moves in next door. Could that be hair beginning to sprout on his face? Why does he wear black gloves all the time - even to school? Last, but definitely not least, there's the howling at night . . . Aren't werewolves . . . dangerous?

The Best Holiday Ever!

The Best Holiday Ever!

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/07/2005

Sun, sea, sand ...not to mention Boys! This is what Louise and her best friend Katie have in mind when they set off on their first parent-free holiday to Spain. Their only problem is Annette, a last-minute hanger-on who seems to prefer moaning and tidying to checking out the local clubs and talent ...This is riotous humour and action a-plenty from a master of the teen-comedy genre. Barrington Stoke specialises in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Trust Me, I'm A Troublemaker

Trust Me, I'm A Troublemaker

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2005

Archie is a very mature child - some would say far too mature! Having grown up with his gran, he seems to have acquired some adult ways - and the kids at his new school find them unbearable. Especially Miranda - the class troublemaker. At first she absolutely can't stand Archie but then she starts to see him as a bit of a project- could she really make Archie into a Troublemaker Extraordinaire? Their unlikely friendship really gets going when Archie needs help to scare off his dad's new girlfriend...

Diary of an (Un)Teenager

Diary of an (Un)Teenager

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2004

Spencer's mate Zac has decided he wants to be a real teenager and Spencer is disgusted - he's not interested in girls, skateboards or expensive trainers. A hilarious yet insightful story about growing up for teen boys everywhere Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

How To Train Your Parents

How To Train Your Parents

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2003

Moving to a new area and a new school, Louis is horrified to discover his parents changing into ultra-competitive parents, wanting him and his younger brother to get straight As at school and join all sorts of after-school clubs and activities like the other kids in the area. Suddenly Louis's life is no longer his own - until he meets Maddy, who claims to have trained her parents to ignore her- But does Louis really want to be ignored? A truly contemporary tale with characters kids will recognize instantly!

Traitor

Traitor

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2002

Tom, Mia and Oliver are the victims of a gang of bullies - who waylay them on the way home from school. It's not at school, so the teachers wouldn't be able to help, and they don't want to tell their parents, so there's only one option - to pay up. At first. But as the pressure builds more and more, a terrible suspicion begins to surface: could one of the three friends be helping the bullies? And if so, just who is... the traitor?

Girl Gang

Girl Gang

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2000

Quiet, self-conscious Amy is dead chuffed when the hard girls invite her to join their secret gang, but as one dare leads to another, Amy is soon out of her depth.

The Ghost Dog

The Ghost Dog

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/1996

When Daniel and his friends make up a ghost story about a terrifying dog what begins as a story turns into a nightmare...A spine tingling tale about a boy haunted by the monsterous creature he created in his own imagination.

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