Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-Offs

Written by Sarah Forbes

Illustrated by James Brown

Part of the Elspeth Hart Series

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LoveReading View on Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-Offs

Elspeth Hart lives with her horrible aunt, Miss Crabb, at the Pandora Pants School for Show-offs.  It is the first adventure featuring the fabulous Elspeth Hart, a modern heroine with doodles on her Converse trainers and unstoppable determination.  But when Elspeth realises that Miss Crabb is lying to her, she hatches a daring escape plan, involving a high-profile festival, a pair of smelly underpants and a top-secret Extra-Special Sticky Toffee Sauce. It is a fast-paced and funny story from a fresh new voice in children's fiction and her quirky adventures will delight fans of David Walliams, Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl.

Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-Offs Synopsis

Ever since her parents were tragically washed away in a flood, Elspeth Hart has been forced to live in the attic of the Pandora Pants School for Show-offs with her disgusting aunt, Miss Crabb. She spends her days helping out in the kitchen and dodging Tatiana Firensky, the most horrible show-off of them all. Her only friend is the awkward and shy Rory Snitter, who is inseparable from his pet lizard, Lazlo. But when a knock on the head from a falling book brings back some of Elspeth's memories from before the flood, she begins to suspect that Miss Crabb is hiding something.

Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-Offs Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our 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.

  • Isabelle Preston, age 10 - 'I liked this book because of its mysterious manner. I liked the idea that a shy girl lives in a show-off school and that she was sto - oops almost gave the story away!'
  • Rachel Zinkin, age 8 - 'This book was funny and entertaining and full of adventure. I really liked this book and I am looking forward to the next one.'
  • Georgie Docwra, age 9 - 'A great easy-to-read book!'
  • Lily Benner, age 10 - 'I liked this book, it was interesting, funny and gruesome.'
  • Sabina Beinart- Smith, age 7 - 'This book is good because it had lots of unexpected things happening and surprises. My favourite character is Elspeth because she is caring and kind and helpful, unlike the bossy Tatiana Firensky!'
  • Evie Aconley, age 8 - 'The most exciting book I have ever read!! A must read for all those who like a good adventure.'
  • Amisha McCRystal, age 13 - 'A one of a kind book, that will blow your mind.  Sarah Forbes is the new Roald Dahl.'
  • Erica Motoc, age 9 - 'The book Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-offs is really good.'
  • Cora Willans - 'I think Miss Criag is REALLY mean.'

The Good Book Guide Review

Elspeth doesn’t remember what happened to her parents or how she came to be living at the School for Show-offs. She spends her days cleaning and avoiding Tatiana Firensky. Then one day, Elspeth bumps her head and starts to remember… Can she escape from the school, and keep her secret safe? This enjoyable comic story contains larger-than-life characters in a range of amusing situations. (Ages 8–11)

Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-Offs Press Reviews

'Elspeth Hart is piles of fun from beginning to end. You can't help but root for Elspeth, who's forced to contend with a memorable cast of wonderfully unlikeable characters as she unravels the mystery of her predicament. Bursting with intrigue and unpleasantness!' Guy Bass

'I thoroughly enjoyed it, it romps along with great pace, good jokes and horrible characters. And the wonderful illustrations complement the text beautifully.' A.F. Harrold

'Hilariously written, wonderfully illustrated and with superbly depicted characters, I can see this being immensely popular - it's refreshingly different and Elspeth is excellent.' Parents in Touch

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781847155955
Publication date: 04/05/2015
Publisher: Stripes Publishing an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781847155955
Publication date: 4th May 2015
Author: Sarah Forbes
Illustrator: James Brown
Publisher: Stripes Publishing an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 192 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Humorous
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: Reviewed by Children

About Sarah Forbes

Sarah Forbes was born in Aberdeen and currently lives in Edinburgh. She used to work on magazines, interviewing pop stars for a living, but now she works as an editor, helping other writers to create their own stories. Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-offs was Sarah's debut novel. Here is a letter from Sarah Forbes to author Anne Fine, who visited her home town when she was eight and made a lasting impression.Dear Anne Fine,You won’t remember this, but in the late 1980s you visited Stonehaven Library as part of an author tour. Stonehaven is ...

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