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Worst. Holiday. Ever

Written by Charlie Higson

Illustrated by Warwick Johnson-Cadwell

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Worst. Holiday. Ever Review

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 13+ readers Humorous Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE) Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

Feelgood, funny, compassionate coming of age novel

Not since Adrian Mole opened his diary have the thoughts and innermost feelings of an adolescent boy been examined so precisely or with such heart. Stan is twelve, shy and a worrier, so the thought of a holiday in Italy with his friend Felix and Felix’s family freaks him out. He’s going though: we meet him at the airport drawing up a ‘duck-it’ list of things he hopes he’ll never have to do. Little does he know that he’ll tick off six out of ten of them on his holiday, and enjoy it too. The first-person narrative lets us in on all Stan’s thoughts, but he’s a good observer of others so we learn loads about the others in the holiday party too, kids and grown-ups. There are laugh-out-loud scenes and moments of pure agony, and through it all Stan is learning loads about himself and life in general. Honest, revealing, compassionate and so entertaining, this is a must read for all the Stans out there – adults, give yourselves a treat and read it too.

Andrea Reece

Worst. Holiday. Ever Synopsis

Stan is going on holiday to Italy with his (fifth) best friend Felix and a load of strangers. Stan is absolutely terrified. Luckily, his mum's given him an emergency list that includes how to survive a shark attack, and what to do if he gets kidnapped. Stan thinks that a better list would include how to cope with odd food, and what to do if he accidentally calls Felix's mum 'mum' in front of everybody.

And it soon turns out Italy is full of dangers and things that can go wrong. One thing's for certain, Stan's not going to come back the same boy he left. He just hope he comes back at all . . . Worst. Holiday. Ever is a story about facing fears, dealing with worries, and how it's OK to be anxious, scared, and sometimes a little bit brave.

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ISBN: 9780241414781
Publication date: 29/04/2021
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241414781
Publication date: 29th April 2021
Author: Charlie Higson
Illustrator: Warwick Johnson-Cadwell
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Humorous, Personal Social Health Economic , Personal Social Health Economic
Recommendations: Reluctant Readers
Collections: Summer Reading 2021, 2021 Preview - Mega Books on the Horizon,

About Charlie Higson

Charlie Higson is a well-known writer of screenplays and novels, including the phenomenally successful Young Bond series.  He is also a performer and co-creator of 'The Fast Show' and Radio Four's award-winning 'Down the Line' series - recently made into a popular BBC2 sketch show, 'Bellamy's People'. Charlie is a big fan of horror films and is now hoping to give a great many children sleepless nights with his The Enemy series. The Young Bond books have, to date, sold over a million copies in the UK and been translated into 24 different languages. The Young Bond titles are ...

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