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The Life of Riley: Beginner's Luck

Written by Simon James Green

Illustrated by Aleksei Bitskoff

Featured Books for 9+ readers Humorous School Stories

LoveReading View on The Life of Riley: Beginner's Luck

Utterly hilarious middle-grade novelabout a ridiculous amount of bad luck and one boy's quest to get rid of it

Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2021, Best Story

This funny, gentle story is packed with snappy humour and hilarious characters. You can’t help but love Riley, a brilliant, witty, world-weary kid and long-suffering underdog. There’s a lovely message about being grateful for all the things that you have and for appreciating the people who support you, no matter what. Perfect for Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans or children about to start secondary school, though there’s a lot of fun to be had for grown ups here too.


The Life of Riley: Beginner's Luck Synopsis

After a traumatic run-in with the fortune teller from a visiting funfair - thanks to an unfortunately-timed sneeze - Riley finds himself CURSED. Life as he knows it quickly becomes a catalogue of disasters - from wetting himself onstage during the school show, accidentally supergluing himself to his classmates and ruining the school football team's sponsorship deal, to flooding his house and losing class 4's pet rabbit - Riley knows the bad luck is out to get him. Enter new kid: Brad Chicago. He's super-cool, well-groomed and stylish, with an excellent stationery collection. And for some reason he wants to be Riley's friend. Can Riley get rid of the curse before Brad discovers he's a walking disaster?

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ISBN: 9780702303623
Publication date: 03/09/2020
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780702303623
Publication date: 3rd September 2020
Author: Simon James Green
Illustrator: Aleksei Bitskoff
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Suitable for: 9+ readers
Genres: Humorous, School Stories

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