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Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths

Written by Maisie Chan

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Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 9+ readers Funny School Stories

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On being shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2022, Best Story, Maisie Chan said: “I am totally amazed and can't believe it! It means so much to me to be shortlisted for this particular award. I used to watch Blue Peter as a child and my children watch it, I am also so happy that Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths has made an impression. I hoped it would and for someone of British Chinese descent like me, it's a big deal to have my novel nominated for this amazing award. It's my homage to my home city of Birmingham, and I'm so happy to see a British Chinese boy on the cover of my book and that people seem to love Nai Nai, his grandmother.”


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Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths Synopsis

Eleven-year-old Danny Chung loves drawing more than anything - certainly more than maths, which, according to his dad and everyone else, is what he is 'supposed' to be good at. He also loves having his own room where he can draw in peace, so his life is turned upside down when a surprise that he's been promised turns out to be his little, wrinkly, ex-maths-champion grandmother from China.

What's worse, Nai Nai has to share his room, AND she takes the top bunk! Nai Nai can't speak a word of English, which doesn't make things easy for Danny when he is charged with looking after her during his school holidays. Babysitting Nai Nai is NOT what he wants to be doing! Before long though it becomes clear to Danny that there is more to Nai Nai than meets the eye, and that they have more in common that he thought possible ...

Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths Press Reviews

Danny Chunge Does Not Do Maths is both heartwarming and hilarious, filled with characters you'll instantly love. Sweet, exciting and endlessly funny, this is a must-read! - Jamie Smart, author and illustrator of Bunny vs Monkey

Danny Chunge Does Not Do Maths is joyful and funny and really charmed me. It's a story about discovering what makes you tick, and it's a celebration of creativity in all its forms, whether that is maths, art, comics or whatever else inspires. - Dr Hannah Fry, mathematician, author and broadcaster

Danny Chunge Does Not Do Maths is a hilarious, warm story about a boy and his grandmother and the incredible team they make together. Maisie Chan has a gift for creating unforgettable characters, both old and young. Nai Nai and her lychees, and Danny and his Druckon, are characters you'll remember forever! -- Leila Rasheed, author of Empire's End (Scholastic) and director of the Megaphone Writer Development Scheme

Danny Chunge Does Not Do Maths is SO GOOD. Danny and Nai Nai's blossoming relationship is one of the best I've read in forever. So much culture and heart in one book. And it's also very funny. - A New Chapter

Really enjoyed Danny Chunge Does Not Do Maths. Absolutely ADORED Nai Nai and Danny's connection with her ... there's that moment where the book just melts your heart - Rashmi Sirdeshpande, author of How to be Extraordinary

Danny Chunge Does Not Do Maths is wonderful! Full of heart and humour, and it brilliantly highlights the importance of being true to yourself - Katie Tsang author of Sam Wu Is Not Afraid

'Funny, heartwarming and packed with fascinating snippets of Chinese culture. I loved reading about the intergenerational relationship between Danny and his grandmother. We all need a Nai Nai in our lives' Jen Carney, author and illustrator of The Accidental Diary of B.U.G.

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ISBN: 9781800780019
Publication date: 10/06/2021
Publisher: Bonnier Books UK
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781800780019
Publication date: 10th June 2021
Author: Maisie Chan
Publisher: Bonnier Books UK
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Suitable for: 9+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Funny, School Stories

About Maisie Chan

Maisie Chan is a British-born Chinese author. She has written early reader books for Hachette and a collection of fairy tales, myths and legends in Stories From Around the World for Scholastic, as well as many stories for The Big Think: a well-being curriculum based around stories for primary school children. She also started the group Bubble Tea Writers to support and encourage new British East Asian writers in the UK. Originally from Birmingham, Maisie now lives with her family in Glasgow.

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