AUTHOR = STEVEN HERRICK
GENRE = SCHOOL LIFE, GROWING UP, IDENTITY, FRIENDSHIP, FAMILY
INTEREST LEVEL = YEARS 7 – 9
This is a humorous and insightful verse novel about the lives of the students in a small country school. There is the usual mix of characters–outgoing, shy, sporty, academic, sad, silly and thoughtful and each has a story to tell about themselves and those around them. The verses are simple and yet clearly capture the emotions and view point of the different narrators. I particularly enjoyed a series of running jokes that threaded through the stories but was also moved by the subtler dramas which highlighted the importance of friendship, belonging and the value of leading by example, and with compassion. This novel will appeal most to readers who enjoy stories that focus on people and their thoughts and feelings. And the story behind the unusual title? Well, you’ll just have to read the book to find out. This is a 2013 CBCA Short-listed Book for Younger Readers.
Recommended (mrsk) ****