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Stuff Happens : 3 Books for You


stuff-happens-ethanBy: Oliver Phommavanh

Ethan doesn’t really fit in. He likes to read more than play sports. Somehow he finds a friend who likes DinoRiders books as much as he does. Then something happens and Trent stops wanting to hang with Ethan and talk about books. Ethan is devastated, he’s lost his only friend. Then a school project means he has to work with others in his class and somehow Ethan learns that friendship comes in different forms and sometimes needs to be worked at.

Publisher: Puffin

Published: 28th January 2015

Format: Paperback, 91 pages

Key Words: School, Friends

ISBN: 9780143308171


stuff-happens-fadiBy: Scot Gardener

Fadi is the biggest kid in his class, being big isn’t easy, especially when you can be a little clumsy with it. Fadi also plays rugby, but when tackling is banned at school, Fadi breaks the rules and breaks someone’s arm. His family rally around him though and Fadi learns another skill that hopefully will help him fit in better and maybe he will surprise not only himself but others too.

Publisher:  Puffin

Published: 28th January 2015

Format: Paperback, 86 pages

Key Words: School, Dance, Sport

ISBN: 9780143308126


stuff-happens-harryBy: Alex Mc Diarmid

Harry has his comfort zone, he likes things just the way they are. Harry has decided he doesn’t want to be good at anything simply because when you are you draw the attention of teachers and other kids. Harry doesn’t want any sort of  attention. His plan was working until he painted all over another students drawing. Stupid art class project, getting him into so much trouble.

Publisher: Puffin

Published: 29th July 2015

Format: Paperback, 90 pages

Key Words: School, Imagination, Art

ISBN: 9780143308959

This series is a great series written about characters who are easily relatable, with school problems any student can have. Even just life issues that have to be dealt with as you face growing up. Each author has their own approach and together it presents the reader with an easily readable series full of simply life experience lessons and fun.


By: Oliver Phommavanh

Johnny Khamka has a problem. Actually he has more than one but the biggest one is how to get his childhood bestie, Josie, to take him out of the friend zone and into something more. Johnny is a funny guy though and that has to count for something , doesn’t it? Than a comedy competition for class gives Johnny his best opportunity yet. Surely if he nails it Josie will see him in a different light.

With a little success under his belt Johnny decides now is the time to take his comedy more seriously. His dad though, is acting strange about it all and things are changing with his mates. Comedy is a treacherous minefield though and just when he most needs to be on the top of his game he may be in danger of bombing out and not being funny at all.

This is a book that touches on one of those awkward moments of growing up, bridging that friend to dating gap. Johnny is an appealing character, his uncertainty is universal and very believable. Phommavanh capture not only the awkwardness of that age, the situation and the feel of a big extended family environment. The tension between Johnny and his father through this is a nice touch. The other characters ground Johnny’s story, giving it a wonderful depth. If you are looking for something very entertaining with more than a dash of humour, then pick this up and give it a go, you’re likely to be pleasantly surprised.

Suggested reading age – 12+

Publisher: Puffin

Published: 21 March 2012

Format: Paperback 204 pages

Categories: Fiction, Humour

ISBN 13: 9780143306511

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page

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