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‘In Louis, Pete Johnson has created a boy who makes you laugh out loud.’ 
The Sunday Times





‘You really care about the characters and want to know how Louis’s adventures will pan out – while you laugh your socks off at the same time.’
The Book Trust





‘Pete Johnson is the unsung hero of entertaining writing, delighting both the proficient and reluctant reader.’
Ink Pellet


 

TOP OF THE CLASS
Pete's most popular books in schools



TRAITOR
Exciting thriller acclaimed for its anti-bullying themes. A highly popular class reader.

‘Pete Johnson’s skilfully written dialogue taking us into the story on the first page.’ 
The Bookseller

Book Club notes available on Traitor page.

 

 


HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS
Best-selling comedy about ‘parent fatigue,’ introduces Pete’s most popular character - Louis.
A highly popular class read.

Children who read it will chortle away, feel better about themselves and have lots of jokes to tell.’
The Sunday Times

 

 


THE GHOST DOG
Award-winning spooky tale about the power of imagination. A big favourite and great stimulus for creative writing.

‘An incredibly enjoyable book … from a very accomplished writer.’
Books for Keeps

 


HOW TO UPDATE YOUR PARENTS
Highly topical comedy about technology and social media addiction. Already proving a favourite with book groups.

‘How to Update your Parents provides a fresh outlook on the subject … in a thoroughly entertaining way.’
Lovereading4kids

 


DIARY OF AN (UN)TEENAGER
Brilliantly observed comedy about becoming a teenager. A highly popular class reader, great for reluctant readers.

‘This is a very promising look at the slightly uncomfortable transition phase between childhood and adolescence. A compelling read.’
Book Trust

 

 


TRUST ME, I'M A TROUBLEMAKER
Award-winning comedy about Archie, who thinks he’s too ‘mature’ for school. All the pupils find him unbearable especially Miranda, the class trouble-maker. Widely regarded as one of Pete’s best comedies.

‘This is a cleverly crafted, fast-flowing comedy and the more subtle lessons in growing up and trying to change people won’t be lost either.’
Carousel

 

 


AVENGER
Award-winning thriller about bullying – interesting follow-up to ‘Traitor.  A gripping, challenging read.

‘This is a powerful tool for considering the causes of inadequacy and bullying and how bullies and their victims can both face them and conquer them.’
Book Trust

 

 


MY PARENTS ARE OUT OF CONTROL
What happens when your parents ask for tips about being cool? Much-loved Louis comedy – a big hit with pupils – and adults. Yields great discussions.

‘A brilliant look at family life today. A hilarious story which will appeal to boys and girls alike.’
Parents in Touch


Book Club notes available on ‘My Parents Are out of Control’ page.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

BOOK OF THE MONTH: ‘AWESOME’
‘LAUGH OUT LOUD FUN FROM THE DEVASTATINGLY
FUNNY
PETE JOHNSON’ Sunday Times

When Ben MacBean is mistaken for someone famous, he isn’t invisible anymore to the girl of his dreams. So there can’t be any harm in Ben playing along for a while . . . can there?

‘My son has dyslexia and AWESOME was a great quick read to ignite his interest in reading. Thank you, Pete Johnson.’
A Five star Amazon review

Read more about Awesome here

MORE FAST, FUNNY READS FROM BARRINGTON STOKE, including the acclaimed (UN)TEENAGER stories . . .

‘DIARY OF AN (UN)TEENAGER’
‘My thirteen year old reluctant reader read it from cover to cover in one read. He has asked me to get him the sequel. ‘RETURN OF THE (UN)TEENAGER.’
A Five star Amazon review

‘RETURN OF THE (UN)TEENAGER’
Looking for something to entice a reluctant reader … this is the book to choose.’ Bookworm

‘SIX HOURS’
My child is 11 years old and has found it very difficult to get into reading. ‘Six Hours’ was read within 48 hours. Now progressed on to different Pete Johnson books… Brilliant.’                  
Five star Amazon review

‘MATE MATCH’
I am almost 18 and I have dyslexia. I really enjoyed this.’
Five star Amazon review

PETE JOHNSON IS THE UNSUNG HERO OF ENTERTAINING WRITING THAT DELIGHTS BOTH THE PROFICIENT AND RELUCTANT READER.’
Ink Pellet

 
‘MY PARENTS ARE OUT OF CONTROL’ WAS SO
FUNNY I NEARLY CRIED WITH LAUGHTER.’
Jasmine, Waterstones Review

APRIL BOOK OF THE MONTH:
‘MY PARENTS ARE OUT OF CONTROL’

Louis’s parents ask him for tips on being cool. Then Louis’s dad turns up at his school dressed up as a gangster rapper.

Time for Louis to take action – and fast.

‘Great family based adventure with plenty of humour – very highly recommended.’
Sjhigbee

‘I could hear my 9 year old son laughing loudly from his bedroom reading this. He loves the Louis series.’
Amazon review

‘It had me laughing out loud every other page.’
Wondrous Reads


‘You will laugh your socks off.’
Book Trust

‘Pete Johnson is a hilarious writer.’          
Mail on Sunday

 

Collect all the ‘Louis the Laugh’ books:  
‘How to Train Your Parents,’ ‘My Parents Are Out of Control,’  ‘My Parents are Driving me Crazy,’  ‘How to Update Your Parents,’ and ‘How to Fools Your Parents.’ Click the covers below for more information.

‘These Louis books have got my Year 11 year old reading . . . Well done, Pete Johnson!’ Amazon review
 

THE CRUCIBLE CELEBRATIONS
READING FOR PLEASURE
- AND MINDREADER MAGIC

Pupils from twelve schools packed into The Crucible in Sheffield on Friday 22nd March. They had all come to hear Pete talk about his most popular titles in Sheffield – the LOUIS books, of course, and THE GHOST DOG, TRAITOR AND THE VAMPIRE BLOG.

Pete also introduced them to his new, acclaimed MINDREADER trilogy – with magical tales of a crystal which has the power to ‘overhear’ anyone’s most secret thoughts.

This was followed by a book signing which lasted for nearly two hours!

Pete says, ‘I was thrilled to be invited back to Sheffield by the School Library Service. They are devoted to the promotion of reading and really care about books, story telling and their readers.

‘The audience at my event were so engaged and enthusiastic, listening intently to me for over an hour. While their questions were highly original and showed a keen understanding of my work which, of course, cheers the heart of any author!

‘A really huge thanks to Jayne, Claire and the School Library Service team and to Abby, from Award and all the super teachers and pupils I met!’

‘I just wanted to thank you for organising such a wonderful event. The children absolutely loved meeting Pete Johnson. It was lovely.’
Sharrow Primary School


Pete with the School Library Service team

‘These post it notes show how many kids bought a book and had it signed by the fantastic Pete Johnson. My job is made extra special when I can see the children’s happy faces and see that we are making a difference to their lives.’

Claire South
Senior Schools and Young People’s Library Officer, Sheffield.

 

 
Pete with Mrs Jayne Kennedy and Mrs Betty Conboy,
Literacy Co-ordinator at St. Teresa’s Primary School, Harrow.

Pete says: ‘What an inspiring visit. Many thanks to St. Teresa’s and The Harrow School Library Service.’


 
LATEST REVIEW OF
‘MINDREADER:THE CRYSTAL
‘Typical of Pete Johnson’s writing, this has an exciting, fast-moving plot-line that will keep the pages turning – and Matt is a thoroughly, recognisable character, even in this extraordinary situation. Great fun.’
Andrea Reece, LoveReading4kids

Click the cover for the full review.


 
 My son has SEN and as a consequence isn’t a reader. I’m always after something that will grip him. And HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS certainly has. He thinks it’s good and very funny, even wants the rest in the series. Fait accompli.’ Latest Amazon review 30 Nov 2018 
 
THE BOOK TRUST ASKS
WHAT TO READ AFTER ‘DIARY OF A WIMPY KID?’

Which books will provide ‘more fuel for their reading fire’?
Among the top suggestions – from NORFOLK EDUCATION AND LIBRARY SERVICE:

‘THE FUNNY BOOKS BY PETE JOHNSON’

 HOORAY!
But which ONE would you recommend to read first?
Here are a few suggestions . . .
(click a cover to find out more)

 
 AMAZING PROMOTION FOR NEW MINDREADER TRILOGY: Hive celebrate the launch of the three MINDRREADER books by offering each title for just £4.29 (normal price £5.99)  CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE
 
 HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS is laugh out loud funny and keeps you engaged until the end. This is the best comedy book I have ever read and I want to read the whole series.’ Amazon review - Five stars
 

 

  "It was a fabulous event – my best ever launch." Click here for Pete's blog about the launch of MY PARENTS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY’ at The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.  

 

Pete’s all-time favourite children’s book is ‘101 Dalmatians’ by Dodie Smith, so he is delighted to have his picture taken at The Spotted Dog in Flamstead.
 
     
 

 
 
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