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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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

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MINDREADING MAGIC COMES TO THE CRUCIBLE THEATRE

The Sheffield School Library Service are, in collaboration with Pete’s publisher, organising a celebration of reading for pleasure, highlighting the MINDREADER books, which have been especially recommended for reluctant readers.

The venue for this dynamic event with Pete is the world famous Crucible Theatre.

Pete says, ‘I am so excited to be invited back to Sheffield by the brilliant School Library Service. And how super to be at The Crucible Theatre again.’

The date for the MINDREADER event is March 22nd. It is being supported in Sheffield by a writing competition.
  


 
  PETE’S TWO FUNNIEST BOOKS
ABOUT TEEN LOVE
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

‘FAKING IT’

‘Faking It is a great read. It contains lots of amazing incidents and funny phrases. The writer really understands teenage boys and portrays them really well. Faking It is just pure fun and is great to read if you need cheering up.’
Amazon review Five stars

It’s my all-time favourite book.’           Amazon review Five stars

"Pete Johnson is a wickedly funny writer, and it's a welcome change to have first steps in the dating game described from a boy's point of view."
Mail on Sunday

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‘DIARY OF AN (UN)TEENAGER’

‘Spencer wonders what on earth is wrong with friends when they start swapping Warhammer for girlfriends. It is about relationships and feelings and growing up, while remaining very light hearted and tongue in cheek.’
Amazon review Five stars

‘I bought ‘Diary of an(Un)Teenager for my 13 year old reluctant reader godson for Christmas. He read it cover to cover in one read. The first book ever read in one go for him. He even asked me to get him the sequel, ‘Return of the (Un)teenager.’
Amazon review Five stars

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TWO BOOKS TO MAKE YOU ‘LAUGH OUT LOUD’
DURING THE DARKEST WINTER DAYS
 

‘MY PARENTS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY’

The third in the much-loved Louis the Laugh books.

‘This hugely entertaining Louis the Laugh  story is one of our favourites now – hilarious of course, yet full of charm and unexpectedly touching too. The parents emerge as real characters. Another real gem from Pete. Great to read out loud too.’                
Five star Amazon review


 

‘RESCUING DAD’

‘We’d read ‘How to Train Your Parents’ and the other Louis books and weren’t sure what to read next – when my friend recommended this one.

‘A little sadder than the Louis books – but just as funny especially when they try and improve their dad! The whole family loved this poignant comedy. A real discovery.’
Five Star Amazon 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 . . .
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 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
 
WHAT’S HOT?
JUST OUT:
THE MINDREADER TRILOGY

‘I HAVE A STRANGE, EERIE, SUPER POWER . . .’

 

Meet MATT – just an ordinary school boy, until he is left a crystal which enables him to read minds. Suddenly Matt knows what everyone is thinking!

The MINDREADER trilogy are comedy adventures with a good helping of fantasy, especially recommended for fans of all the Louis the Laugh books.


THE CRYSTAL 
Matt’s crystal means he can read minds. At first he just fools about with his new super power – but then he has to save a life. Is Matt up to the challenge?

‘Pete Johnson’s books are fast paced and energetic.’

The Bookseller

         
     
 

SUPER HERO
Matt has a secret. He is an ordinary boy with a super power. He can read minds. But this time Matt’s powers are put to a real test. He will need to be extremely brave … but he knows he isn’t the least bit  brave.
So can Matt ever be a true, super hero?

‘Pete Johnson grabs you from the first page.’
Sunday Express

 

GHOSTLY WHISPER
With the help of his crystal Matt can read minds. But one day he over-hears something extremely puzzling. Suddenly he and his friends are plunged into a big mystery. Then Matt receives a terrifying message. ‘YOU ARE IN GREAT DANGER...’
Dare you read on?
Another action-filled comedy adventure.

‘Pete Johnson’s books leave readers ravenous for more.’

Achuka

     
 
 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.
 
     
 

 
 
My Parents are Out of Control My Parents are Driving me Crazy Bug Brother Diary of an (Un)Teenager The Crystal Rescuing Dad