At school, at home, with sport, with mates, with parents, every day stuff happens and it doesn’t always go the way you want it to. Some of Australia’s best writers have teamed up to deliver Stuff Happens, a new Australian book series written for ordinary boys and covering ordinary ‘stuff’ that plays in the lives of our own boys too:
Jack and his buddies from Monvale Primary love a good kick at recess time, until he is whisked off to the hospital with a broken arm. Poor Fadi, who caused the injury in their self invented game of ‘You Play, You Pay’, gets a pretty severe punishment, but was it really only Fadi who was at fault? In Stuff Happens ‘Jack’ (RRP $9.99) by Tony Wilson Jack learns an important lesson about telling the truth and speaking up for what is right.
Michael is an excellent swimmer who is on his way to win an Olympic medal. His parents do all they can to support them in the pool but deep down Michael is not so sure he still loves this swimming stuff. In Stuff Happens ‘Michael’ (RRP $9.99) by Phillip Gwynne Michael is tempted to swap his speedos for a skateboard and enjoy freedom and thrill on the hill. Will he be able to find a balance between what he wants and what (he thinks) his parents want?
In Stuff Happens ‘Sean’ (RRP 9.99) Will Kostakis tells the story of Sean, who has left behind his home town Bunbury and moved with his parents to Monvale. A new school, new neighbourhood and new people, he wishes he was back at home with his two best mates. He may be a little nervous to start off with but before he knows it he’s made some great new friends and all of a sudden this new school is not that scary anymore.
Andrew Daddo knows all about stuff that happens in school too, Stuff Happens ‘Ned’ (RRP $9.99) is his hilarious tale of Ned on his first day in Year 5 at Monvale Primary. His sister used to be the school captain and his bother sports captain so he’s got a lot to live up to and to top it off his new teacher is the most horrible teacher in the whole school. First Ned and his teacher get off on the wrong food but as Ned fights to find his own spot in school he discovers Ms Lucas is not that bad at all.
To find out more about the Stuff Happens series (RRP $9.99 per book), published by Penguin Books Australia, and to order online visit www.penguin.com.au.