The Long Class Goodnight

Sammy J

Five Mile

April 2018

$16.99 AU

248p pb

ISBN: 978-1760409531

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Justin Monaghetti is about to start his first day of high school when his dad takes him aside and informs him that he is a loser and comes from a long line of losers. As if that is not enough he provides him with a pair of German-made reinforced wedgie-proof underpants! So begins Justinís first day at Mount Willow Secondary School and with it arrives the first spit ball in the back of his head in his first class! He tries to ignore it and ends up on a detention. The torment from school bully, Wade Turner continues, and it appears he is Ďaboveí the multitude of school rules strictly enforced by school principal Dr Featherstone. Making friends with Eliza he tries to just survive the day. Meanwhile Eliza is planning on escaping the school while seemingly following the school rules to the letter. Mayhem ensues when Justin stopes the final bell of the day from ringing and thus as per the school rules, no-one can leave the school (staff or students).

This is a rapid-fire account of Justinís first, very long, day of high school with plenty of laughs along the way. Justinís struggle, Elizaís tenacity and the other characters with their own backstories, in this fun-filled story, will have readers enjoying the crazy first day. For fans of series such as Tom Gates, Barry Loser, Diary of a Wimpy Kid comes another light hearted and fun read.

Stephen, Canberra

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