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Love your weirdness

My new novel for 9-12s – How Not To Be Weird – is out this month. (Happy face!)HNTBW cover Dawn McNiff

My main character is nearly-12 year old, Woody. Poor old him – he’s completely had ENOUGH of being nicknamed Weirdy by some mean girls at his primary school. Now he’s starting secondary school, he just wants to be ‘normal’ and blend in. 

Easier said than done when his loud, hippy mum drives around dressed as a sheep (for her job as a children’s entertainer) and insists on buying Woody granny clothes from the charity shop. His naughty dog, Gooner, doesn’t help either by getting up to super-embarrassing stuff all around town. And then there are Woody’s OWN quirky, weirdy habits to deal with.

But he’s determined, and makes himself some strict ‘un-weirding’ rules. He’s on a mission to become a brand new boy… Hmmm. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, I don’t want to give away the story, but needless to say, there’s a tad of trouble ahead for our Woody. And maybe – just maybe – weirdness isn’t such a bad thing after all…:-)


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