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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT WHAT PETE’S READING, INCLUDING TWO FAVOURITE AUTHORS FROM HIS CHILDHOOD – AND THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY HE COULDN’T PUT DOWN. 
 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE LOUIS THE LAUGH BOOK?
To help you decide, readers have nominated . . .

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS

‘I bought this for my nine year old girl and she’s spent the past few days with her head buried in it, snoring and chuckling away. I have had her read a few pages to me. It’s well written and very engaging. And, of course funny.’                                          
wswhisper Top 100 Reviewer

‘This book is laugh out funny and keeps you engaged until the end. I would recommend the book to 12 year olds. It’s filled with jokes right from the beginning to end. This is the best comedy book I have ever read and now I want to read the whole series.’                     
P.L. Ellis Amazon

‘I love this book because it is so relatable… it is so good to read when you are feeling down. There are so many jokes and funny stories.’ 
Leahac age 11.Toppsta

MY PARENTS ARE OUT OF CONTROL

‘I loved this book. I loved the ending and I am glad you gave me the tips. Louis definitely worth 5 stars rating and for children who like funny and happy books.’                              
Sam Kelsall. Amazon

The strength in Johnson’s writing is that he addresses a lot of the major concerns most 12 year olds are experiencing – so this isn’t a children’s story where the adults are somehow airbrushed out of the picture. Indeed more of the humour in the story comes from Louis’s interactions with his parents… Very highly recommended.’               
Sjhighee Amazon

‘A hilarious story which will appeal to boys and girls alike.’
Parents in Trust

HOW TO UPDATE YOUR PARENTS

‘My son doesn’t like reading books but he found ‘How to Update Your Parents’ very funny . . . his teacher also thought it was very good. There are jokes in it and it is easy to read.’
Amazon, Germany

‘A rip-roaringly, hilarious adventure, featuring tears, bucket loads of snot and some very strange clothes . . . what’s not to like?’  
Book Trust

Loved this book. It was easy to read and a fun story. Kept me wanting more right to the end. Would love to read again and tell all my friends to read it.’                               
Romeo Slater age 10 Toppsta

More Louis the Laugh nominations next month!

 
‘HOW TO BECOME 13 AND KEEP YOUR CALM’
HAILED AS
‘SUPER COOL’  ‘REALLY FUNNY’  ‘THE PERFECT GIFT’
HOORAY!  Wise-cracking Marcus and fearless Tallulah are back in a new Vampire book – the fifth – and is launching exclusively in Germany!

In ‘HOW TO BECOME 13 – AND KEEP YOUR CALM’ (UK title ‘THE VAMPIRE BUSTERS.’) we also meet a new character, Chester – a very shy boy with an artificial hand. Sadly, he doesn’t have any friends – but he escapes into stories. Then one night a spooky, ghost-like figure whispers Chester’s name and materialises in his garden. Every night he returns and every night he is even more terrifying . . .

Chester is desperate – until he meets Marcus and Tallulah. They tell him they are The Vampire Busters and they believe Chester’s spooky, late night visitor -  IS A VAMPIRE.

PETE says: ‘We are launching this brand new book in Germany as a thank you to Marcus and Tallulah’s extremely loyal fans. So I wanted to  make this story a really special one!

‘Marcus and Tallulah are a little older now – but as crazy as ever – and they are on their first ever case as, ‘The Vampire Busters.’ I wanted this story to be eerie and mysterious but also very funny – and to have a touch of romance too.

‘The first person to read, ‘How to Become 13 and Keep Your Calm’ was my brilliant editor. She wrote, ‘I did enjoy this as it gave the chance to bring in likeable, new characters, and to show how Marcus has developed.  Marcus is pretty cool now – a hot dude in fact.’

‘But what do Marcus and Tallulah’s fans think? I can’t wait to find out . . . ’

THE FIRST REVIEWS FROM GERMANY

‘Super Cool, really funny and comfortably spooky. We love this series.’ Book Hook                                                                                                                                                          

‘This Pete Johnson series is cool. My kids love his books. So the new volume, ‘How to Turn 13 and Keep Your calm,’ was a must-read for us and we were not disappointed. THE PERFECT GIFT.’ Louve 74                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
‘I found this story really good and very interesting – as an older reader I really enjoyed the story.’ (Amazon)      

‘It is written in a very captivating way and it is good to read how the outsider and the bullying victim, Chester, finally develops more self confidence and even finds a girlfriend, thanks to his vampire hunter friends, Marcus and Tallulah. A FULL READING RECOMMENDATION FROM ME.’ Uschi, Amazon review

‘We thought the story was really well told and very exciting…’ net galley de – Angelike A

‘The author describes Chester’s emotional state so that I was able to put myself in his shoes. There is also a SURPRISE which I was not expecting anymore than Chester himself.’ Ulrike. Amazon

‘Once again the author manages to engage young readers with a lot of humour.’ Miss Marple 64

‘Best Children’s Entertainment.’ net galley Anja B

I liked That Chester was very shy at the beginning but then thawed out over time. This certainly gives courage to many children who are a bit shy. The main characters of the book are portrayed very sympathetically.’ Jojo, Amazon

‘Written in a flowing and captivating way with lots of wit and humour … a really great book in a diary form which will also delight reading buffs.’ Sonja Wiencke

’I loved this book and it was great fun to read it. Great story and somehow different too.’ Leseratte

PRAISE FOR THE MARCUS AND TALLULAH VAMPIRE SERIES

‘Puberty with a difference, weirder, scarier, more exciting.’ book ecstatic

‘Totally weird, funny and extraordinary, entertaining and simply great.’ Radio Euroherz

‘This series of books is something for everyone. I can even recommend it for those who are not interested in vampires.’ Mermaid Magic (Blog)

‘Racy, entertaining and full of typical puberty moments.’ book ecstatic

‘The characters are all really well developed...’ Bianca’s Book Heaven

 

THREE MARCUS/VAMPIRE BOOKS ARE
LAUNCHING IN GERMANY IN MARCH


The Marcus/Vampire Blog books mix comedy and horror, with a dash of romance. In the first book THE VAMPIRE BLOG Marcus makes a shock discovery on his 13th birthday – he is about to transform into a half- vampire. Three sequels have followed.

The books have achieved their biggest popularity in Germany, where they are known as the ‘HOW TO BECOME 13’ series.

NOW EXCLUSIVELY IN GERMANY A BRAND NEW MARCUS BOOK – THE VAMPIRE BUSTERS  - launches in March as HOW TO BECOME 13 AND HOLD YOUR NERVE.

Marcus is so well liked in Germany that alongside the new title are two spin-off titles: ‘THE MARCUS FRIENDSHIP BOOK’ and ‘THE MARCUS VAMPIRE ACTIVITY BOOK’ (pictured below).

Pete says, ‘This is Marcus’s most exciting month in Germany with three new titles coming out together.’

 

 

BOOKS TO CHEER, INSPIRE
AND MAKE YOU LAUGH

‘WITH THE NEXT FEW MONTHS LOOKING JUST AS UNSURE AS THE LAST FEW, THEN A LITTLE ESCAPISM AND LAUGHTER ARE JUST WHAT OUR KIDS NEED . . . I THOROUGHLY RECOMMEND PETE JOHNSON’S LOUIS THE LAUGH SERIES TO KEEP THEM LAUGHING THROUGHOUT.’               
Books for Tweens - How Felicity Finds

THE LOUIS THE LAUGH SERIES


My son could not put this book down and finds it very funny. (All I could hear was giggling) It also made for fun conversations. about what he would do to train us. Now his friend is reading it, and I am told is enjoying it just as much as he is.’
Amazon review 2020

‘I loved this book and I am glad you gave me the tips, Louis. Definitely worth a 5 star rating and for children who like funny and happy books.’
Amazon review 2020
     

My son loves this book. Kept quoting parts of it.
Amazon review 2020

‘My 10 year old loves it. Fun and educational for both parents and children and that can’t be bad.’
Amazon review 2020
   

‘Fabulous, so funny, can’t put if down and have read it several times now.’
TOPPSTA review            

Profound commentary about having confidence in simply being ourselves, presented with disarming humour in a new tale about Louis the Laugh, the aspiring schoolboy comedian.’
ACHUKA      

     
AND DON’T MISS THESE MUCH LOVED TITLES
Written in Pete Johnson’s accessible style yet totally different to ‘How to Train Your Parents.’  A gripping and occasionally chilling tale about children standing up to bullies. Highly topical and hard to put down. Great for adults and kids to read.’
Amazon review
A haunting and captivating read which will keep you hooked to the end.’
Book Trust

Click the cover to read Pete’s new article – Twenty Five Years of  ‘The Ghost Dog.’

Phantom Fear
‘Finally a vampire book with a witty male lead for middle grade kids to love and laugh at. I really loved ‘The Vampire Blog.’ Pete Johnson is such an amazing author, funny, witty, scary and addictive.’
Amazon review                        
     
‘This is a cleverly crafted, fast flowing comedy and the most subtle lessons in growing up and trying to change people won’t be lost either.’
Gil Roberts, Carousel 
‘This is a thoroughly goodhearted and entertaining book with lots of humour and witty dialogue. Fast and funny . . . a thoroughly enjoyable read.’
The School Librarian
 
 

MY TIPS ON HOW TO WRITE A HORROR STORY
by Pete Johnson

Facing the blank page. Is this the part you dread most? Well, you are not alone. So does every other single writer.

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO GET STARTED?
My suggestion – Warm up first.
Each day I start off by scribbling down notes, half sentences, maybe a couple of lines of dialogue. It doesn’t matter, but the great thing is I have begun.

WARM UP EXERCISE
Jot down FIVE spooky sounds. For instance:
How about a sudden scream?
A wail?
A yell for help?
What about animal noises?
Have sounds ever scared you?

And then you might think about when you heard a particular noise. For instance, a cough might not sound very frightening. But how about, though, if you were alone in a house late at night when you suddenly heard a cough erupt out of the darkness?

Now you are also thinking about setting. So next imagine you are running through a churchyard at night. What might you see, hear and smell? This leads you to a vital ingredient of any horror story.

ATMOSPHERE
So the more vividly you can picture your setting – whether it’s an isolated house or an eerily silent wood – the scarier your story will become.

A TIP
Weather can really help to build up atmosphere.
Think for instance, of a morning covered in thick fog or one of those winter afternoons when it turns dark all at once.

ANOTHER TIP
You do not have to write your story chronologically. You can have what I call a ‘trailer opening.’ This is when you begin in the middle or even at the end of your story. You pull the reader in right away because it is so dramatic and exciting.

EXAMPLE
‘The first time I only saw its face.
It had evil red eyes.
Blood poured out of its mouth.
It was the ugliest, most horrible thing I had ever seen.
And I’d brought it to life.’

These are the opening lines of my book, THE GHOST DOG,’ hopefully grabbing your attention right away. The Ghost Dog doesn’t appear then for more than twenty pages, but I’ve given you a strong hint of the horror waiting for you.

MORE READING
I also used the trailer idea in THE FRIGHTENERS.’ See also the opening to the first of the Twilight books.

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 GREAT NEW COVERS FOR
LOUIS THE LAUGH IN GERMANY
On February 1st 2021, arsEdition gives the Louis the Laugh books a dynamic new look. ‘These covers are so zany and friendly and Louis looks full of fun,’ says Pete. ‘I’m thrilled with them.’

‘HOW TO TRAIN YOUR PARENTS’

‘MY PARENTS ARE OUT OF CONTROL’
   

‘MY PARENTS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY’

‘HOW TO UPDATE YOUR PARENTS’
 
 
IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN
‘HOW TO TURN 13 AND MUTATE INTO A SUPER HERO’ LAUNCHES IN GERMANY
(‘Vampire Bewitched’ in UK )

‘With a lot of humour and excitement the reader is once again in the middle of the action. The latest adventure impresses with an exciting story, horror and action as well as wonderfully bizarre and personable characters’

'The ''How to Turn 13" series makes you want more, because after each final showdown, a little door remains open for more adventures and secrets.'
Amazon, Germany.

 
Published in Germany on June 29th
HOW TO BECOME 13 AND SAVE THE WORLD.’

Published in the UK as ‘The Vampire Fighters,’ this dynamic new presentation by arsEdition has found this comedy horror series a whole new audience in Germany.

German readers say . . .

‘Markus is a great and cool guy. He has to go through a lot – the tension begins on the first page and lasts until the end.’

‘This book pleased my 11 year old daughter and we are happy to give it a reading recommendation . . . It is a lot of fun to read the story.’

‘The continuation of an extraordinary story. Captivating and wonderfully bizarre characters. Great reading pleasure.’

 

‘HOW TO BECOME 13 – AND NOT TURN INTO AN ANIMAL’

This eagerly anticipated title launched in Germany on January 27th.  It is the sequel to the acclaimed best-seller ‘HOW TO BECOME 13 – AND SURVIVE.’

It was published in the UK as the ‘THE VAMPIRE HUNTERS.’

‘The Vampire Hunters is very exciting and I was very sad when it ended. The twist at the end is great.’ 
The Sun

‘The Vampire Hunters is another fantastingly written book by Pete Johnson. It is packed full of adventure, comedy,  laughs, intriguing characters and a little bit of blood. This is s must read.’       
Scribbler

‘I cannot recommend ‘The Vampire Hunters’ highly enough. It is an absolute delight to read – exciting, funny, a bit scary and  current.’
Library Mice

HOW TO BECOME 13 AND SURVIVE’

In addition to a funny story about a half vampire the novel also scores with suspense – and romance. Suitable for boys and girls.’
Gabriela Pagenhardt von Mainberg

‘Great reading pleasure.’    
Marion Meindi

 
 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 
 
 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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