WINNER OF TWO TOP PRIZES.
‘All I did at break time was turn into a gorilla. And you can’t tell me that’s against the school rules because it isn’t.’
Harvey and his mate Gerry set each other dares at school – just to liven things up. But then Harvey makes a truly incredible discovery. He has found a secret way to stop school ever being boring again.
‘I’ve just had the best lesson of my entire life. Sends a tingle down my spine just thinking about it.’
But soon other pupils want to join in the game – and Harvey finds his genius idea has got totally out of control . . .
‘This book is just brilliant. It is really funny, clever and exciting and completely draws the reader in.’ Jack Wilson, aged 11
‘A fantastic break from all the fantasy and angsty books I usually read.’ Megha, Good Reads
LISTEN TO A GOOD BOOK
‘Our family listened to the middle-grade book, ‘HELP I’M A CLASSROOM GAMBLER,’ by Pete Johnson on a recent trip. It had everyone from children to adults LAUGHING OUT LOUD all the way from Utah to Arizona.’ Kristen Landon, The Limit
Help! I'm a Classroom Gambler, by Pete Johnson
Harvey finds school stupendously, spectacularly, mind-blowingly BORING. So he decides to liven things up a bit.
It begins with a bet with his best mate on how many times their maths teacher, Wobblebottom, will scratch under his arms before the bell goes (NINE times!). And the prize is an ice cream.
But as gambling fever spreads and the bets get BIGGER and BIGGER, Harvey suddenly finds his genious idea has gone completely and totally . . .
OUT OF CONTROL.
WINNER OF THE LEICESTER CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD
WINNER OF THE SHEFFIELD CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD
"Perfect for over-excited children and stressed out parents … horribly well-observed, well worth buying with the reissue of Richmal Crompton's matchless Just William Stories." Amanda Craig, The Times
"Never patronising, Johnson uses humour to pack a potent message … Johnson has a keen ear for the dialogue of young teenage boys and a perceptive insight into the sometimes turbulent emotional lives of the young adolescent." School Librarian
"A hot read, specially recommended for reluctant boy readers." Sainsbury’s Magazine
". . . the constituent parts of this novel make for a real romp of a read that will leave readers ravenous for more by Pete Johnson. On concluding the novel one can’t help but wonder whether Harvey and George have learnt more practical skills and greater awareness than their prescribed school-life could ever have taught them . . . a chilling conclusion to be left pondering." Achuka Reviews, March 2006.
Alan Johnson, the Education Secretary, in conjunction with the Library Association, has compiled a list of the best books for boys, including Help, I'm a Classroom Gambler. Other books on the list range from Shane to Jeremy Clarkson's autobiography.
"Engrossing, very funny." Primary Times
"This book taps into a universal truth to hilarious effect. Every pre-teen knows school can be a bit of a bore and Pete Johnson exploits this to the full with a brilliant look at what pupils get up to right under teacher's nose." Lorna Marsh, Easter Daily Press
"Don’t worry, this book won't encourage children to gamble, though it will make them laugh. And as well as comedy value, it has some serious substance in considering the values of friendship and family relationships." Books for Keeps
"This book is just brilliant! It is really funny, clever, exciting and completely draws the reader in." Jack Wilson, aged 11
"This diary is for school kids everywhere - but no one else. So it must be kept in a safe place at all times. Do not ever (I repeat ever) allow any parents or teachers to read this book - as it will only frighten them. Thanking you in advance for your kind co-operation." Harvey