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Book of the Month: Happyville High

Happyville High: Geek Tragedy

Written and illustrated by Tom McLaughlin

Heroic nerds are here to save the day!

From the author of the hugely successful Accidental Prime Minister comes a hilarious new series that celebrates super nerds and geeks, with all the wit and humour that kids love!

A highly recommended read for fans of funny fiction aged 9+.

To celebrate the publication of Happyville High: Geek Tragedy, we’re giving away five free copies. For your chance to win, visit our Oxford Owl Facebook page and tell us what geeky thing your child is most interested in.

Entry closes at 11.59pm on Sunday 27th May 2018.

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About the book

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Happyville High: Geek Tragedy

Tom McLaughlin

Tyler is clever. Not just averagely clever, or even just cleverer than average — she’s genius-IQ clever, and that tends to set her apart.

Her dad wants to give her a new start in a place where — according to science — they have the best chance of being happy. Enter Happyville, and a new school, Happyville High.

Happyville High might seem like the perfect school but anyone looking closely can see there’s something really strange going on. Smiling, fitting in, and being popular are prized over academic achievement, and, though at first it seems Tyler has been propelled into her own personal nightmare, she quickly stumbles upon two fellow geeks in the abandoned school library. They might be too uncool for school, but they’re the only kids with the brains to get to the bottom of what’s happening at Happyville High.

This story has a laugh on every page, as well as being a light-hearted cautionary tale for the Instagram generation and a reminder of the importance of learning and courage.

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About the author

Tom McLaughlin
Before becoming a writer and illustrator Tom spent nine years working as a political cartoonist for The Western Morning News thinking up silly jokes about even sillier politicians. Then, in 2014, Tom took the plunge into illustrating and writing his own books. Since then he has written and illustrated picture books as well as working on animated TV shows for Disney and Cartoon Network.

Tom lives in Devon and his hobbies include drinking tea, looking out of the window, and biscuits. His hates include spiders and running out of tea and biscuits.

Check out Tom’s website (www.tommclaughlin.co.uk) for more information.

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