Joe Beads gets on well with his class 3B. However, he is having a problem getting through to Twagger, a sullen absentee. He's also worried about Nasim, just arrived from Pakistan feeling very friendless and very foreign. It's going to be a tricky year.
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“We’ve got a lot to answer for, teachers. We lump a load of kids together in a room and keep them there for hours on end and we expect them to do all kinds of things. We never stop to think what’s really going on in their heads.”
Mr Bead is worried. Twagger hasn’t turned up for school again; Nasim doesn’t seem to want to make friends and Sprat’s ready for a punch-up. Three loners and it may take more than just the concern of 9B’s form teacher to sort them out.
Gritty realism that’s both dramatic and poignant, from an award-winning author.About the Author:
Born in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, Berlie Doherty is the youngest of three children. She has been a social worker, a journalist, a teacher, and, for the past fifteen years, a writer.
Berlie has twice won the prestigious Carnegie Medal, for ‘Grannie was a Buffer Girl’ in 1987 and for ‘Dear Nobody’ in 1992. She lives in the Derbyshire Peak District.
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Book Description Collins Educational, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0003300579