Richard is a boffin, a swot; he wears the clothes his mum picks for him and has a boring haircut. He seizes the chance to change when, for a brief time, the school think he has been killed. He's taken up by Steve, one of the cool in-crowd and suddenly he's Ricky, cool, sharp and a bit of a lad. Then in a wild party at his house, a fire develops and Richard has to face the consequences. He sees that he's moved from one person's image of him to another's and that neither are really him. He can't be pigeon-holed into being a boffin or Mr Cool as he's actually a bit of both. All ends happily as he learns to be himself - and he gets a girlfriend!
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Pete Johnson worked as an English teacher and a film critic for Radio 1 before becoming a full-time award-winning writer. He is well known as a writer across the age range. Pete is a popular visitor in schools and libraries. He lives in St Albans, Hertfordshire.From AudioFile:
Boffin--thats British slang for a nerd--in this case, Richard Hodgson, an overweight, insecure but witty, endearing teen. Narrator Paul Chequer is terrific as Richard, his best friend, Mouse (a fellow boffin), the cool kids, and Richards overprotective parents. After being in a serious bus accident, Richard makes up his mind to take some risks, move out of his comfort zone. He begins to experiment with what he perceives to be cool male behavior--acting out towards parents and teachers, pursuing girls, and expressing his macho side. In doing so, he learns the good and bad of being oneself. The story is believable, warm, and hilarious--perfect for young listeners of all ages. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Puffin Books, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0141315458