The predicaments of Michael, the 14-year-old hero of Socks Are Not Enough by Mark Lowery, are similar to those of Adrian Mole, although Mole's parents never turned to naturism and life modelling, and he did not have to suffer Dealing With Feelings sessions or the attentions of an unbearably trendy child psychologist. Fortunately for the reader, the Dealing With Feelings curriculum requires Michael to record his paralysing embarrassment at his elders and his suffering at the hands of his cruel older brother and bullying swimming tutor. Mole can sleep easy in his cult hero's bed, but Michael gives us many a chuckle, a true sense of the misery of a puny teenage boy and cause for admiration at the way he handles his problems better than the professionals. --The Observer
This is a quirky and original story of a misunderstood teenager. yet, it's also very funny. We are drawn into believing in Michael's world and seeing things from his point of view. The narrative of the plot is interwoven with Michael's 'Dealing with Feelings' lessons as well as sessions with a wierd child psychologist, who has problems of his own, leading to a resolution which keeps us guessing to the end. The story is skilfully told with realistic dialogue and real humour. A great read suitable for younger readers. --Liz Dubber, Carousel June 2012
About the Author
Mark is a 30 year-old primary school teacher of Year 6. He lives and works in Cambridge.