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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (1 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141346299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141346298
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Phil Earle was born, raised and schooled in Hull. His first job was as a care worker in a children's home, an experience that influenced the ideas behind Being Billy and Saving Daisy. He then trained as a drama therapist and worked in a therapeutic community in south London, caring for traumatized and abused adolescents.

After a couple of years in the care sector, Phil chose the more sedate lifestyle of a bookseller, and now works in children's publishing. Phil lives in south-east London with his wife and children, but Hull will always be home.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Cardozo on 2 May 2014
Format: Paperback
I absolutely adored The Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle. I thought it was fun, funny and also really emotional and heart-wrenching. I've been a fan of Phil Earle's right from the beginning and even aimed at a slightly younger audience and with less edgy content, this is still an incredible book filled with characters and relationships that I really connected to on an emotional level.

I started this book, I have to admit, a little bit unsure. The other three books I'd read by Phil Earle have all been favourites of mine and they've all been pretty serious and emotional books. And I heard this book was meant to be more funny rather than edgy and I was feeling less confident in this change of direction. I was silly to worry. Because the same beautiful writing style and great voice that accompanied the author's previous books is still present and shining throughout The Bubble Wrap Boy.

This is Charlie Han's story, this small teenage boy who is a bit clumsy and kind of an outsider who is slightly smothered by his well-meaning but over-protective mother. Charlie's mother is a character who at first seemed really over the top and kind of a caricature of a mother and I really couldn't help but laugh at the extreme lengths she goes towards keeping her child safe, especially at the humiliation of her son. The scene where Charlie is delivering takeaway on a trike wearing every protective gear possible including being lit up in neon in broad daylight actually made me roar with laughter. But it isn't until a rather horrible scene occurs between Charlie and his classmates that I fully began to realise how awful it really must be to be in Charlie's position. It's just that he took it all in such a positive way towards the beginning of the story that had me fooled.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shazjera TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 May 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I’ve enjoyed Phil Earle’s novels (Being Billy (2011), Saving Daisy (2012) and Heroic (2013) which have all been ‘keepers’ for me) so I was excited when I was offered The Bubble Wrap Boy to review. Did it live up to my high expectations?

Charlie’s clumsiness is evident on stage during the school production of Romeo and Juliet although to be fair, if the sword … Sinus is waiting for him after Charlie’s cleared the stage and we find out that both boys are ‘outcasts’ from the social circle at school and this is the reason they gravitated towards each other.

Charlie’s quite excited to learn that he’s going to get a bike to deliver the take-out Chinese but is very disappointed when the reality doesn’t match his imagination! It’s when he’s out delivering that he sees a kid skateboard past which starts his obsession with skate boarding – and leads to his mum finding him at the park skateboarding which results in a grounding. Of course this doesn’t stop him from sneaking out to the park. I was quite indignant what the other boys did to him! Sinus is the one who takes this event and makes it into something positive. He’s been staring at walls for a purpose …

The reason why Charlie’s mum is over protective becomes clear when he takes a phone call pretending to be her … and this thread in the story might bring tears (it did for me).

Young people will identify with Charlie and Sinus. Any age reader will be reminded that it’s important to have a dream – something to aspire to no matter the obstacles. Be careful who you hurt along the way though!

Although it’s different to Earle’s previous novels, he still tackles a social issue with sensitivity, realism but also humour.

Perfect ending (had me up off my seat cheering)!

It is such a feel-good story, it’s another hit for me :)
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By Jessica Adeyemi on 24 Aug 2014
Format: Paperback
No., nothing to do with Seinfeld. A really fun and insightful book, it made me cry and it was a good break from all the heavy stuff I have to read for school. I would really recommend Phil Earle books to anyone who needs to communicate with people perhaps who are a little bit more difficult than usual, it's about treating people with respect and seeing things from a different perspective. I really appreciate this.
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