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How to Write Really Badly [Paperback]

Anne Fine
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5 July 2010

A classic children’s story from one of our best-loved authors, former Children’s Laureate Anne Fine.

Chester Howard can see Joe’s project ‘How to Write Neatly’ can only be a disaster. Joe makes a terrible mess of his work, jumbling letters and numbers up together. But a project called ‘How to Write Really Badly’ - now there’s something Joe can do better than anyone else. And Chester is about to find there’s a lot more to Joe than he expected . . .

Anne Fine’s fun school stories have been delighting children for more than 20 years, winning her awards such as the Smarties Book Award and Carnegie Medal along the way.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont (5 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405233222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405233224
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne Fine leads a double life as an author. Of her eight novels for adult readers, she describes seven as black comedies and the first, The Killjoy, as simply 'dead black'. These adult novels cause readers to squirm with mingled horror and delight as she peels away the layers in all too familiar family relationships, exposing the tangled threads and conflicts beneath. It's therefore perhaps not surprising that Anne has openly expressed astonishment at the fact that murder in the domestic setting is not more common.
A great favourite for discussions in reading groups, Anne Fine's work has been published in over forty-five languages. Despite this, she remains best known in her home country, Britain, as a writer principally for children. She has twice won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Awards, the Guardian Children's Book Prize and numerous other prizes and awards. She was the second Children's Laureate from 2001-3, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and was awarded an OBE for services to children's literature.
Anne Fine is an entertaining and engaging speaker on the subject of books and reading, and is in demand the world over for her tireless enthusiasm, common sense approach to literacy, and for the deliciously wicked humour that permeates all her writing.
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"'Screamingly funny' Herald 'Fine has a rare genius for building a funny, enriching and moving story around the nuts and bolts of school life' The Times * 'A remarkable writer' British Book News * 'Anne Fine is an author who knows how to make readers laugh' Guardian"

About the Author

Anne Fine Anne Fine is one of the UK's best-loved authors. She was the Children's Laureate from 2001-2003. She has won the Carnegie Medal twice – in 1989 and 1992 – and the Whitbread Award twice – in 1993 and 1996. She has published over 50 books for children including favourites such as Ivan the Terrible, The Angel of Nitshill Road and How to Write Really Badly. When she was young, it never occurred to Anne Fine that she might be a writer. She thought books were born on the library shelves. But Anne was good at writing stories, and she had a good deal of practice. In 1971 Anne's first daughter was born. Unable to get to the library in a snowstorm to change her library books, in desperation she sat down and started to write a novel. Clearly this was the right job for her, for she has never stopped writing for more than a few weeks since.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and intelligent 23 April 2005
By jsm999
Chester Howard (known as Howard due to a mix-up) has been to loads of schools as his mother's job takes them round the world, but he is horrified at the niceness of everyone at his latest school. They even play skipping and nominate him as blackboard monitor!
The intelligent and cynical Howard strikes up an unlikely friendship with Joe, whose only talent appears to be for writing really badly. Despite Howard's sarcastic and outspoken comments, it is Howard who uncovers Joe's secret talent, who understands just how miserable school is for Joe, and who gives him practical help which is a lot more valuable than his teacher's well-meaning but not very useful encouragement.
This is an excellent book, for 9-12 year-olds; younger readers may enjoy it (my 7-year old did) but I think some of the humour, especially Howard's sarcasm, is more likely to be appreciated by older readers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars H.T.W.R.B 21 Nov 2008
A Kid's Review
We thought this book was really interesting, especially the way Joe writes. Howard Chester, Chester Howard is cool, clever and cunning and Joe Gardner is just.....well......a little (DUMB).
We would recommend this book to anyone especially years 3,4, 5 and 6.

Year 5 and 6 Ysgol Llanfair D.C - North Wales
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok 24 May 2014
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it was ok. it was boring at times and the best other times.
I recommend this book to a child that can read a book that has about 90 pages without getting bored.

I enjoyed chapters 2+7 as they were quite exiting
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4.0 out of 5 stars TOO SHORT 16 Feb 2014
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this book was very good but very short and that's why I didn't give this a give about a boy who changes school a lot and likes a particular one
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny 18 Jan 2014
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Warm, funny, brilliantly written. Particularly good for primary school boys who are feeling like weak readers and need some company
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended read 24 Nov 2013
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Those of us with different wiring will understand this book completely! To close to the truth, which increased it's hilarity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favourite story books 14 May 2013
By Funky
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This is a fabulous book. It is told from the view point of the main character, Chester Howard. He is so sarcastic - my son loved it.
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