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About the book
  • Published: 5 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143794752
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

A Lot of Stuff Happens




A collection of four awesome Stuff Happens books in one, from some of Australia’s favourite children’s authors!

A collection of four awesome Stuff Happens books in one, from some of Australia’s favourite children’s authors and edited by Susannah McFarlane, the concept creator behind Zac Power and Go Girl!

When stuff happens to Ned, Dale, Sean and Ethan at Monvale Primary, it’s just the everyday stuff.

You know, friendships, ghost stories, the school play, disappearing hamburgers, new teachers, singing monkeys and lions, the first day at school, flags made of underwear, living up to older brothers and sisters, warring dinosaurs.

Stuff that happens all the time!

  • Pub date: 5 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143794752
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Authors

Adrian Beck

Adrian Beck writes funny, action-packed stories for kids. Adrian produces the TV show, Kids’ WB, and has also worked on The Logie Awards, Carols by Candlelight, Prank Patrol and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Adrian is the author of the Champion Charlies series and Stuff Happens: Dale plus he co-wrote the Kick it to Nick series with AFL legend Shane Crawford. Adrian is the co-editor of Total Quack Up, along with Sally Rippin.

Andrew Daddo

Andrew Daddo has managed to have a crack at just about every aspect of the entertainment industry. He’s appeared on TV and stage, presented radio programs and podcasts, and even made movies.
Best of all, Andrew is an accomplished author. He has written 25 books including picture books, chapter books, short story collections, novels and a vague biography – he’s hard to pin down. He also talks up literacy in schools.

Oliver Phommavanh

Oliver is a young Thai-Australian writer for children. He has featured on panels at the Sydney Writers' Festival among many other appearances at festivals and writing events as well as in blogs. He has worked as a primary school teacher and now spends his time writing and sharing his writing passion with kids and engaging them with humour. He's also a stand-up comedian and has appeared on national TV and radio as well as a number of well-known comedy venues such as the Comedy Store in Sydney. His first book, Thai-riffic!, was published to critical acclaim, followed by Con-nerd, Punchlines, Thai-no-mite, Ethan in the Stuff Happens series in 2015, The Other Christy and, most recently, Super Con-nerd.

Will Kostakis

Personally, Will Kostakis is ready to catch a ball two seconds after it’s hit him in the face. Professionally, he’s thankful he’s chosen a career that requires little (if any) coordination. After dabbling in celebrity journalism and reality TV, he now writes for young adults.

His first novel, Loathing Lola, was released when he was just nineteen, and his second, The First Third, won the 2014 Gold Inky Award. It was also shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year and Prime Minister’s Literary awards.
The Sidekicks is his third novel for young adults.


Praise for A Lot of Stuff Happens

“Highly recommended. For a tome (thick book), this collection of humorous stories set in the fictitious Monvale school and featuring overlapping characters, is a quick easy read. Four separate stories combine despite separate narrators. The great thing about continuity is learning that a minor character floating in the margins of one story, like Dale . . . can have his own set of challenges and strengths when it's his turn to tell his story. Dale plans on a loser's revenge on the popular kid during the finale of the school play but his conscience gets the better of him. Ned overcomes the new teacher's incessant praise of his older siblings. Sean is the new boy desperate to make friends and prove he is responsible and Ethan learns the fine balance between fitting in and being true to his inner bookworm. Whilst Adrian Beck and Andrew Daddo aim for laughs, Will Kostakis and Oliver Phommavanh, keep pace by serving up unpredictable situations that cause upheaval, hard choices and growth. Aptly titled, 'a lot of stuff' is always happening! Of course it's the kind of stuff that happens to every student – changing schools, making friends, getting into trouble, school plays, group work, playground issues etc. These writers remember what it's like to be boys at school but more importantly the kind of boys who successfully navigate dilemmas by focusing on character strengths rather than stereotypical male masking behaviours. It helps that all four authors master their realistic dialogue and inner monologues.While a potentially good read-aloud to enjoy and discuss collectively, this book will have a strong appeal to middle primary students – enough to warrant extra copies.”

Deborah Robins, www.readplus.com.au


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