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An original, unusual and fascinating collection of short stories from multi-award winning author, Anne Fine.

Everyone thinks they know what it's like, going to school. But have you ever wondered what life must be like at a boarding school? A school for young offenders? A school for the blind? With her trademark humour, insight, sensitivity and razor-sharp wit, Anne Fine explores these different worlds in a short story collection that will fascinate young readers.


These ten stories are engaging and funny, written in brisk, uncomplicated prose that will appeal to any reader

Josh Lacey, Guardian

The writing is elegant and crisp throughout. Heartstrings are pulled with no trace of sentimentality. I think readers of this book, whether they go to boarding school or not, will love it for the light it sheds on an experience which can be painful for many children

Adele Geras, Awfully Big Reviews

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    December 1, 2014

    Corgi Childrens

    208 pages

    RRP $15.99

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  • EBook


    October 9, 2014

    RHCP Digital

    208 pages

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Also by Anne Fine

War Girls
Blood Family
The Killer Cat Runs Away
A Shame To Miss Poetry Collection 2
A Shame To Miss Poetry Collection 3
Trouble in Toadpool
The Twelve Dancing Princesses: A Magic Beans Story
Magic Beans: A Handful of Fairytales from the Storybag
The Devil Walks
The Diary Of A Killer Cat
The Killer Cat's Christmas
A Shame to Miss Poetry Collection 1
Our Precious Lulu
The Stone Menagerie
Eating Things on Sticks
Killer Cat's Birthday Bash
Fly in the Ointment
Killer Cat Strikes Back
The Road of Bones
The More the Merrier
Round Behind The Ice House
On the Summerhouse Steps
Charm School
Frozen Billy


Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories
The Getaway: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK12)
Alice-Miranda in Hollywood
Magisterium: The Silver Mask
Fish In A Tree
Ranger's Apprentice 11: The Lost Stories
The Lost Hero: The Graphic Novel (Heroes of Olympus Book 1)
Looking for Alibrandi
The Terrible Plop
Let It Snow
Paper Planes
Starting School
The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner
Father Christmas’s Fake Beard
Lyra's Oxford
Hetty Feather's Christmas
On the Day I Died
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