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  • Published: 30 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9780143304869
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $16.99


Full of the signature laugh-out-loud humour seen in his fabulously funny Thai-riffic!, Oliver Phommavanh has produced yet another totally engaging and hilarious story about finding your own special talents and having the confidence to use them.

It's one small step for nerds, one giant leap to being cool.
Mama tells me I'm gifted and talented. But I know the truth. I'm just a nerd.

Kids call me Con-nerd - half Connor and all nerd.

I'm supposed to become a doctor but i have this deep, dark secret: I want to be a cartoonist.

And all of a sudden my mega-cool comics are getting noticed at school - I might even get into a special art class. That would sure impress this girl I'm keen on . . . and it might just be my chance to show the world my true destiny.

But I'm not sure Mama will see it quite that way . . .

  • Pub date: 30 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9780143304869
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $16.99

About the Author

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 for upper primary, Thai-riffic!, was published to critical acclaim, followed by Con-nerd, Punchlines, Thai-no-mite, The Other Christy, Super Con-nerd, Natural Born Loser and, most recently, Don't Follow Vee. For younger readers he wrote Ethan in the Stuff Happens series.

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Praise for Con-nerd

“Must read. Getting geeky is no longer freaky.”

K Zone magazine

Awards & Recognition

  • Sakura Medal (Japan)

    Nominated • 2014 • Children's Book

  • REAL Children's Choice Awards

    Shortlisted • 2016 • Older Readers

  • YABBA Children's Choice Awards

    Shortlisted • 2106 • Fiction for Older Readers

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