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  • Published: 15 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9780552167031
  • Imprint: Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99
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School's Out!




Jack Sheffield delights with the ups and downs of village life in another year at Ragley-on-the-Forest school

As the new school year begins, Jack Sheffield prepares for an even more eventful year than usual. A new teacher is appointed, and before long tongues start to wag.

Meanwhile, five-year old Madona Fazackerly makes her mark in an unexpected way, life changes dramatically for Ruby the caretaker and, in the village Coffee Shop, Dorothy Humpleby plans a dirty weekend.

It’s 1983 - the era of the new CD player, Microsoft Word, the McDonalds McNugget, cabbage patch dolls, the threat of a miners’ strike and a final farewell to the halfpenny piece.

Jack has to manage a year of triumph and tragedy…

  • Pub date: 15 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9780552167031
  • Imprint: Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Jack Sheffield

Jack Sheffield was born in 1945 and grew up in the tough environment of Gipton Estate, in North East Leeds. After a job as a 'pitch boy', repairing roofs, he became a Corona Pop Man before going to St John's College, York, and training to be a teacher. In the late 70s and 80s, he was a headteacher of two schools in North Yorkshire before becoming Senior Lecturer in primary education at Bretton Hall near Wakefield. It was at this time he began to record his many amusing stories of village life. He lives in York and Hampshire.

Visit his website at www.jacksheffield.com

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Praise for School's Out!

“School and village life is painted with compassion and an exquisite sense of detail, deftly balancing humour and tragedy.”

Choice magazine

“A wonderful, nostalgic trip to the era of Cabbage Patch dolls and the introduction of CD players.”

Good Book Guide


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