I'd Rather Be Famous
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For adolescents, listening to Jo Croydon reading is like listening to their best friend. The story speaks with a unique colloquial immediacy to teenagers, hooking even those - girls and boys - who don't normally listen or read. Sixteen-year-old Jennifer is trapped in a dreary job with a steady boyfriend, but knows she deserves more. As Jade, she determines to win a TV talent show. The story constantly surprises and satisfies, avoiding cliché and the obvious, and unobtrusively tackling a range of contemporary moral problems - plenty of discussion material for GCSE. Follow-up activities for schools, produced by Pete Johnson, are also available from Once Again. This company now has four unabridged Pete Johnson novels on cassette. They're all reasonably priced and addictive listening for teenagers.
(Once Again, 2 Lovell Close, Hitchin, Herts SG4 9LB tel: 0462 452925)