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Word Nerd

Word Nerd
Written by Susin Nielsen
Andersen £7.99
ISBN: 978-1783444601

Twelve-year-old Ambrose Bukowski is a misfit. With a severe peanut allergy, an overprotective mother and daily bullying at school, Ambrose has it tough.

Shocked by the death of his father and his own near-death experience, caused by the three bullies spiking his sandwich with a peanut, his mother decides to home-school him and his life starts to improve. His huge passion for Scrabble and a chance meeting with his new neighbour, ex-drug addict Cosmo, also a Scrabble lover, who has just returned home from prison, gives him a chance to shine. Cosmo and Ambrose start attending the local Scrabble club, where, not only does he excel, but he also makes new friendships and his self-esteem begins to soar.

However, keeping this a secret from his mother proves too difficult and, when it all goes dangerously wrong, his new-found confidence is threatened. Ambrose is a funny, endearing narrator and you are willing him on to succeed throughout this beautifully written, moving story.
Nicole Jordan


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