Pete Johnson is a multi-award winning author for children and teenagers. But he would never have thought of becoming a writer, if he hadn’t written a fan letter to the author of ‘101 Dalmatians’, Dodie Smith, when he was eight. Over a hundred letters followed and when Pete was twelve Dodie Smith asked him. ‘Have you ever thought of becoming a writer, because I think you’d make a good one?’ This one question, Pete says, ‘changed my whole life.’ The next ten years were full of rejection slips. But encouraged by Dodie Smith, Pete persevered. He also worked on a local paper, The Bucks Free Press, as a film critic and finally, his first book was accepted - ‘Secrets from the School Underground.’ But his first break-out hit was ‘The Ghost Dog.’ This spooky tale won the Young Telegraph Award and resulted in other acclaimed thrillers, including the prize-winning, ‘Avenger’ and ‘Traitor,’ which are regularly used in many schools. Pete’s comedies are his international best-sellers with books about Louis the Laugh – beginning with ‘How to Train Your Parents’ - now translated into twenty-nine languages. Pete’s comedies from Barrington Stoke, including ‘Diary of an (Un)Teenager’ and ‘Return of the (Un) Teenager’ and ‘Awesome’, have also built up an enthusiastic following. In 2016 Pete launched two major comedies – ‘Mate Match,’ for Barrington Stoke and ‘How to Update your Parents,’ the eagerly-awaited new Louis the Laugh comedy – for Award publications. In June 2017 Pete launched the fifth and final Louis the Laugh book, ‘HOW TO FOOL YOUR PARENTS,’ which includes a scene where Louis goes to school in his pyjamas. Pete has been made a reading champion by the Book Trust in recognition of his work in schools and libraries promoting reading for pleasure. In September 2018 Pete launches his eagerly awaited trilogy, ‘MindReader The Crystal,’ ‘MindReader Super Hero’ and ‘MindReader Ghostly Whisper.’ He describes these titles as ‘realistic fantasies with a good helping of comedy.’Read more Read less
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