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The Short but Brilliant Career of Lucas Weed by Chrissie Walker.

March 12, 2018

lucas weedThe Short but Brilliant Career of Lucas Weed by Chrissie Walker. Pub. Scholastic, 2018.

New writer Chrissie Walker won the Tom Fitzgibbon Award for first published children’s novels with this out there story of a boy with the unusual name of Lucas Weed.

Many would be down trodden with a name like this and 10 year old Lucas feels the pressure. He is new at Fernwood school and is approached by bullies on the first day. Lucas has the gift of the gab so when the bullies suggest a practical joke in the classroom Lucas sets his very fertile imagination to work.

After success in four pranks and a couple of film clips on Youtube, Lucas is touching legendary status and becoming addicted with success. But is it all worth it?

Lots of silly stuff going on, super glued bums, 200 metre dashes in a girls dress with red undies on show and a meeting with the Prime Minister.

Chrissie Walker has her own style featuring highlighted words throughout the text with different sized fonts. The narration technique is unique and the action and thought processes of the characters involved, keep the reader interested.

Aimed at middle school and junior primary pupils with high boy appeal.

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