The Long Class Goodnight (Sammy J, Five Mile)
Comedian Sammy J is a natural storyteller, and his debut children’s novel is a testament to his ability to craft an entertaining tale. This first title in a planned series tells the story of Justin Monaghetti on his first day of high school—a day that starts with his parents confessing to him over breakfast that he is, in fact, a loser. Justin is determined to defy his destiny, and his trusty pair of wedgie-proof underpants are just the first trick he has up his sleeve. What follows is a rollicking tale full of comedic gold, which will have middle-grade readers roaring with laughter and rooting for Justin. This book is especially suited to fans of Morris Gleitzman and Andy Griffiths, and will appeal to avid and reluctant readers alike. It’s also one that adults will enjoy just as much as the kids. Its greatest feat is that it manages to be silly but also insightful and heartfelt, touching on themes about the importance of creativity and friendship. Hilarious and captivating, The Long Class Goodnight is sure to be a breakout hit for the middle-grade market in 2018.
Karys McEwen is head of library at Glen Eira College in Melbourne