Harvey thinks school is the most boring place on earth - and so he and his friends devise a way to help relieve their boredom. Lessons are actually quite interesting when you have more at stake than just whether you'll get through it without being sent to the head. Harvey and his fellow gamblers start to bet on how many times the supply teacher will give a nervous twitch, how often the Head will blow his nose and lots of other possible outcomes. All of a sudden, school is fun - but then the gambling craze starts to spread and Harvey realises it's all getting out of control...
A brilliant subversive look at classroom pranks and what goes on under the teacher's nose.
A hilarious school story with lots of laughs and a meaty message
Help! I'm a Classroom Gambler displays Pete Johnson's characteristic wit and strong-hold over capturing both the politics and demotic of the classroom . . . The constituent parts of this novel make for a real romp of a read that will leave readers ravenous for more by Pete Johnson
Wonderfully subversive . . . Johnson's own experience as a teacher gives this story of classroom mayhem an extra edge . . . Really funny, clever, exciting and completely draws the reader in
Every pre-teen knows that school can be a bit of a bore and Pete Johnson exploits this to the full with a brillant look at what pupils get up to right under teacher's nose - and how they can make amends when it all goes too far