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Book’s novel concept

- By Georgia Rossiter Creativity: Suited to kids aged seven to 15, The Crazy Life of a School Kid follows Jimmy as he finds creative ways to confront his bullies.

Shepparton teacher Chris Grant has written a book with built-in teaching aids to inspire kids to read.

Suited to children aged seven to 15 years, The Crazy Life of a School Kid follows Jimmy as he finds creative ways to confront his bullies.

Mr Grant said the book taught important lessons about bullying, while developing vocabulary and comprehens­ion.

“It’s a book that follows the everyday life of a kid, and when he goes to school, he gets picked on,” he said.

“Then he finds practical jokes, and ways to get back at the kids that are picking on him.”

Mr Grant, a teacher at Berry Street School, said he was inspired to write the book from his own difficulty with reading when he was at school.

“I know when I was a kid, I didn’t want to read at all,” he said.

“I thought I’d try to write a book to make kids want to read more and help them out.”

Mr Grant included a glossary at the back of the book, as well as quizzes for readers to complete after they finish each chapter.

“Words that little kids might be unsure about, at the back of the book it tells them what those words mean,” he said.

“If you just gave the book to a kid, they can just read it, and just ask the questions as they go.”

It also means teachers do not have to plan lessons to use with the book.

“For teachers, they wouldn’t really need to set it up, it’s already set up in the book.”

You can purchase either a physical or e-book copy of The Crazy Life of a School Kid by Chris Grant on Amazon.

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