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SALLY HARRIS grew up in rural Australia and wrote her first book when she was in Grade 4 – it was a joke book, full of some seriously corny jokes. Since then she has barely stopped writing stories and while her taste in jokes may not have improved, she likes to think that her storytelling skills have. After graduating with a Masters in Children’s Literature, Sally has been busy writing and working as a primary teacher, in both Australia and the UK, where she has endless classes of children to test out her stories on. She now lives in Melbourne and when she’s not writing, you can find her teaching, dancing, drinking chai lattes, reading children’s books and scouring the paper for unlikely news articles to turn into exciting fiction. Sally loves animals, including penguins, and if she can’t have one of those as a pet, a dog would be the next best thing.

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  • File Size: 2462 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 4, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A25GNEA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,725 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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SALLY HARRIS grew up in rural Australia and wrote her first book when she was in Grade 4 - it was a joke book, full of some seriously corny jokes.

Since then she has barely stopped writing stories and while her taste in jokes may not have improved, she likes to think that her storytelling skills have.

After graduating with a degree in Children's Literature, Sally has been busy writing and working as a primary teacher, in both Australia and the UK, where she has endless classes of children to test out her stories on.

She now lives in Melbourne and when she's not writing, you can find her teaching, running long distances, drinking chai lattes, reading children's books and scouring the paper for unlikely news articles to turn into exciting fiction. She also bakes a mean gluten free cupcake and has never exploded her kitchen cooking any popping finger buns.

Sally loves animals, including penguins, and if she can't have one of those as a pet, a dog would be the next best thing.

Her first book, the chuckleworthy Diary of a Penguin-napper was released in November 2012. Ruby Marvellous is her second book will be available in November 2013.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 7, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I found this book because it was one of the 14 books that were sampled in the current Kindle freebie Love Middle Grade Actually. I liked the sample so much that I had to download the complete book.

This is very close to being a perfect middle grade book. Our hero has to deal with all of the usual middle grade mishegoss, but everything is better when you add a stolen penguin.

More importantly, this book has a tremendous likeability quotient. There is no sourness, no ironic asides, no weary dismissals, no meanness. There are a lot of books out there that have their funny moments or snappy dialogue or cutting observations, but they are usually hobbled by some element, (a character, a plot development, some bit of business), that is so sour or mean or creepy that it detracts from the overall enjoyment of the book. (I think the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series is so successful because it too avoids these pitfalls.)

Here, our hero Marty is a beleaguered, decent, funny and engaging character for whom we are happy to root. He has a real air of authenticity, and never feels like the creation of some adult who is trying to fake a middle grade sensibility. Everyone around him - best mate Trudman, his Mom, teachers, the girl of his dreams -has character and personality, rather than just being a type. (Ms. Harris seems to have the same easy ability to create authentic young characters as does Frank Cottrell Boyce, the honored British young adult writer.) And, everything is surrounded by subtle little observations and grace notes that enhance the integrity of and the portrayal of Marty's middle grade world.

So, in a world where truly entertaining and engaging middle grade fiction is at a premium, this is a very happy find.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The first thing that grabbed me about this book was the awesome cover. My hat is off to the illustrator/designer.
The second thing that grabbed me about this book was the great story. My hat is off to the author.

It's one of those tales where a small thing in itself (the need to go to a camp) leads from one event to the next, like a snowball. From the title, you already know that there is a penguin involved. Well, that penguin is central to the story but it isn't the main focus.

The story follows the antics of Marty, who along with his best friend, Turds, embark on a simple journey to find a way for Marty to go to an overnight school excursion. That sounds simple enough ... well, it's not that easy. One thing leads to another, and much of the tale is how the kids solve the problem that they've caused while they've been trying to solve the previous problem. Lack of attention to detail in their planning, contributes to their woes. As I said, it's like a snowball that grows as it rolls.

I'm not going to fill this review with spoilers so you'll need to read the book for yourself to get any more details. But I will say that the bank scene was hilarious and written so well that the awkwardness between the characters burst from the pages.

My favourite lines are:

I freeze. I don't really want to give her my real name in case the whole thing backfires. I scan the nearby pamphlets.
"Mr Investment," I say, picking the first word that I can see that might be a surname. I could hardly pick Mr Money Manager or Mr Business Banking, now could I?

My bottom line: This is a funny, entertaining tale of two boys, a girl, and a penguin that made me laugh plenty of times. I recommend this to anyone who would like a read that makes them chuckle at the awkward circumstances kids can bring upon themselves. As a parent, I'll be on the lookout
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SchneiderMommy on February 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
When Marty gets paired up with the girl of his dreams, although she doesn't know his name, for a science trip he would do anything to go. Even if that means stealing a penguin . . .

I thought this book was absolutely adorable and hilarious! Love, love, loved it! My stepson is really excited to read it too. This is the story of how a penguin ended up in Marty's bathroom and you get to go along for the adventure. I would have to ask my stepson if this book is anything like The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, I haven't read them but he has read them all and loves them. It includes snippets from Mary's diary throughout the book which are really funny.

This book was so cute and a lot of fun to read, even for an adult. I know that kids would LOVE this! I would definitely recommend this book! It will show you EXACTLY how much trouble one little penguin can cause.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pandorasecho on March 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I won a free copy of Diary of a Penguin Napper, for my kindle. I laughed a lot in the story which combined a sense of middle school humor with some "I Love Lucy" brand of humor. It was a delight and funny but there was one problem which I couldn't get to resolve. I have an older kindle with a keypad, not a touch screen, so maybe on one of the newer ones you could pinch and stretch the screen - but on mine there were some hand written illustrations and notes which were meant to be part of the story, but which were simply too small to read on my kindle. This is one book I wish I had read in paperback.

I would recommend the book to middle school kids and anyone who loves humor like the Diary of a wimpy kid series, and I hope someday to see more from this author in my classroom.
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