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About Justin Christopher
And now for the truth.
Justin shares a lively, creative home with his wife, their two daughters and a scruffy dog. Before becoming an author he worked as a fridge deliveryman (cool, right?) and he also worked in a bar. He scored his dream job of becoming a radio DJ and for many mornings got to play his favourite tunes and tell bad jokes for a living. He met all sorts of celebrities, including Bieber and One Direction. He was also the original story creator for a multi-million dollar musical and has hosted TV shows. But mostly he likes dreaming up stories, playing the guitar and watching Stranger Things with his kids. (Hopper's his fav).
You'll find Justin's other books about travel, sports slang, and his earlier children's books on Amazon, under his birth name, Justin Brown. In 2020 he chose to write as Justin Christopher, his middle name. He is about to release more titles VERY soon and would love to hear what you think about Freakout Island! Based on early reviews, readers just like you, are enjoying this story.
You'll track him down on Facebook @justinchristopherauthor
Thanks so much for visiting this page. Keep creating, keep reading and keep writing!
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Five children are tricked into visiting a wonderfully magical island, which quickly becomes a hilarious and unexpected disaster. One small boy can save the day, if only he didn't have a gigantic bubble blowing out of his butt!
10-year-old Leo Wriggly lives with his mum and dad who are Professional Competition Winners. In one particularly lucky week, they win a trip for themselves and a trip for Leo to visit a brand new theme park called Friendly Island.
As his parents depart, Leo’s Aunt Margo arrives to babysit, but unlike his parents, she is a stickler for fine print and happily sends her nephew to Friendly Island 'where chronically misbehaving children are sent to correct their disgusting habits’.
Leo arrives on the island with four other children. At first, it seems like Disneyland, there are dolphin rides and monkey safaris! But there’s a catch. Each mealtime, the children are tricked into drinking a potion that transforms them. The girl who chewed her hair has grown a bird’s nest on her head. The boy who picked his nose has had his brain fall out. Another child who swore too much can now only squawk like a parrot and another girl who stole money now has hands made of glue.
And poor Leo Wriggly, whose only crime was to swallow gum, has MASSIVE pink bubbles coming out of his butt. Can this young boy save his friends before the island’s Komodo dragon eats them all for supper?
What kids are saying about Freakout Island
"The first book my two boys have both 100% invested in outside of Roald Dahl."
"I found the storyline and the main idea intriguing. The idea of getting sent to Freakout Island would be a dream and a nightmare at the same time. If I was one character in the book, I would be Leo Wriggly, because I like his habit; eating bubble gum. I think you should read this book, because it is funny, exciting, and if you like Paul Jennings, you’ll love this."
Theo Key, 12
Freakout Island is, put simply, a marvellous book. It seems to be made of a wonderful concoction of heart, humour, and sheer unfiltered happiness, all held together by a copious amount of pink bubble-gum. I laughed, gasped, and worried about the characters’ fates, and I loved every second of it.
Hi, I’m Toby and I want to get something straight. What you’re about to read is NOT a diary. Diaries smell like strawberry bubblegum and have stupid little locks that are easy to open. This is a logbook, the sort sea captains and pilots and astronauts write. Someone will probably find it in a pirate’s chest in a hundred years.
It’s NOT a diary. Remember that.
Anyway, there are some other things you need to know. I love sport and I hate school. My sister is the most annoying person in the world and my friends Jonesy and Hughsey are the coolest. I also think the GameBox V3 is the best video game EVER. Guess what? Dad has agreed to buy me one - but there’s a catch: I have to get 20 wickets and 10 tries by the end of the season.
But then a new kid arrives at my school. His name is Malcolm McGarvy and he’s got legs that look like they were stolen from a gorilla. He lives with his uncle and is allowed to stay up ALL night! Here’s the problem. McGarvy is also good at sport, but he doesn’t care about winning. He just wants to stop ME from getting the Gamebox V3.
Welcome to MY BEST, WORST YEAR.
What people are saying about the book:
An absolute cracker of a book. Hugely funny, creative and ticked all the boxes with my youngsters. Cries out for a sequel, with Toby, Jonesy, Hughesy and Supermarket. Brilliant!
James Russell, author of the Dragon Brothers Books
A laugh out loud tale for all sports lovers! Cricket & rugby are key themes but Toby loves all sports, is loyal to his mates, and is a likeable character.
Adele Broadbent - from Goodreads
My 8-year-old sports-mad son loved this book as he recognised many of the sports players. Funny, age, appropriate humour and short chapters make it an easy read.
Jenny - Goodreads