In this action-packed middle-grade novel from acclaimed author Nathan Luff, video-game fanatic Marcus must face the ultimate challenge: notorious boarding school Bad Grammar.
Bad Grammar, like a prison cell or a shopping centre on Christmas Eve, is a horrific place best avoided. If unlucky enough to serve a sentence at this remote boarding school, forget packing your toothbrush and a spare pair of undies. You’d be better off with your flamethrower and a suit of armour.
When he’s in the world of his favourite video game Dragon Warrior, Marcus is nothing short of a legend. But after his only friend moves away and Marcus is decidedly not crushing things in the real world, his parents decide to enrol him in an outback boarding school for kids who have difficulty fitting in: Bad Grammar.
It’s a place without phones or internet, where days are spent avoiding the wrath of bullies with names like Scarface, and nights are spent attempting to sleep in a hammock. Before long being a student at Bad Grammar makes Dragon Warrior look tame. Will Marcus be able to level up and survive a school like no other?
Nathan Luff grew up on a farm in rural NSW as one of five boys. His colourful upbringing is often the inspiration for the stories he tells. Nathan is the author of The Nerd Herd series and the middle grade novels Chicken Stu and Bad Grammar. In addition to writing children’s books, Nathan writes plays for young audiences and works part time as a primary school teacher specialising in creative writing and the performing arts.
A funny fast-paced book, full of outlandish characters and incidents … A recommended read for young adventurers. 4/5 stars
There are lots of laugh out loud moments, lots of gross moments and even some thoughtful ideas about friendship and belonging. It is ideal for kids looking to step up to the next level from Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate and similar novels.
Kids' Book Review
An action-packed and amusing story for younger teen boys.
Sue Baxalle and Isobel Marriner
This is a rollicking read for junior readers, fast paced and very funny. It’s a lot of fun, and is certain to be a winner with readers who are looking for the next level up from Luff’s Nerd Herd books.