No Ordinary Excuse

‘I put on my imaginary thinking cap. Mine is a hot pink, domed helmet with purple lightning bolts on the sides. It pulls down from a long spring coil above my bed… So with my cap in place, I started thinking of possible homework excuses. Maybe I could tell Miss Haven that I’d spent the last two weeks under alien hypnosis and they’d erased any memory of a school project…’

Meet twelve year old Gemma Martin. She wants to be an actress, but school is getting in the way. Gemma has used all of the usual excuses to avoid her homework, but this time she’s facing serious consequences and must rely on her vivid imagination to create the most extraordinary homework excuse ever. Initially, Gemma’s stolen project story skyrockets her popularity, but it isn’t long before things start to spiral out of control and Gemma is headed for disaster. No Ordinary Excuse is the story of how our biggest mistakes are often our greatest teachers.

Michelle Adams is not of the modern, fast-paced world. She exists in a realm where everyone has enough time to hear a good story, and the joy of growing and cooking your own food is the norm. Neighbours trade things over the fence and a tribe of children trample through the house on a daily basis. Some of them live here, but many others float in and out upon wafting aromas or wandering welcome bubbles. This is a happy place where the magic of imagination is alive and well.
  • ISBN: 9780987232519

    Category: Junior Fiction

    Trade paperback: 170 pages

    Publication Date: 11 February 2012

    RRP: AU $17.95 / US $16.95 (paperback) | $3.99 (ebook)

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  • “Debut junior fiction author Michelle Adams delivers some poignant life lessons without being preachy, and her tween-speak dialogue is simply spot-on.” (Daily Telegraph)

    “The girls here [at Candlebark School] love it – it’s contemporary, and feels very fresh – in the best way!” (John Marsden, author)

    “I would definitely recommend this book to the Young adult crowd, and to that tween in your home who thinks all school assignments are a bore. There’s more to learn in school projects when you add a dash of creativity!” ***** (Christine Cunningham)

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