Monday 23 December 2013


ISBN:  978-0593069714
Publisher:  Bantam Press, Random House UK
Pages/File Size:  336pages/2061KB
Formats Available: Paperback, EBook
Expected Release Date: 5th December

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1984 - and it's an important time for the children of Ragley-on-the Forest school... Their school choir is to sing a carol in a church in York, and is actually going to be on television! Helping to keep his excited children, not to mention their parents, under control during these momentous events taxes jack and his staff to the limit.
And at the same time, Jack has his own problems to deal with........

I have read some of Gervase Phinn's books that are along similar lines to this so I was really looking forward to reading this book by Jack Sheffield.

I was lucky enough to be accepted and to download an e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
So the cover shows the scene of a typical school nativity play which is a scene from the book which of course makes the book perfect for it's release prior to Christmas. 
So would the cover attract me enough to buy the book? Yes it being "that time of year I'd definitely pick this one up to learn more.
So Jack Sheffield the Author of this book is the headmaster of the fictitious Ragley Village School. However through reading the book we learn this school exists in the North Yorkshire area. I love how the book is set out. At the beginning of each chapter we get the official School Log Book entry, and then you get the "normal" headmasters version of what happened.
The book contains lots of funny stories about the children at the school, as well as their parents, the school teachers etc. There are "laugh out loud" funny ones, "poignant ones", "heart-warming" and "heart-breaking" ones too. I think there really is something in this book to appeal to everyone! I'd say the book would be read by all ages, especially those that are mothers,grandmothers aunties etc.
So did I enjoy the book? Yes, had both tears of laughter and a little sadness at a certain point in the book too.  Would I recommend the book? Yes, it's the ideal stocking filler gift to mothers, aunties and grandmothers!  Would I read another of this style of book by Jack Sheffield? I think I probably would yes, though I read this one exclusively for reviewing purposes this is the type of book you could dip in and out of.

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