I don't know you at all. I wouldn't recognise you from a hole in the ground. If I was telling this story to some friends, then they would already know Kiffo and they would know me and they would know the school and everything. I'd just be able to get straight into what happened when a new English teacher, the Pitbull, slobbered and snarled her way into our class. But you don't know anything. No offence.
'An inspiring debut novel: simultaneously funny and wise. A +' - Tony Wilson, Triple R Breakfasters
About the Author
Barry Jonsberg is an English teacher, originally from the UK but a resident of Darwin since 1999. He has two degrees in English and was Head of Department at the South Cheshire College in Crewe, Cheshire, UK. The Whole Business with Kiffo and the Pitbull was his first young adult novel. Its sequel, It's not all about YOU, Calma, (2005) won the 2006 South Australian Festival Award for Children's Literature.
'This is the best teen fiction I have read in years...an absolute riot. As hilarious as it is poignant, [it] should be on every year-10 syllabus in the country. If this book doesn't make them want to read, nothing will.' Cameron Woodhead, Age'this wonderfully observed story...will have readers literally laughing out loud...honestly and perceptively deals with serious themes of loyalty and loss with a great deal of imagination and humour.' MagpiesVol 19 No 2, May 2004'bites with fierce teenage realism. A great read for older readers...' Children's Bookseller & PublisherMarch 2004
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 13 - 18 years old
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.0 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1