Are you a Peacock? Miss Popularity? A Fair Player, Mr Muscles, A Hero or how about possibly and sadly, an Outcast?
Fourteen year-old Harrison Sanostri, from High Barnet, has written The Little Dudes’ Skool Survival Guide to help you identify all the different types of kids there are in school and to help you survive it when he was only 12 !
I met Harri on Twitter and when as I was doing a phone- in on ITV ‘This Morning’ Harri very kindly sent me his wonderful book to read, The Little Dudes’ Skool Survival Guide
Harri started writing the book when he was in Year Five as a series of diary entries and stories about two characters called Ethan and Billy. How amazing is that?
In fact I was running my ‘Can Do Kid Workshop with a 9 year old and her family who flew all the way from Egypt to work with me on her confidence when the postman delivered Harri’s book. We all stopped to chat about this wonderful achievement of having a ‘iCan’ attitude and Nadia decided to write an open letter to all teachers of the world, including her own school, about what kids need from them in the playground and classroom.
What a wonderful ripple in a pond!
Here’s what Harri had to say in a local interview.
“I didn’t even know it was going to become a book,” says Harrison, who lives at home with his Mum Deborah, Dad Francesco, and brother Christian, 23, and sister Charlotte, 22. “I was just writing things about school and what it was like on my mum’s iPad – about problems that arise in school and how you can deal with them, and also things to do and not to do in school. It’s about how to get by.”
Harrison’s mum discovered what he’d been writing and encouraged him to finish it, and then sent it off to “a few – well, 40 people” before it was accepted by Tiger Publication publishing company.
“It was amazing,” says Harrison, “the published copy was actually given to me on my 12th birthday. I was with my family and the publisher came in with a big box. I opened it and there was another box inside and I opened that one and another one, and there was one book in the middle of it all and it was Little Dudes. I was so happy. We celebrated with a Chinese!”
Aimed at children aged from eight to 13, The Little Dudes’ Skool Survival Guide has sparked a series of author talks undertaken by Harrison in a number of local schools, where he and the book have gone down a storm.
“I was trying to keep it quiet but somebody saw some stuff about it on the internet and more people are starting to find out,” he laughs.
And what do his family make of his success?
“Mum’s gone crazy about it, she’s got posters up in her room but dad’s a bit more cool about it, kind of laid-back – he was, like, ‘Good work, son’ and that was it!”
- The Little Dudes’ Skool Survival Guide is available now from Waterstones Barnet and Tiger Publication. Details: hgsansostri.com