Joanna Nadin - Author

About the Author

Joanna Nadin has had a varied and interesting career including writing John Prescott's parliamentary agony column and working as a Special Advisor to the Prime Minister. She left Downing Street in 2005 and is now a freelance government scriptwriter and writer. Joanna has previously written children’s titles for Walker Books but this is her first book for the teenage market. Inspiration came from her own tragically normal life in Saffron Walden. She now lives in Bath with her husband and daughter Amelia.

Featured books by Joanna Nadin

My (Not So) Simple Life

My (Not So) Simple Life

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/07/2013

The further escapades of the engaging and immensely funny Rachel Riley - an Adrian Mole style character of today's teenage world.  Written in diary style, this book has all the necessary hallmarks to be a real page-turner.  Not just funny but genuinely laugh-out-loud funny, with every page ringing true and having you in stitches.  No teenager should miss it.  Definitely the heiress to Queen of Teen if not already the Queen of Teen.  To view the other titles featuring Rachel Riley and to find out more about the author, who once upon a time was a speechwriter for Tony Blair, then click here.

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Paradise

Paradise

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2011

When sixteen year old Billie Paradise inherits her grandmother's house, it's a fairytale come true. She and her family move from their rented flat in London to start a new life by the sea. Maybe Billie can even find the father she's never met. But moving back to her mum's childhood home, Billie uncovers long-buried secrets.

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Double Trouble Another Year in the (not So) Simple Life of Rachel Riley

Double Trouble Another Year in the (not So) Simple Life of Rachel Riley

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/06/2010

Genuinely laugh-out-loud funny from the first page, this double helping of Joanna Nadin’s brilliant funny and immensely engaging protagonist Rachel Riley featuring The Meaning of Life and My (not so) simple Life,  will be devoured by teenagers and adults in equal measure just as the Diaries of Adrian Mole hit the spot for a different generation. A spot-on teenage voice with a sharp and witty eye for teenage emotions, so good it’s hard to believe it’s not written by a teenager. In fact, Joanna is a former political speech writer and adviser to Tony Blair! If you know someone who loves the novels by Sue Limb or Louise Rennison then you know they’ll love the teenage world of Rachel Riley and her friends and foes. No teenager should miss it.  Definitely the heiress to Queen of Teen if not already the Queen of Teen.

The Facts of Life

The Facts of Life

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/2010

  March 2010 'new gen' Book of the Month title.   In this, another brilliant installment of Rachel Riley’s hilarious diaries, join her in her no-nonsense, fact-based approach to life.  Just when she thought she had finally found her knight in shining skinny jeans i.e. the ONE, an accidental snog with part-time rock god Justin Statham puts the skids on it. So enough is enough! It's time for Rachel to wake up and smell the coffee (or at least the hot chocolate) and forget about romance and fairytale happy endings. Rachel commits to concentrate only on cold hard facts from now on. Perhaps new grown-up-ness will even win the heart of fabulous older man . . . But nothing in Rachel’s life ever goes to plan or does it this time?

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Back to Life

Back to Life

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2009

More hilarious exploits from the angst ridden teen diarist Rachel Riley.  Fans of Louise Rennison’s character Georgia Nicolson will love this as will all those who have enjoyed the ups and down and ups again of Rachel’s life to date. To view other titles in the series click here.

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My Double Life

My Double Life

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2009

A double-whammy of Joanna Nadin with this two in one containing the first two titles in the brilliantly funny series featuring the tragically normal angst ridden teenager, rachel Riley.  Laugh-out-loud funny it's sure to have you in stitches most of the time.   My So-Called Life: A breath of fresh air in teen girls’ fiction and one of the funniest things we’ve read in the Lovereading office this year.  Tipped to be the Adrian Mole for today’s teenage girls, My So-Called Life charts the side-splitting consequences of one girl’s quest to inject more drama into her tragically normal life. It captures brilliantly in laugh-out-loud diary style the angst of any teenager.  A definite rival for bestselling teen novelists Louise Rennison and Sue Limb.     The Life of Riley: The deepest desires and greatest fantasies of a teenager are hilariously recorded in this no-holds-barred diary. Can Rachel, the author of the diary, find the boy of her dreams? Her search will make parents and teenagers laugh out loud.  

The Meaning Of Life

The Meaning Of Life

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2008

Laugh out loud funny from the first page, The Meaning of Life, will be devoured by teenagers and adults in equal measure just as the Diaries of Adrian Mole hit the spot for a different generation. A spot-on teenage voice with a sharp and witty eye for teenage emotions, so good it’s hard to believe it’s not written by a teenager. In fact, Joanna is a former political speech writer and adviser to Tony Blair! If you know someone who loves the novels by Sue Limb or Louise Rennison then you know they’ll love the teenage world of Rachel Riley and her friends and foes.

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The Life of Riley

The Life of Riley

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/03/2008

The deepest desires and greatest fantasies of a teenager are hilariously recorded in this no-holds-barred diary. Can the author find the boy of her dreams? Her search will make parents and teenagers laugh out loud.

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My So-called Life

My So-called Life

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/06/2007

A breath of fresh air in teen girls’ fiction and one of the funniest things we’ve read in the Lovereading office this year. Tipped to be the Adrian Mole for today’s teenage girls, My So-Called Life charts the side-splitting consequences of one girl’s quest to inject more drama into her tragically normal life. It captures brilliantly in laugh-out-loud diary style the angst of any teenager. A definite rival for bestselling teen novelists Louise Rennison and Sue Limb. Finally, don’t panic when you’ve finished this one for Rachel’s story will continue…

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Other books by Joanna Nadin

The Talk of Pram Town

The Talk of Pram Town

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/02/2022

For fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and Queenie Malone's Paradise Hotel, comes a story about mothers, daughters and second chances . . . It's 1981. Eleven-year-old Sadie adores her beautiful and vibrant mother, Connie, whose dreams of making it big as a singer fill their tiny house in Leeds. It's always been just the two of them. Until the unthinkable happens. Jean hasn't seen her good-for-nothing daughter Connie since she ran away from the family home in Harlow - or Pram Town as its inhabitants affectionately call it - aged seventeen and pregnant. But in the wake of the Royal Wedding, Jean gets a life-changing call: could she please come and collect the granddaughter she's never met? We all know how Charles and Diana turned out, and Jean and Sadie are hardly a match made in heaven - but is there hope of a happy ending for them? Written in Joanna Nadin's trademark dazzling prose, The Talk of Pram Town tells the story of three generations of Earnshaws and asks whether it always has to be like mother, like daughter . . .

The Worst Class in the World Dares You!

The Worst Class in the World Dares You!

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/01/2022

Head teacher Mrs Bottomley-Blunt thinks 4B is the WORST CLASS IN THE WORLD. She says school is not about footling or fiddle-faddling or FUN. It is about LEARNING and it is high time 4B tried harder to EXCEL at it. But best friends Stanley and Manjit didn't LITERALLY mean to let flying MINIBEASTS free in the classroom. And they really didn't LITERALLY mean to do a series of dares to become the Overlord of the Universe. These things just happened, even though they had FOOLPROOF plans to get away with it all. Highly illustrated and featuring two hilarious madcap adventures in one book, these stories are just right for children ready for their first chapter books.

Marvellous Mina

Marvellous Mina

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/01/2022

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Levelled for guided and independent reading, each book includes ideas to support reading. Teaching and assessment support and eBooks are also available. Mina May Malek wants nothing more than to become a BMX champ like her brother Ayman. The trouble is, she's been ill her parents won't let her, so there's only one way to do it ... in disguise! Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. Text type: A contemporary story Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Reflect: Oxford Reading Level 11: It's Never Too Late

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Reflect: Oxford Reading Level 11: It's Never Too Late

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/01/2022

Tommy and Leon are nervous about parents' evening. But Tommy isn't worried about his classwork or his test scores, he's worried about Dad. Tommy's trying as best he can to help his dad, but will his efforts be enough? What will happen at parents' evening if Tommy can't help? Reflect is a series of emotionally powerful fiction and non-fiction with realistic settings, carefully crafted to promote thoughtful discussions and develop higher-level reading comprehension. Written by top authors and developed with Literacy expert Nikki Gamble, these are books you can trust to engage, entertain and support children's personal development and wellbeing. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to books with the right depth and complexity, and helping them to progress. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children deepen their understanding and support their reading comprehension. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links to Relationships Education and support literacy skills.

No Man's Land

No Man's Land

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2021

'I could feel it coming. War, I mean. Creeping up on us, into our town, down our street, into our house. Smiling like a friend, like it was Batman come to save us when really it was the Joker all along.' With far-right Albion on the brink of war with Europe, ten-year-old Alan and his little brother Sam are sent away to safety. Dad tells Alan he has to be brave, like the superheroes he loves, but Alan isn't too sure. He wants to be wherever Dad is, and, anyway - can he really be sure who's a hero and who's a villain? A heartwarming, heartbreaking story of acceptance, love and bravery in all its different forms, from the acclaimed author of Joe All Alone.

The Worst Class in the World Gets Worse

The Worst Class in the World Gets Worse

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/01/2021

'HILARIOUS! Proper laughs!' Pamela Butchart 'Deliciously silly, with hilarious catchphrases, Joanna Nadin's The Worst Class in the World, illustrated with grubby glee by Rikin Parekh, is a great cheer-up book.' Guardian A brand new, laugh-out-loud young fiction series from bestselling author Joanna Nadin. Perfect for fans of Horrid Henry and the Trouble with Daisy series. According to head teacher Mrs Bottomley-Blunt, 4B is the WORST CLASS IN THE WORLD. She says school is not about footling or fiddle-faddling or FUN. It is about LEARNING and it is high time 4B tried harder to EXCEL at it. But Stanley and Manjit didn't LITERALLY mean to flood the toilets when they should have been monitoring the playground. And they definitely didn't LITERALLY mean to bring a penguin home from the zoo on their school trip. These things just happened even though they had a FOOLPROOF plan to get away with them.

Reading Planet - Family Matters - White: Galaxy

Reading Planet - Family Matters - White: Galaxy

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/08/2020

Luka and Harvey are eight years old and in the same class at school, but that is just about all they have in common. Once they become part of the same family, their differences become even more obvious. Will they ever be able to get on with each other and live in peace? Family Matters is part of the Galaxy range of books from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Galaxy provides captivating fiction and non-fiction for Pink A to White band. The rich collection of highly decodable books immerses children in a range of cross-curricular topics and genres. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and activities to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 6-7 years

The Worst Class in the World

The Worst Class in the World

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/05/2020

A brand new, laugh-out-loud young fiction series from bestselling author Joanna Nadin. Perfect for fans of Horrid Henry and the Trouble with Daisy series. According to head teacher Mrs Bottomley-Blunt, 4B is the WORST CLASS IN THE WORLD. She says school is not about footling or fiddle-faddling or FUN. It is about LEARNING and it is high time 4B tried harder to EXCEL at it. But Stanley and Manjit didn't LITERALLY mean to make their whole class sick with homemade biscuits. And they definitely didn't LITERALLY mean for Manjit's dog Killer to eat their teacher's shoes or for Bruce Bingley's rat to escape. These things just happened even though they had a FOOLPROOF plan. You see, 4B may be the WORST CLASS IN THE WORLD. But you wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Highly illustrated and featuring two hilarious madcap adventures in one book, these books are just right for children ready for their first chapter books.

Reading Planet KS2 - Telling Tales - A Guide to Writing Fantastic Fiction - Level 6: Jupiter/Blue band

Reading Planet KS2 - Telling Tales - A Guide to Writing Fantastic Fiction - Level 6: Jupiter/Blue band

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2020

Do you enjoy reading great stories? How about writing them? Are you sometimes stuck for ideas? In this inspiring and practical guide by award-winning author, Joanna Nadin, you will discover how to hunt down brilliant ideas for your own stories, get into the minds of your characters, and give your writing a final, brilliant shine. Get ready to pick up your pen and start telling your own fantastic tales! Telling Tales - A Guide to Writing Fantastic Fiction is part of the Reading Planet range of books for Stars (Lime) to Supernova (Red+) band. Children aged 7-11 will be inspired to love reading through the gripping stories and fascinating information books created by top authors. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and questions to support reading at home and develop comprehension skills. Reading age: 9-10 years

Alan Turing

Alan Turing

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2020

Alan Turing: code-breaker, mathematician, father of modern computing. Award-winning children's author, Joanna Nadin, explores the extraordinary life of code-cracking genius, Alan Turing. A Life Story: This gripping series throws the reader directly into the lives of modern society's most influential figures. With striking black-and-white illustration along with timelines and never-heard-before facts. Also in the series: Katherine Johnson: A Life Story Stephen Hawking: A Life Story Rosalind Franklin: A Life Story

Read with Oxford: Stage 6: Stanley Manners

Read with Oxford: Stage 6: Stanley Manners

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/03/2019

Stanley Manners tells lies - a lot of lies! When he wishes for the lies to come true, he ends up in a lot of trouble! Books with short chapters are a great way for children who are reading independently to extend reading stamina and progress to the next step of their reading journey. This Read with Oxford Stage 6 book has short chapters, an engaging story and humorous colour illustrations. Tips for parents and fun after-reading activities help you to get the most out of the story. Featuring much-loved characters, great authors, engaging storylines and fun activities, Read with Oxford offers an exciting range of carefully levelled reading books to build your child's reading confidence. Find practical advice, free eBooks and fun activities to help your child progress on oxfordowl.co.uk. Let's get them flying!

The Queen of Bloody Everything

The Queen of Bloody Everything

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/12/2018

Joanna Nadin's first novel for adults, The Queen of Bloody Everything, is about mothers, daughters and how we can make many choices in life but can't choose where we come from. As Edie Jones lies in a bed on the fourteenth floor of a Cambridge hospital, her adult daughter Dido tells their story, starting with the day that changed everything. That was the day Dido - aged exactly six years and twenty-seven days old - met the next door neighbours and fell in love. Because the Trevelyans were exactly the kind of family Dido dreamed of. Normal.

It Wasn't Me: A Bloomsbury Young Reader

It Wasn't Me: A Bloomsbury Young Reader

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/10/2018

A playful story by Joanna Nadine, author of The Worst Class in the World series and World Book Day book The Worst Class in the World in Danger. Ideal for children practising their reading at home or in school. If a microwave explodes or there are bubbles all over the bathroom floor, it's bound to have been because of Alfie Braithwaite. Only Alfie swears that it's all the fault of Dave, the terrible gremlin that lives in his sock drawer. But one day Dave really does appear and starts to wreak more havoc than even Alfie could have imagined! Will Alfie catch Dave? And will Alfie's parents ever believe that it really wasn't him? This mischievous and thought-provoking adventure from best-selling and award-winning author Joanna Nadin is perfect for children who are learning to read by themselves and for Key Stage 1. It features engaging illustrations from Pauline Reeves and quirky characters young readers will find hard to resist. Bloomsbury Young Readers are the perfect way to get children reading, with book-banded stories by brilliant authors like Julia Donaldson. They are packed with gorgeous colour illustrations and include inside cover notes to help adults reading with children, as well as ideas for activities related to the stories. 'Every child needs a Bloomsbury Young Reader. Fun, stretching, just the right length, full of adventurous vocabulary and punctuation.' (Julie-Ann McCulloch, Teacher) Book Band: Lime Ideal for Ages 6+

Where Do You Go, Birdy Jones?

Where Do You Go, Birdy Jones?

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/07/2018

From the author of JOE ALL ALONE - a BAFTA winning and Emmy nominated CBBC series. A story about finding yourself when everything changes and believing that love never runs out. Perfect for fans of A Boy called Hope and Jacqueline Wilson. Eleven-year-old Birdy Jones is all alone. She doesn't belong at school, at home, or even with her dad anymore. The only place she feels like herself is at her grandpa's pigeon loft, where the familiar warmth and birdsong block out the world. It's also where she meets Dogger - her only friend and the one person who really seems to know where she's coming from. Birdy used to be happy, when it was just her and Dad, but now she has a stepmum, a little sister, and another baby on the way. Worse, her growing family needs to move house, but Birdy doesn't believe there'll ever be enough room for her in Dad's busy life - and she can't leave Grandpa and the pigeons. She won't. Birdy dreams of a different family and future, and with Dogger's help she decides to find one - even if it means running away from everything she's ever known. But sometimes you need to fly away to find your way home again . . .

Project X Origins: White Book Band, Oxford Level 10: Rudy versus the Robot

Project X Origins: White Book Band, Oxford Level 10: Rudy versus the Robot

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/02/2018

Rudy is bored. Will Dad's helpful robot, hiding in the workshop, help to cheer Rudy up or will Horace just cause chaos? Rudy versus the Robot is a hilarous variety fiction story. Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

The Story of the Suffragettes

The Story of the Suffragettes

Author: Joanna Nadin Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/09/2017

Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level For nearly a century, women fought for the right to be able to vote. Their leaders brought together women from all social classes. Their fight for equality led to imprisonment and even death. This is the story of the suffragettes. Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. Text type - An information book. The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. The glossary and index can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. Curriculum links - History