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Jackie Buckle has been writing for years, since reading The Accidental Tourist by Anne Taylor, the book she says, that made her want to write. Half My Facebook Friends are Ferrets was discovered in the slush pile by a Curious Fox editor who immediately recognised it’s irresistible mix of humour, music and the digital world.
Buckle writes around her day job as the website manager for a leading drug charity. She has two daughters who spent their recent teenage years dragging their mother to heavy metal concerts, so much so that Buckle is now a metalhead herself! She has seen Children of Bodom, My Chemical Romance, Fin Troll, AC/DC, Trivium and more. Her favourite music comes from Finland, where there’s a big metal scene producing some of the most innovative and popular bands.
Jackie is also passionate about animal rights, travel, playing the acoustic guitar and walking her Finnish lapphund. She lives in Reigate, Surrey.
My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession by Jackie Buckle is the sequel to the successful first instalment of metal-head Josh Walker’s diary, Half My Facebook Friends Are Ferrets, and it’s set to find a new readership of teenagers charmed by the book’s balance of wit and deeper issues. Buckle takes 16 year old Josh and his crowd of bloke mates to the next level, exploring the dynamics of a male pier group and the intensity of their formulating years. The group battle and deal with mental health issues like depression, anxiety and eating disorders, but Buckle’s light touch ensures the book retains its characteristic wit and charm. It’s not all about crisps, despite what the title may say – this time Josh Walker continues his rock ‘n’ roll dreams, but his mum won’t even let him grow his hair long, his friends are either geeks or nerds (they haven’t decided yet) and he’s had precisely zero Valentine’s Day cards. Will he ever live up to the cool, tough dad he’s never known? Jackie Buckle has teamed up with Young Minds, the charity for young people’s mental health, to donate a percentage of her royalties to the charity. Young Minds will support and promote publication of the book.
Humour, technology, friendship, a ferret called Ozzy - this book has got it all. Written in diary format there is plenty here to entertain teens with jokes, music, friendship circles and chaotic family life.