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For the Record

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Luke is a gifted but awkward ten-year-old who is obsessed with world records, and is nervous about starting senior school a year early as 'the swot with the dead dad'. When Luke's tiny, unique Jersey village is in danger of being bulldozed to the ground to make way for a waste incinerator plant, the only way to stop it is by putting the village on the map: by breaking 50 world records in a week. With the help of geeky adjudicator Simon and a colourful cast of oddball village characters, this is Luke's chance to shine, to solve his mum's relationship problems, and to face his biggest fears - with bizarre, extraordinary consequences.show more

Product details

  • 9+
  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 16mm | 188g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • n/a
  • 0552563595
  • 9780552563598
  • 689,915

Review quote

"A feel-good family drama with plenty of humour and a great cast of crazy characters. Warm and touching, with lots of heart" -- Fiona Noble * The Bookseller * "This is a real charmer full of gentle humour, traditional English eccentrics who'll raise a smile, a sweet romance and a lovely narrator" * thebookbag.co.uk * "Funny and fast, this is an engaging story with colourful characters, ridiculous records and the occasional serious moment" * The Scotsman * "Fantastic . . . The tissue moments are off-set by the rest of the humour. I love how much I laughed while reading this 10/10 read" * Nayu's Reading Corner *show more

About Ellie Irving

Ellie was born in Bristol, but raised in a hamlet on the outskirts of Southend-on-Sea by a family of avid readers. So avid, in fact, her mum enrolled her in the local library before she'd even emerged from the womb, which was awkward for all concerned. Ellie's passion for writing stories flourished aged seven, when her parents bought her a Petite Super International typewriter for Christmas, and there was no stopping her. After studying for a Broadcasting Degree at the University of Leeds, Ellie realised there were too few home makeover shows in the world, and worked on a number of DIY and Garden programmes for UK Style. She then returned to studying and completed an MA in Screenwriting in 2008. She lives in London and For the Record is her debut novel.show more

Review Text

"Funny and fast, this is an engaging story with colourful characters, ridiculous records and the occasional serious moment"show more

Back cover copy

Loudest burp? Freckliest face? Fastest time to superglue hand to head? Luke loves world records. He knows everything about them - the hairiest man alive, the woman with the most tattoos, even the world's most venomous snake. But he never imagined that his strange hobby would come in useful one day. When Luke finds out his tiny village is going to be bulldozed to the ground by developers, he knows he's got to try and save it. His brilliant plan? He'll make Port Bren famous - by getting the eccentric villagers to break fifty world records. In a week. The clock is ticking. And the records just keeping getting crazier... 'A feel-good family drama with plenty of humour and a great cast of crazy characters. Warm and touching, with lots of heart' The Booksellershow more

Rating details

19 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 42% (8)
4 26% (5)
3 16% (3)
2 11% (2)
1 5% (1)
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