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The Heroic Truths of Neil Peel-bookcover

By: Ben Dixon

The Heroic Truths of Neil Peel

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“Neil Peel. What the hell?” snarled Ottilie. “Of all the sad sacks in this school, I get stuck sitting at a desk next to the saddest of them all…again!”

Neil Peel is about to start his first year at Titfield School, and this is his welcome.

Best friends Stephen and Grub will be at his sides as he faces bullies, takes part in a football match for the uncoordinated, tries to survive a visit from a devilish cousin who’s determined to ruin his Christmas, and even faces a brush with crime.

At least Neil’s evil genius older sister Lemony is on hand to trip him up and kick him when he’s down.

Approaching adolescence is not easy for anyone, but life can be even harder when you always tell the truth. At least everybody knows where they stand with Neil, but will his honesty turn out to be a blessing or a curse?

Ben Dixon is a father of four children, teacher of French and the author behind the world of Neil Peel. He grew up in Yorkshire, grew up a bit more in Leicestershire before moving to settle in Surrey. The Heroic Truths of Neil Peel is his first novel. He lives in Guildford with his wife, Sarah, and children, Sophie, Isabelle, Max and Kiera.

Customer Reviews
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3 reviews
  • Claire

    Bought this for my nephew for Christmas, excited to see what he thinks. I had a quick read before wrapping it and loved the cheeky jokes. The stories and characters are relatable for teens, with many laugh-out-loud moments. Would definitely recommend.

  • Victoria

    I bought this book for my 12 year old son, who despite my best efforts, is a very reluctant reader. However, this book worked its magic and for once my son read without me having to prompt him. When it came to finishing the book, he couldn't put it down and crept downs stairs a couple of hours after bed time, proudly announcing he had finished the lot!
    I highly recommend this book to any fun loving, cheeky school boy - the humour really appealed. We're both now hoping for a sequel!

  • Heather MacDonald

    If your tween or young teen is looking for a book that will make them laugh, this is it! There's an authenticity to The Heroic Truths of Neil Peel which might make some parents raise their eyebrows, but therein lies the book's real strength. Kids recognize the characters.

    Kids know that most kids are not nearly as sweet as they might appear to adults, particularly some kids. Lemony, Neil's older sister, is diabolical; a thoroughly unpleasant character no one would want to live with, (I remember a couple of friends' older sisters who fit that bill), and his pals and their tormentors are boys who will probably remind you of some of the kids you knew growing up.

    The author is a teacher, I believe, so he's got first hand knowledge of children, and I think it shows. He does a great job of making the story about the kids, instead of focusing too heavily on parents and other adults, (which a lot of tween and young teen books seem to do).

    If your child isn't keen on reading and you're looking for ways to spark their interest, this book is a a good bet. The Heroic Truths of Neil Peel might be enough to convince them that there is a lot of fun to be found between the pages of a book. There are lots of jokes, (which are often crude but not offensive), and it's easy to read. If they like this book, they might decide to check out others. Win! Win!

    The cover won't appeal to everyone, but I suspect it will appeal to kids. It's reminiscent of the way the boys, (who aren't tops in art class), depict themselves and their friends in their drawings. Again, it's all about the kids.

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