Something I Said – Ben Bailey Smith

Published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books

This is a triumph! A funny book which at its heart shouts out how important words are (with some lexical explanations along the way).

13 year old Carmichael, the bane of his parents’ and teachers’ lives is entered into a school talent-contest as a stand-up comic, but teenage angst and anger get in the way and Carmichael finds himself in a situation where he has to decide if what he thinks he wants is actually the case.

We really enjoyed this fast-paced story. The dialogue is witty, the main character is highly- believable and I loved the idea of “laughing whilst you are learning”, as the reader is introduced to the meanings of certain words that occur naturally in the story. This is perfect for middle-grade readers and a great book for a class discussion.