Henry Hoey Hobson is the latest ‘laugh out loud’ book from Australian Christine Bongers, author of the widely acclaimed, ‘Dust’.
Just from the blurb of Henry Hoey Hobson I could tell I was in for a fun ride.
“Twelve-year-old Henry Hoey Hobson arrives at his sixth school, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour to discover he’s the only boy in Year Seven.
Friendless, fatherless and non-Catholic, Henry is not only a Perpetual Sucker, but a bloodsucker according to his catty classmates.”
Henry’s life has always been nomadic but this latest move has brought even more uncertainty into his life. As if his new school isn’t bad enough, Henry also has the creepy new next door neighbours to contend with.
They own a coffin and have weird rituals like only leaving the house after dark and when Henry and his mum are invited there for tea, Henry’s sure it could be the last meal he ever has.
Henry survives the dinner, but he’s still struggling to keep his head above water at school. The far from angelic Angelica and the swaggering Joey Casterellaro are determined to make his life a misery.
Will his natural swimming talent be enough to help him navigate the treacherous waters of Year 7?
To complicate things there are behind-the-scenes family dramas going on in Henry’s life, and he makes some surprising discoveries about who he really is.
In Henry Hoey Hobson, Bongers handles some real issues faced by today’s kids with sensitivity and humour.
Who could not sympathise with HHH plight? After reading this book, you could also be forgiven for thinking that triple H stands for triple hilarious. There were so many places where I laughed out loud in this book and others where my heart was in my mouth, fearing what might happen to Henry next.
Apart from having a delightful sense of humour, Bongers has a way of making her characters so real that you are sure you have met them before.
Twelve-year-old Henry is very believable with his vulnerabilities and his hopes. Even his ambitious, Barbie Doll mum endears herself to readers.
The next door neighbours add interest and an intriguing sub plot to the story and I liked the fact that the headmaster Mr Paulson was far from stereotyped.
There’s plenty of action and humour in Henry Hoey Hobson to keep readers aged 9-12 hooked to the last page.
Henry Hoey Hobson is published by Woolshed Press