Simon Packham


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UCLan Publishing
4 August 2023
ISBN: 9781915235473
256 pages

From the publisher

Josh is such a worrier. He worries about everything. Water slides. School. Global warming. Sleepovers. But he knows something is really wrong when his mum and dad begin to act strangely... His family is moving to Brighton and he must start a new school with new teachers, new pupils and new everything! He used to have his own Worrybot - a home-made cardboard robot which was supposed to eat up his worst fears if he wrote them down on bits of paper and posted them into its mouth. It did help a bit ... but now Josh is terrified that his anxiety will return when he starts at his new school. And he is more than a bit surprised to discover that there's a robot in his new class - a real-life learning robot which sits on the desk next to his and allows classmate Charlie to join lessons remotely. Soon Charlie becomes Josh's best - perhaps his only - friend. Will Charlie's friendship help Josh overcome his fears, or will it just give nasty Noah more reasons to make fun of him? And why won't Charlie come to school anyway? A suspenseful story of emotional high stakes that will appeal to fans of Lisa Thompson, Ross Welford and Elle McNicoll.