STUFF HAPPENS

Stuff Happens is an important new series for boys about everyday challenges. Created by Susannah McFarlane the series editor and published by Penguin Australia, the series is written by established authors Tony Wilson, Andrew Daddo, Philip Gwynne, Will Kostakis, Oliver Phommavanh, and Scott Gardner. Each book features a different character and follows them as they overcome a particular everyday challenge.

Aimed at boys aged between 7 and 11, the Stuff Happens series explores those everyday struggles in life that boys can sometimes be reluctant to express: quarrels with mates, a bad day at school, fear of disappointing mum and dad, rejection and not fitting in.

Stuff Happens. Real-life stories for boys. Suitable for beginner and newly confident readers.

Stuff Happens: Ethan

By OLIVER PHOMMAVANH Stuff happens sometimes. Everyday stuff. At school, at home, with sport, with mates. For Ethan it happened when he thought his best friend didn’t like him anymore. Ethan is not just bookish − he’s book-obsessed, possibly the only boy with…

Stuff Happens: Fadi

BY SCOT GARDNER Stuff happens sometimes. Everyday stuff. At school, at home, with sport, with mates. For Fadi it happened when he got in trouble for tackling Jack at lunchtime. Spinning out of Jack by Tony Wilson, here Fadi gets his…

Stuff Happens: Jack

BY TONY WILSON Stuff happens sometimes. Everyday stuff. At school, at home, with sport, with mates. For Jack it happened when a game at recess went wrong. Jack is one of the sporty boys, and is always after a new game…

Stuff Happens: Michael

BY PHILLIP GWYNNE Stuff happens sometimes. Everyday stuff. 
 At school, at home, with sport, with mates. For Michael it happened when he thought he was letting his parents down. Michael is the best swimmer in the school, probably the state,…

Stuff Happens: Ned

BY ANDREW DADDO Stuff happens sometimes. Everyday stuff. At school, at home, with sport, with mates. For Ned it happened with a new teacher. Ned’s worst fears are confirmed when he ends up in the class with the worst teacher in…

Stuff Happens: Sean

BY WILL KOSTAKIS Stuff happens sometimes. Everyday stuff. At school, at home, with sport, with mates. For Sean it happened starting at a new school. Sean has just moved from WA to Monvale where his parents grew up. Sean misses his…