Mama tells me I'm gifted and talented.
But I know the truth.
I'm just a nerd.
Kids call me Con-nerd - half Connor and all
Only a nerd goes to tutoring classes on
weekend and in school holidays!
I'm supposed to become a doctor but I have
this deep, dark secret: I just want to draw. And my
mega-cool cartoons are getting heaps of attention at school
- I might even get into a special art class and have a go at
an art competition. That would sure impress this girl I'm
keen on...and it might just be my chance to show the world
my true destiny.
But I'm not sure my family will see it quite
Full of the signature laugh-out-loud humour seen in his
Thai-riffic!, OLIVER PHOMMAVANH has produced yet
another totally engaging and hilarious story about finding
your own special talents and having the confidence to use
Themes include multiculturalism, parental pressure to
perform, wanting to belong, friendship, and searching
for your identity – all brought home with irreverent
humour that kids will love.
Describes Chinese culture in an Australian context –
religion, food, customs.
As a teacher, the author understands how kids think –
and how important humour can be in helping them read and
A perfect novel for literature circles, reciprocal
reading groups or to read aloud to your class, Con-Nerd
ties in beautifully with the Australian Curriculum cross
curriculum priorities for Asia and Australia’s
engagement with Asia.
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