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Joanna Nadin’s The Worst Class in the World in Danger chosen as World Book Day book

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1 October 2021

The Worst Class in the World in Danger will be one of thirteen books given away on World Book Day, 3 March 2022.

Dr Joanna Nadin, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing is one of the thirteen British authors chosen to represent World Book Day 2022, which marks the 25th anniversary of the event.

The Worst Class in the World in Danger, illustrated by Rikin Parekh, will join titles by Michael Morpurgo, Nadia Shireen and Matt Lucas, all given away to thousands of children in exchange for £1 book tokens that they receive for free through schools. 24,000 books are also sent to prisons, for imprisoned parents to read with their children during visits. For one in seven children (and one in five receiving free school meals), this will be the first book of their own. 

The book follows the misadventures of the much maligned class 4b when celebrity author and TV star Mavis Grady, Danger Lady visits St Regina’s Primary.  The children compete to see who can do the most dangerous feat of all. 

Dr Nadin joined the Department this academic year.  She is teaching on the MA Creative Writing Workshop, and supervising PhDs including a novel based on the kidnapping of Shannon Matthews, which investigates the erasure of working class voices, and a collection of Middle Grade short stories aimed at subverting the abled gaze.

You can find out more about World Book Day 2022 here.  The books will be available from February 2022.

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