King of Nothing

King of Nothing by Nathanael Lessore

King of Nothing

Nathanael Lessore
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A hilarious and heartwarming comedy for older readers aged 12+

Tween and early teen readers will love this hugely relatable, laugh-out-loud comedy.

Nathanael Lessore's debut book Stead For This was a huge hit with our Macaw subscribers. Funny books with real world settings for tweens and early teens are hard to come by, but this follow up fits the bill perfectly. Hugely relatable, laugh-out-loud funny and packed with empathy, King of Nothing is perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds, Patrice Lawrence and Alex Wheatle.



They're used to ruling the school and Anton wears the crown. The other kids run away when he's about but that's the way he wants it - he's got a reputation to live up to after all.

So when he gets into serious trouble at school, he doesn't really care, but his mum most definitely does. She decides it's time for Anton to make some new friends and join the Happy Campers, a local activity group. Anton would quite literally rather do anything else, especially when he finds out Matthew, the biggest loser in school, is also a member.

But after Matthew unexpectedly saves Anton's life, Anton figures maybe this kid is worth a shot. Teaching him some game is the least Anton can do to repay the debt.

As the boys strike up an unlikely friendship, Anton finds himself questioning everything he thought was important. Does he want ruling the school to be his crowning glory or should he set his sights on better things?

Nathanael Lessore was born in Camberwell, South East London, as one of eight children to French and Madagascan parents. Although he has spent most of his life in Peckham, Nathanael has also lived in Paris, Strasbourg and Singapore. Nathanael became a marketing executive after graduating from the University of East London, believing at the time that a degree in creative writing destined him for a career in marketing.

Number of pages: 320
Reading age guide: 12 to 14 years
Publication date: 11th April 2024
Publisher: Hot Key Books
ISBN: 9781471413247
Format: Paperback

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