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Product description

“By the end of my first term of high school, Barry Bagsley had miraculously transformed me from Ishmael Leseur to Stalepiss Manure. And that summed up exactly how I felt.”

With a name that is sheer heaven to a bully with geek-seeking missiles, fourteen-year-old Ishmael’s main aim is to keep a low profile at school. But cajoled into joining the debating team, he suddenly finds himself thrust into the limelight with mortifying yet hilarious results. Join Ishmael and his intrepid band of misfit mates in what will become the toughest, the most embarrassingly awful – and ultimately the best – year of their lives!

“Comic genius and a great read…. It’s a lovely twist on the school story…. a brilliant way of showing children the power of words to overcome.”Sue Baker, Bookseller

“The dialogue is sharp and witty, the characters beautifully drawn and the plot utterly engaging” Marilyn Brocklehurst, Norfolk Children’s Book Centre

“Reminiscent of Louis Sachar’s school stories, this is a moving comic tale of taking on the bullies.” Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

Product Details






Templar Publishing

Date published

January 1st, 2012

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.6; Middle years; 9.0 points



UK edition


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What kids think

  1. Spidergirl
    on 6 March 2014

    it really good

    4out of 5
  2. moonlight4
    on 2 March 2012

    a great reading book about life and it’s problems

  3. flossy1998
    on 19 February 2012

    I loved this book because it was about ‘Manning Up’ to bullies not necessarily in a aggressive way but in a more honest way. Throughout the book I personal as a reader have seen Ishmael’s confident grow I think this is all down to Scobie.

    Anyways I can not wait to need the next book in the series ‘Ishmael and the return of the Dugongs’ so thumbsz up (Y.

    Now i’m reading ‘War Horse’ P.S This book is like ‘Diary Of A Wimpy Kid’ without the drawings… So yeah read it, it’s amazing. =]

    5out of 5