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A Waste of Good Paper

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  60 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The story of Jason, a boy at Heronford School for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. The journal tells of the comic and sometimes uncomfortable day to day events at the school, with Jason, his teachers and classmates. And it explores his family life with his mother, who has recently given up taking heroin, and her violent, drug-taking ex-boyfriend, who r ...more
Paperback, 293 pages
Published May 3rd 2012 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books
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Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (3 May 2012)

I was initially attracted to this YA novel as I used to teach French to a wide variety of pupils from top stream to those who faced severe behavioural and emotional challenges on a daily basis. I was keen to see how an author would recreate the voice of a youth who struggles to fit into "mainstream" education and I think he's got it spot on.

The novel takes the form of a journal/diary written by young Jason who has th
Lindsay (Little Reader Library)
Jason Dooley is given a writing book to use as a journal by his teacher Pete. Pete tells him that the journal is private and that he can write whatever he wants in there, but Jason just views anything he might write as 'a waste of good paper'; there's no point in doing it. Nevertheless, he does go on to use the notebook to record the events of his days, and it builds into a record of his school and home life over the course of less than one month. Jason attends Heronford School, where pupils wit ...more
Tim Roast
Jason has behavioural difficulties and so has to go to a special school. There he is given a private journal to write in which he quickly dismisses as "a waste of good paper" because thinks he has nothing to say. As it turns out it doesn't prove to be a waste of good paper and he does have a story to tell, a good one.

His story has some light and some heavy stuff going on in it. Mainly the time when he's in school is the light stuff with a lot of banter going on between the kids. Then there is th
I decided to read "A waste of good paper" written by Sean Taylor as it looked like an interesting book. This novel fits under the "Book with a male main character" box on the bingo board.

"A waste of good paper" is about a boy named Jason (Main Character). He faces a lot of conflict at school with his teachers and peers, but not only that...he has a dysfunctional family who consists of his mother and Jon (mums ex-boyfriend). Jon is heavily involved in drugs and alcohol as he sells it to people f
Jason attends a school for children with behavioural difficulties when his tutor presents him with a book in which he can write a daily journal, and although Jason thinks this is "a waste of good paper" and he has nothing he wants to write, he very soon finds himself keeping a daily journal.

Jason's journal takes us through less than one month, and describes both his school and home life - the troubles with his fellow students, the times he loses it and is in trouble with his teachers, and at hom
Beth Kemp
This review originally appeared on my blog Thoughts from the Hearthfire.

The extracts given in the blurb are absolutely typical of the whole book. Jason's voice is strong and refreshing and sounds absolutely authentic for a teen boy in his situation. He's in some kind of special school for kids with behavioural problems and his teacher Pete tries to encourage him by giving him this book to enable him to express himself. There is gentle humour in that Jason uses the book to complain about how the
Katy Noyes
Journal style suited the story. Interesting narrator perspective - boy with behavioural difficulties. Frustrating at times - why could he not control himself?! Why was he that way?! The problems seemed to easily be overcome by the end (a little too easily) though this for me wasn't the attraction of the book. I think you have to accept that if a person had emotional problems, they need help, and this book offered a little insight into a EBD youth (his age is never given - 12? 15?)

A quick book to
This was well written and good but didn't get me hooked or really want to continue but was still really good.
Hibba Kamran
boring ............................
This book was a really good and quick read. At first I thought this story was going to be a really light read although I soon found out that the book had some really deep meanings behind it. Overall the book is a great read but I would advise if you are looking for a really light hearted book I would really recommend it!
An average book. But I really liked the part where Jason scared Jon, not by hurting Jon, but by hurting himself. Guilt is scary. I liked how the author explored behavioural difficulties but I thought it was just on the surface and should've gone more in depth.
Im on about page 10 and im so bored by it. Yep now I've given up, utterly boring.
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