Lothian Children's Books
A heartbreaking and often hilarious story about trying to grow up when everything is falling apart from one of Australia's leading comic talents. Themes of grief, loss, identity and the pressure to fit in.
Mike Amon just wants to fit in. He wants to be a star athlete. He wants his dad to stop embarrassing him. He wants his first kiss. He also wants his mum to survive.
When his mum is diagnosed with advanced cancer, Mike figures if he gets his own life right and makes his mum proud, maybe it'll be enough to help her get better.
But this might be harder than it looks. First, he has to move in with his African dad whose skills in the kitchen don't extend beyond heating up frozen chicken nuggets. Then he has to contend with the school bully who has it in for him, and all while navigating puberty as a late bloomer and trying to face a serious phobia of jellyfish.
As if that wasn't enough, the girl he has a crush on has her own heartbreak to deal with, and after a dramatic encounter down at the Jetty, Mike finds himself being rushed to hospital nursing the worst injury imaginable.
If he can't even sort out his own problems, how can he possibly save his mum?
Based on Matt Okine's award-winning stand-up show, this is a heart-breaking and hilarious story about trying to grow up when everything around you is falling down.
'An extremely talented storyteller and comedian . . . this book is full of heart and humour' RONNY CHIENG
'Hilarious, heartfelt, and utterly ridiculous in all the right ways' ALEX DYSON
'Intimate and affecting' CLAUDIA KARVAN
'This book pulses with nostalgia . . . a compelling novel that is difficult to put down' BOOKS + PUBLISHING
The multi-talented comedian, actor and presenter Matt Okine is one of Australia's favourite award-winning comedians.
Okine performs sell out national tours of his live shows year in, year out, and has gained much popularity on the festival circuit. Matt spent 3 years co-hosting Triple J's hugely successful Breakfast Show before hanging up his headphones to go into production on his television adaptation of his award-winning semi-autobiographical stand up show The Other Guy for Stan. He co-wrote and starred in the show which earned him a 2017 AACTA nomination for the Subscription TV Award for Best New Talent, and is currently streaming on STAN in Australia, Hulu in the U.S., and Superchannel in Canada. The second season of The Other Guy is currently in production. Being Black N Chicken, and Chips is his first novel.