The Whole Business with Kiffo and the Pitbull (Calma #1)
Part quirky journal, part detective fiction, this wild and witty novel is a laugh-out-loud comedy about two unlikely friends who are drawn into a dramatic series of events through their mutual mistrust of their new English teacher.
It's clear to clever, wise-cracking Calma that Miss Payne (aka the Pitbull) will have to go. So when she and Kiffo discover the Pitbull is involved in strange late-night dealings with mysterious associates, they think they can catch her out. But what you see is not always what you get and Calma and Kiffo don't see what is coming next...
Commended for White Ravens Selection of International Children's and Youth Literature 2005 (Germany). Short-listed for CBCA Book of the Year 2005 (Australia).
'This is the best teen fiction I have read in years...an absolute riot. As hilarious as it is poignant, [it] should be on every year-10 syllabus in the country. If this book doesn't make them want to read, nothing will.' Cameron Woodhead, Age
'this wonderfully observed story...will have readers literally laughing out loud...honestly and perceptively deals with serious themes of loyalty and loss with a great deal of imagination and humour.' Magpies Vol 19 No 2, May 2004
'bites with fierce teenage realism. A great read for older readers...' Children's Bookseller & Publisher March 2004
Barry Jonsberg is an English teacher, originally from the UK but a resident of Darwin since 1999. He has two degrees in English and was Head of Department at the South Cheshire College in Crewe, Cheshire, UK. The Whole Business with Kiffo and the Pitbull was his first young adult novel. Its sequel, It's not all about YOU, Calma, (2005) won the 2006 South Australian Festival Award for Children's Literature.