A fourteen year old finds himself in trouble with the school Principal – again. This time, however, he has a genuine excuse, but is he likely to be believed?

This popular BritLit kit has been revised and reshaped from the 2005 original and contains new material. The teacher is offered a ‘slimmed down’ version which can be used to occupy just one or two lessons. There is also a bank of supplementary material for those who want to spend more time on the story.



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Last updated November 2009


Submitted by muruvvet on Fri, 02/11/2011 - 23:47


Great work. Thank you for sharing. As soon as possible I am going to put into practise it.

Submitted by jonsey on Fri, 02/25/2011 - 09:30


A very thoughtful article and this is a problem that every teachers have with kids that's getting in trouble often. Trust them or not to thrust..

Submitted by lilitmartirosyan1 on Wed, 01/18/2012 - 21:06


Thanks a lot for the story. It was very instructive, gives much food for thoughts, and promotes the students desire to reading. I'll, undoubtedly, use it in my teaching practice.

Submitted by monica alejandra on Sun, 04/10/2016 - 22:35


Fabulous! I've used most of the material. My 13-year-old students actually enjoyed the story. Thanks!

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Tue, 04/12/2016 - 13:14

In reply to by monica alejandra


Thanks very much for that feedback Monica - great to hear that your students enjoyed this story and the materials! Cath

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