The Big One-Oh

The Big One-Oh

By Dean Pitchford

Puffin Books, Paperback, 9780142412923, 181pp.

Publication Date: July 9, 2009

Charley Maplewood has never been one for parties? that would require friends, which he doesn't have. But now that he's turning ten?the big oneoh? he decides to throw a birthday party for himself. Of course things don't work out as he plans. In trying to make friends, he ends up inviting the class bully, and that's before he ruins the cake and sets the garage on fire. Will Charley be able to pull it together before the big one-oh . . . becomes the big OH-NO?

About the Author
Dean Pitchford starred on Broadway in "Godspell" and "Pippin" before turning to songwriting. His songs, which include "Fame," "Let's Hear It for the Boy" and "Footloose," have sold over seventy million records. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards(R) (winning Best Original Song for "Fame"), five Grammys, and two Tonys. His screen-plays include "Footloose" and "Sing," and his stage musical adaptation of "Footloose" is now being produced around the world. "The Big One-Oh" is Dean's first novel. He lives in Los Angeles and attributes his varied career to a short attention span.

Praise For The Big One-Oh

Pitchford's debut for kids is sure to be a big hit with readers. -Kirkus Reviews