My Life as a Stuntboy

My Life as a Stuntboy

By Janet Tashjian; Jake Tashjian (Illustrator)

Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805089042, 256pp.

Publication Date: October 11, 2011


Derek Fallon gets the opportunity of a lifetime--to be a stunt boy in a major movie featuring a pretty teen starlet. After accepting the job he learns that he is the star's stunt double and must wear a wig His friends are never going to let him live this down. If that weren't his only problem, his parents are threatening to give away his pet monkey, and his best friend just posted an embarrassing video of him on Youtube. Can life get any worse? Still the irrepressible Derek takes it all in stride and even manages to save the day.

About the Author
Janet Tashjian is a middle-grade and young adult novelist who's been writing books for children for fifteen years. Her first novel 'Tru Confessions' was made into a critically acclaimed Disney TV movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. 'The Gospel According to Larry' series is a cult favorite and 'Fault Line' is taught in many middle and high schools. Her novels 'My Life As a Book, ' 'My Life As a Stuntboy, ' and 'My Life As a Cartoonist' are all illustrated by her teenage son, Jake. Their collaboration continues with a new series, 'Einstein the Class Hamster.'

Janet has been doing school visits for fifteen years; you can email her for details.

You can follow her on Twitter and like her books on Facebook, and check out her YouTube Channel.

Jake Tashjian is a teenage illustrator of middle grade children's books. He has illustrated My Life As a Book and My Life As a Stuntboy, as well as My Life As a Cartoonist and Einstein the Class Hamster. He collaborates on his novels with his mother, the author Janet Tashjian. He has a video blog entitled Notes From the Panic Room at their My Life as a Book website. He films all of the segments then edits the vlogs in IMovie.

When Jake was in elementary school, he used to draw his vocabulary words on index cards. This later became the inspiration for the main character, Derek, in the My Life As A..series.

Jake grew up in Needham, Massachusetts and currently lives in Los Angeles where he attends Fusion Academy. He is an avid surfer and film aficionado.

Praise For My Life as a Stuntboy

“A fast-moving plot and relatable protagonist make this stand-alone sequel a good choice for boys who, like Derek, would rather reach for a TV remote or game controller than a book.” --School Library Journal “Fans of the first will be utterly delighted by this sequel and anxious to see what Jake will turn up as next.” --BCCB “This is a great package for kids, especially those like Derek who don’t think they like to read.” --Booklist “Another fun, emotionally resonant read for the Wimpy Kid set and beyond.” --Kirkus Reviews