By: Doug MacLeod
Published by: Penguin Australia
Published: March 2014
ISBN: 9780143568520


Have you heard the one about the guy who lost a grandfather, but found a girlfriend? It's funny. It's also kind of sad. And some of the bits that are sad are also kind of funny (but only if you laugh at that sort of thing).

Adam thinks Samantha could be the one for him. But first he has to sort out his parents' crumbling marriage, stop getting into embarrassing situations involving public nudity, find out what's making his gran so angry, stop his little brother doing something really, really dangerous and work out what's so funny about two tigers on a beach. It can't be that hard, can it?


Thirteen year old Adam’s life is pretty good. Helping his family run the Ponderosa, a ten cabin holiday resort in a small coastal town, everything is okay.

But Adam’s life changes quickly when his Grandpa dies suddenly and his Grandma comes to stay in one of their cabins.

But this story is more than that - it is a story of first love, dealing with disability, learning that it’s okay to be different, family struggles. And, finally, knowledge that everything will work out.

Told in an always humorous style, you gain a real understanding of the characters and hope for their success. An underlying theme throughout the story is jokes that not everyone gets. The book is scattered with these sort of jokes making it best suited to the middle secondary students, particularly, but not only, boys.

This book was included in our March 2014 Secondary Standing Order selection.

Reviewed by Rob