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  • Published: 4 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9781761042737
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $17.99

Tom Weekly 6: My Life and Other Failed Experiments




Australia's favourite kid, Tom Weekly, is back with a new book of all disastrous, all preposterous, and definitely all hilarious adventures!

Discover what happens when you mix one kid with nine attack possums. Observe the result of a guinea pig hostage situation. Learn from my get-rich-quick scheme to put Australia's angriest ice-cream man out of business. Get ready to judge the world's deadliest fruitcake competition. And if I survive it all, let's call the experiment a success.

More handy stuff inside:
1. Tips on avoiding household chores
2. Weird facts about guinea pigs
3. How to eat a car

  • Published: 4 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9781761042737
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $17.99

About the authors

Tristan Bancks

Tristan Bancks tells stories for the page and screen. His books for kids and teens include Two Wolves, The Fall, Detention, the Tom Weekly series and Nit Boy. His books have won and been shortlisted for many awards, including a Children’s Book Council of Australia Honour Book, the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, ABIA, YABBA, KOALA, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and Queensland Literary Awards. His new release for 2021 is Ginger Meggs, a 100th anniversary book of brand new short stories based on characters created by his great-great uncle, Jimmy Bancks, in 1921.


Tristan is a writer-ambassador for literacy charity Room to Read. He is currently working with producers to develop a number of his books for the screen. He’s excited by the future of storytelling and inspiring others to create. You can find out more about Tristan’s books, play games, watch videos, join his Young Writers’ StorySchool and help him try to change the world at tristanbancks.com

Gus Gordon

Gus Gordon is an internationally acclaimed illustrator and author. He has illustrated and written over 80 books for children. His illustrations are known for their loose and energetic line work, mixed media and humour. His writing is always anthropomorphic. He attributes this to his love of Kenneth Grahame's Wind in The Willows.
Gus's first picture book, Wendy, was a Notable Book in the 2010 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year Awards.

His second picture book, Herman and Rosie, now published in twelve countries, has been internationally acclaimed and awarded.

Somewhere Else was published by Penguin Random House Australia in 2016 and has won many awards internationally, including a 2017 CBCA Notable book and 2017 book of the year for 5-8 year olds in the Speech Pathology book awards in Australia.

Praise for Tom Weekly 6: My Life and Other Failed Experiments

The new hilarious instalment in Tom Weekly’s adventures . . . didn’t disappoint . . . Again, Tristan has given us a prime motivator to get kids reading – and enjoying it – this is bound to be another sure-fire winner with the kids from around Year 3 upwards.

Sue Warren, https://losangzopa.wordpress.com/

These guys are having way too much fun. Author Tristan Bancks and illustrator Gus Gordon are at it again with more stories about poor Tom Weekly. Tom Weekly: My Life and Other Failed Experiments is the sixth book in the series and the laughs continue.

Heather Zubek, West Australian

An endearing chapter book that charts the hazardous journey that is Tom’s everyday life . . . Tom Weekly would appeal to a wide audience, including boys, girls and curious parents . . . Tom Weekly is undoubtedly more-ish.

Tamantha Smith, Magpies

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