The Greatest Blogger in the World

Andrew McDonald

The Greatest Blogger in the World
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The Greatest Blogger in the World

Andrew McDonald

Charlie Ridge has one small goal in life - to be the Greatest Blogger in the World. The internet has been in a frenzy since a competition began to win the website address, and Charlie is making sure he’s the number one contender. Charlie has plenty to blog about - his best mate Phattius Beats, who runs an illegal red-cordial business at school; his little brother, who insists on wearing a tuxedo to kinder; and his number one crush, who is the teacher’s pet and always wears knee-high boots. Oh, and his pet duck, Barcode. Then some really blog-worthy things happen. When the school mascot is stolen and a multinational corporation tries to take over the school formal, Charlie has his chance to Be the Hero, Get the Girl and Save the Day. That’s got to give him a leg up on the quest to be the Greatest Blogger in the World, right?


The Greatest Blogger in the World is a funny mystery book that features a nerd in disguise, a person who’s as boring as cardboard, a friend of the nerd who always makes money, a little brother who insists on wearing a tuxedo, a girl who wears huge boots to school and a jobless dad who’s on an endless feud with his wife, a duck called Barcode, and the most fun teacher ever, who makes school fun!

This book makes you feel connections between the characters and yourself – and kids you know. The main character, Charlie Ridge, has a big goal in life: to be the world’s greatest blogger. But with competition like nasty old Dr Maryloaf, his hopes of winning aren’t very high. But suddenly, he has a heap to blog about.

With a life motto like ‘be the hero, get the girl and save the day’, it’s obvious that Charlie and his brother Josh watch too much James Bond – especially when Josh wears his emergency tuxedo. Then, Charlie has a mystery to solve on who stole the unshorn merino. (The unshorn merino is a big, fluffy sheep!) Charlie, Cardboard (aka Lance), Phattius Beats and the Boots (aka Eleanor Cameron) all work together to solve the mystery, and Charlie has to find time for blogging.

How will this catastrophe end? Then, when he gets a lot of surprises, what will Charlie be thinking? To find out, you’ll have to read! It’s 257 pages, plus 4 extra, so it’s a good book for readers aged 8-14. Now it has inspired me to make my own blog!

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