Small Change for Stuart by Lissa Evans (group set, 7 books)

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Small Stuart embarks on an awfully big adventure in this quirky puzzle-solving novel. Uprooted from London by his kindly but distracted parents, Stuart finds himself with nothing to do in his seemingly lifeless new home town. The only interest comes from the confusion caused by the identical triplets next door, and that just makes things worse. But a long-lost letter from a long-lost great uncle sets Stuart off unlocking one baffling puzzle after another. Each more curious than the one before, the far-fetched solutions they require bring the book to a satisfying conclusion.

  • Free discussion guide on this website
  • Mystery
  • rich language and vocabulary
  • longer text requires sustained reading between sessions. Best read as a class novel with key passages selected for guided reading.
  • 288 pages

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Lissa Evans interviewed by Graham Marks

Lissa Evans started her professional life as a doctor; it was a brief career, which she hated (“I was scared and didn’t know anything”), but while practising medicine she was also doing stand-up, which led to her real calling as a comedy producer on radio and TV. And then she started writing, her third adult novel, Their Finest Hour and a Half, getting on the long list for the Orange Prize. 

Here she talks to fellow author and journalist Graham Marks about all that, and her first children’s book.

You moved from medicine, through stand-up, to radio comedy – was that an easy transition?

I was doing the comedy, while I was a doctor, during the early years of the stand-up scene, not making any money, but really enjoying it. When I decided to give up medicine I thought ‘what else can I do?’.

We were lucky in those days…I had no debts whatsoever, in fact I had a bit of  money saved, I had no mortgage, no family or responsibilities and I was living at a friend’s house for a tiny rent; I was looking through the Guardian’s Media pages, with absolutely no idea what I wanted to do, and there was an advert for a BBC radio comedy producer. And actually, once I got in, my background was OK for the job, because lots of people came in from the performance angle; so, medicine aside, it wasn’t the leap it might seem as I had been doing precisely what was needed for that job.

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