Troubador Newskids on the Net

Released: 28/10/2014

ISBN: 9781784620028

Format: Paperback

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Newskids on the Net


Set in an England that is finally hosting the World Cup, Newskids on the Net is the re-release of Nick Handel’s popular children’s thriller, which has sold over 3,000 copies. It’s a perfect read for 9 – 13 years olds in this World Cup year and will have even reluctant readers on the edges of their seats. Ever wondered what it would be like to have your own TV station? With the help of cameraman Ollie ‘Sniffer’ Morris (who can smell a great news story from miles away), designer Becky Morris (aka the ‘IT’ girl), presenter Rachael Cooper (a cool and talented American actress in year 10) and Akbar Khan (techno wizard), fourteen-year-old Max Taylor finds a way to create one in his dad’s garden shed. Their first programme is a disaster, but the reaction from the audience is beyond the team’s wildest dreams. And when a girl at school goes missing, Newskids on the Net becomes the nerve centre of a desperate nationwide search. Soon, the kids themselves are front-page news and are propelled into a deadly adventure where kidnaps, secret recordings lead to a nerve-jangling climax at the World Cup semifinals at Wembley Stadium.

Newskids on the Net is a thriller for young readers aged from nine to early teens. It is set in a year in which England is hosting the World Cup. Written by former BBC TV producer Nick Handel, it tells the story of a group of teenagers who set up their own TV news station; but when a school friend goes missing, Newskids on the Net becomes the nerve centre of a desperate nationwide search. Soon the kids themselves are front page news and propelled into a deadly adventure involving a corrupt England striker. Kidnapping, late night stake-outs and secret recordings lead to a nerve-jangling climax at a World Cup semifinal at Wembley Stadium.

"I usually don't finish books, but finished this one quickly and loved it. My mum thought I was asleep, but I was reading." Hatty Wollard, 11, Dorset

"I read the book in two sittings becasue I couldn`t put it down. You will want to read it all at once." Oscar Powell, 12. Warwickshire
"Tension dripping from every page. The climax at Wembley was an action-packed ending to a fantastic book."
Sam Thomson, 13. Surrey

Nick is supporting the novel with a website, where he takes readers behind the scenes of the book and offers his top tips for young video-makers.

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Nick  Handel

Nick Handel is a former award-winning BBC TV producer whose many credits include In At The Deep End (with Chris Serle and Paul Heiney), Jobs For The Girls (with Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson) and the annual Children in Need appeal.

As film director on "That`s Life!" he discovered the talking Yorkshire terrier who made the world "Sausages" a national catch phrase and went on to make documentaries on a wide range of subjects from missing persons to the price of fame. Now freelance, he spends much of his time mentoring the next generation of producer/directors and works extensively with literacy departments in schools. His new book, "Calling the Shots!" ( helps children understand how film and TV use a variety of techniques to tell stories and explains how those same techniques can be applied to their own creative writing.

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