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The Perfect Parent Project

Written by Stewart Foster

Key Stage 2 Key Stage 3 Family / Home Stories Funny Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

LoveReading View on The Perfect Parent Project

Full of unmistakable authenticity, humour and heart this story of Sam’s search for a real home is unmissable and unforgettable

Selected for The Book Box by LoveReading4Kids

Stewart Foster has made an award-winning name for himself as an author who writes stories which provide real insights into other lives, often with characters who must negotiate some quite challenging emotional territory.

This fourth novel takes him into some very personal history having been a foster carer himself, and tells the story of Sam McCann, a boy who longs for a permanent home and a real family. Sam is an unforgettable and not always likeable character and the Perfect Parent Project he launches with his best friend Leah may be genuinely funny in Sam’s almost wilful bad choices and the consequent inescapable disasters that occur, but we gradually find out more of his back story and begin to understand his impulses and empathise with his lack of self-esteem and the setbacks he has endured. Sam is also learning along the way. Recognising his own self-obsessed neglect of his friend’s problems and waking up to the importance of the relationships under his nose and the unimportance of the qualities he had thought were paramount for a parent. These being the BMW, the latest gadgets and the Disneyland holidays that show that he is, in many ways, a very typical eleven year old! Never patronising nor preachy, this engaging, highly entertaining and fast paced story will prompt some valuable discussion about other lives and experiences as well as deepening children’s understanding of their own emotional responses.

An absolute must for empathy collections, this will also be a popular leisure read.

Joy Court

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The Perfect Parent Project Synopsis


1. A mega mansion like the ones footballers live in

2. A garage wall with a basketball hoop

3. No gerbils

4. Holidays to Disneyland

All Sam wants is a family of his own, a home instead of a 'house' and parents he knows will still be there when he wakes up. Because Sam has been in and out of foster care his whole life and he can't imagine ever feeling like he truly belongs. Then his best friend Leah suggests that rather than wait for a family to come to him, he should go out and find one. So begins The Perfect Parent Project ... But Sam may just discover that family has a funny way of finding you.

The Perfect Parent Project Press Reviews

'Friendship, laughter, suspense and more!' - Ross Welford 

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471191268
Publication date: 21st January 2021
Author: Stewart Foster
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3
Topics: Family / Home Stories, Family Issues, Funny, Personal Social Health Economic

About Stewart Foster

Stewart Foster was named a New Author to Watch by the Guardian and was an Amazon Rising Star for his adult novel, published in the UK. The Bubble Boy was his first book for young readers, and he has since gone on to write All the Things That Could Go Wrong and Check Mates. Totally obsessed with soccer, he lives in Bath, England, with his two daughters, Lois and Tallulah.

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