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The mute button

The mute button

Irving, Ellie, author; Ross, Tony, illustrator

Anthony Button's family has always been pretty chaotic. It just got a bit crazier when Dad's new-son-that-he-never-knew-existed-until-like-two-days-ago appears on the scene. Now Anthony has to put up with another brother taking up all of his mum and dad's time, which doesn't leave much time for him. Sometimes Anthony feels like he might as well not exist, so he decides to just stop speaking for a bit and see what happens. Suddenly everyone is paying attention to Anthony: his parents are worried, his friends think he's gone weird and his brothers and sisters think they can use it to get a holiday to Disneyland! But with all this attention, will Anthony ever want to speak again?

Book. English. General. Fiction 9+. Children's stories.
Published London: Corgi Books, 2014
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Details

Statement of responsibility: Ellie Irving ; cover and interior illustrations by Tony Ross
ISBN: 055256835X, 9780552568357
Intended audience: Juvenile.
Physical Description: 295 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm

Author note

Ellie was born in Bristol, but raised in a hamlet on the outskirts of Southend-on-Sea by a family of avid readers. So avid, in fact, her mum enrolled her in the local library before she'd even emerged from the womb, which was awkward for all concerned. Ellie's passion for writing stories flourished aged seven, when her parents bought her a Petite Super International typewriter for Christmas, and there was no stopping her.
After studying for a Broadcasting Degree at the University of Leeds, Ellie realised there were too few home makeover shows in the world, and worked on a number of DIY and Garden programmes for UK Style. She then returned to studying and completed an MA in Screenwriting in 2008.
She lives in London.

Reviews

"BRILLIANT - utterly gripping, well written and one my 2014 favourites so far. For any 9+ readers out there, this is a must-read.The Mute Buttonis a fantastic book, brilliantly realised and featuring one of the best literary families I've had the pleasure of meeting."
Wondrous Reads

Back cover copy

How do you make yourself heard in the midst of chaos?

Anthony Button loves his big family, but their noise can drive him crazy.
And with the arrival of a brand-new older brother, it's worse than ever!

So Ant starts a silent protest to try and get everyone's attention.
But now he's pressed the mute button, will he ever find his voice again?