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Newskids on the NetNewskids on the Net

Nick Handel

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Why I wrote this book


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. It’s a perfect read for 9 – 13 year 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.

About the Author

Nick Handel

Nick Handel is a former 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 Children in Need.

His production career began in local radio where one of his duties was writing and presenting a thrice-weekly children's story slot; then came the move to network radio as a producer in Light Entertainment, where he made comedy and factual entertainment for Radios 2 and 4. One of his programmes was was 'Ask a Silly Question!' (a somewhat unusual idea for a radio quiz in that all the contestants were dummies - led by Basil Brush).

Moving to television in the mid-seventies, Nick became film director on That's Life!, making stars of Tramp (an Old English sheepdog who drove a car) and Prince (a Yorkshire Terrier who made the word "Sausages!" a national catchphrase). Since then, he has made documentaries and factual series on a wide range of subjects from missing persons to the price of fame. Now freelance, he spends much of his time training producers and directors both at the BBC and for many leading independent production companies.

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254 pages


Nick Handel



Publication date

3rd July 2014

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