Diary of a Parent Trainer

by Jenny Smith (author)

Suitable for 10+ years

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Product description

Tips on how to control this bizarre species by (undiscovered) genius, Katie Sutton!

Katie is an expert on operating grown-ups. She knows exactly how to get the best out of them, so she decides to write a guide to help the world’s long-suffering teenagers do the same.

But then Katie’s mum starts dating the awful Yellow Tie Man. Suddenly Mum’s acting completely out of character and totally out of control! For everyone’s sake, Katie needs to use all her expertise to get rid of him – and quick!

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Date published

March 3rd, 2011

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.9; Middle years; 9.0 points

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  • 288 pages




  1. Katherine, Scholastic Staff
    on 3 March 2011

    Fun and enjoyable read

    What a fab idea for a book – how to train your grown ups! Katie is a great character who thinks she has everything sussed. She manipulates her mum and predicts her response to everything so she can get her own way….until Katie’s mum gets a new man and Katie cannot control anything she does! I love Katie’s dilemma between choosing power or her mum’s happiness. A funny and enjoyable read about families and growing up.

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What kids think

  1. duffybear
    on 9 January 2014

    If you think that this book will give you step by step instructions on how to train your mom or dad, then you are wrong. This book is realistic fiction. I lost interest soon into the book, but finished it anyway.

    2out of 5
  2. CaribbeanCuba
    on 14 January 2013

    This book is great! It is about Katie’s everyday life and problems with adults. I thought this book was funny and easy-to-read.

    5out of 5
  3. monkey00
    on 3 March 2011

    I want this book to find out how to train my parents!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!