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The ‘S’ Word:
A Boy’s Guide to Sex, Puberty and Growing Up


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OK, here’s a very short pop quiz. No cheating, no talking.

Question 1. Boys think about sex:
a. when they’re awake
b. when they’re asleep
c. when they’re half awake and half asleep
d. all of the above

Growing up is tough, especially the bit between being a boy and being a man. It’s tough because so much is changing at once. Your body, your emotions, your interests and the way other people see you. The way you look at girls, and the way they look at you. Plus there’s those dreams.

Using humour and sensitivity, James Roy presents a book that will help any young man navigate the confusing minefield that lies between boyhood and manhood. With some help from his friend Richard the Wise, he talks frankly about sex, puberty and relationships and shows that becoming a man doesn’t have to scare the pants off you.

(By the way, it was d. )

James Roy

James Roy

James Roy was born in country NSW in 1968. When he was very young, his family moved to Papua New Guinea and later to Fiji, where he spent much of his childhood adventuring by day and reading by night. After finishing high school he studied to become a registered nurse, but the urge to tell stories remained strong.

Since his first novel was published in 1996, James has written over twenty books for young people, including the CBCA Honour Books Captain Mack and Billy Mack’s War, several Notable Books in the same awards, and Anonymity Jones, which won the young adult category of the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards in 2011. His short story collection Townwas awarded the Ethel Turner Prize in the NSW Premier’s Awards in 2008 and was shortlisted for several other awards, including the prestigious German Youth Literature Prize.

When he isn’t speaking at schools and festivals across Australia and beyond, James lives with his family in a creaky 100-year-old house in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. In his increasingly limited spare time he enjoys music, art and photography.

Gus Gordon

Gus Gordon

Gus Gordon is an illustrator based on the northern beaches of Sydney. He studied at the Julian Ashton School of Arts whilst drawing for a variety of magazines and newspapers. He illustrated his first children’s book, The Trouble with Parents by Dianne Bates in 1996. He has since illustrated nearly 50 children’s books, including Brain Drain by Christine Harris, Jackie French’s Captain Purrfect and To The Moon and Back, The Dirt Experiment by Richard Glover, the entire ‘So Series’ by J A Mawter, various ‘Aussie Bites and Nibbles’ including Ruff and Tumble by Mary Small, Born to Bake by Phillip Gwynne and the soon to be published Sing, Pepi Sing by Jen Storer. He has just finished illustrating The ‘S’ Word by James Roy.

Gus loves ham, cheese and avocado sandwiches.