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The Tuckshop Kid

Hungry? Need Lunch? Mum's packed you curried banana and pickle sandwiches again? Only got a $1. 25 to your name? Then you need to see Matt, because Matt has an amazing talent ...


Some kids are good at footy, or handball, or tennis. Not Matt, though. Matt is an expert at Tuckshop. ($1. 25 = sausage roll and small choc milk, by the way)

In the dog-eat-pie world of the playground, when your best friend is the lunch lady and hunger can be just around the corner, someone like Matt can go a long way. But of course, being the best at anything does have its problems. Even tuckshop.

Pat Flynn

Pat Flynn

Pat Flynn grew up running around an old dairy farm in Queensland before moving to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra on a tennis scholarship. After playing and coaching on the professional circuit he became a teacher, where his observations of young people – their interests and stories – led to him writing a series about a teenage skateboarder called Alex Jackson. Pat likes to start the day with a surf and end it walking along the beach with his wife and son. He also enjoys the occasional game of tennis. Pat now writes full time and lives on the Sunshine Coast.