Children's Laureate 2001-2003
Carnegie Medal 1989, 1992
Whitbread Award 1993, 1996
Guardian Fiction Award 1990
Tom wants to join the army, but he has to pass his exams first!
When he turns up without proper uniform on exam day, strict Mrs Dell threatens to send him home. There are spare clothes available, but is Tom brave enough to face the exam hall - in a skirt?
Touching comedy for low ability readers. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 8+