Children's Laureate 2001-2003
Carnegie Medal 1989, 1992
Whitbread Award 1993, 1996
Guardian Fiction Award 1990
Hugo wants a gerbil, but his dad says it's cruel to keep an animal in a cage.
Hugo doesn't agree, and so Dad challenges him to spend a day cooped up in his room.
The countdown has barely begun when Hugo starts to go stir-crazy.
Warm, witty and wise to the impatience of childhood, this is Anne Fine on great form, encouraging young readers to develop imagination and empathy. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all, with:
Out for the Count is a book by Anne Fine for younger children and solo readers, and is illustrated by Vicki Gausden. It was published by Barrington Stoke on 15th March 2016.
It is a revised version of Countdown, first published in 1996 and subsequently reissued, most recently in the Crabtree Publishing Company's Yellow Bananas series. It has been fully revised for this new edition, with new illustrations.