I’ve found it heartening to receive early reviews for my new book Freakout Island. You might notice the author is Justin Christopher, this is my new pen name for children’s titles.


Theo Key, 12

I really like this book, because the characters are really fun, and they each have interesting personalities. I like the idea that Leo’s parents are professional competition winners, and how they never read the fine print on anything. I like Leo’s Habit of playing the video game “MidNite Raider”, and chewing dubbly bubbly bubble gum.

I found the storyline and the main idea intriguing. The idea of getting sent to Freakout Island would be a dream and a nightmare at the same time. If I was one character in the book, I would be Leo Wriggly, because I like his habit; eating bubble gum. I think you should read this book, because it is funny, exciting, and if you like Paul Jennings, you’ll love this.


James Russell, author of The Dragon Brothers. 

Bonkers, batty and completely bananas, Freakout Island is a hoot!


Taylor Malmo

Freakout Island is, put simply, a marvellous book (which is not a phrase that I throw around excessively when talking about literature). It seems to be made of a wonderful concoction of heart, humour, and sheer unfiltered happiness, all held together by a copious amount of pink bubble-gum. The tone is reminiscent of Roald Dahl’s work, with a fantastic story and an endearing cast of characters. I realised, as I lay in bed last night reading the whole thing, that I felt like a 10-year-old again. Granted, it hasn’t been that long since I was a 10-year-old, but as I lay there chuckling to myself, I felt like I should be reading the story under the covers with a torch in hand. It is a book that just radiates joy. I laughed, and gasped, and worried about the characters’ fates, and I loved every second of it.

Freakout Island is a worthwhile read for children of any age and brings out the gum-swallower in all of us.

An easy 5/5 stars.

And here is Hannah with her review!

So what’s it all about?

10-year-old Leo Wriggly lives with his mum and dad who are Professional Competition Winners. In one particularly lucky week, they win a trip for themselves and a trip for Leo to visit a brand new theme park called Friendly Island.

As his parents depart, Leo’s Aunt Margo arrives to babysit, but unlike his parents, she is a stickler for fine print and happily sends her nephew to Friendly Island ‘where chronically misbehaving children are sent to correct their disgusting habits’.

Leo arrives on the island with four other children. At first, it seems like Disneyland, there are dolphin rides and monkey safaris! But there’s a catch. Each mealtime, the children are tricked into drinking a potion that transforms them. Harriet, whose habit was to chew her hair, has grown a bird’s nest on her head. Felix, the boy who picked his nose, has had his brain fall out. Ricky, who kept swearing, can now only squawk like a parrot. Eden, who stole money from her mother’s purse, has hands made of glue. And Leo Wriggly, whose only crime was to swallow gum, must endure blowing massive bubbles out of his butt!

Can this young boy save his friends before the island’s Komodo dragon eats them all for supper?




You’ll notice I am writing as Justin Christopher. Here’s what happened. I emceed an event with (the) Lee Child a few years ago and as we chatted in the green room he asked me whether I had written fiction, and if so, what name I chose to put on the cover. ‘Brown,’ he said, had been stolen by a certain Dan. So he asked me my middle name: Christopher. I liked the sound of it. 

Enjoy Freakout Island, there are more stories to come.

Please feel free to leave a review on Amazon, I’d appreciate it.