Underdogs

A near-future war novel, where teenagers who escaped an attack on their special school become the last hope of freeing the British people.

Special education has never looked like this.

Ewan West has grown up being seen as nothing more than a defiant teenage screw-up with learning difficulties. Thankfully, he’s smart as hell in the battlefield. And now that the British population depends on him, his life might finally mean something.

Britain has been conquered, and the nation’s last hope are the Underdogs: a dozen fighters comprised largely of Ewan’s special school classmates, hidden in the abandoned countryside near the prison city of New London.

Ewan and his friends have much to fight against – inside and out – in order to free the British people. 

After all, how do you defeat a clone army that outnumbers you by a million? 

About the author

Chris Bonnello is an award-winning writer and an international speaker on autism issues, formerly a primary school teacher who also works in special education. He is the author of autisticnotweird.com, where he writes about autism from both a professional and personal perspective.

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Why We Like It

  • A neurodiverse war story, where autistic and dyslexic  characters are the HEROES rather than the victims
  • "A fantastic twist on dystopia, with edge-of-your-seat thrills and unlikely heroes... I loved it." - Michael Grant, Author of over 160 books including the Animorphs and the Everworld series, as well as the Making Out series.

Chris Bonnello is an award-winning writer and an international speaker on autism issues, formerly a primary school teacher who also works in special education. He is the author of autisticnotweird.com, where he writes about autism from both a professional and personal perspective. His diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome came at the age of 25, after growing up believing himself to just have – as documented on official forms by a professional educational psychologist – a “slightly odd personality”.

Bonnello launched Autistic Not Weird in April 2015, a venture which has seen him attract over 100,000 Facebook followers, and over 1.8 million website hits. His first publication, “What We Love Most About Life”, was an uplifting book designed to help autistic young people feel less alone.

Bonnello passed his Masters degree in Creative Writing with distinction, graduating in December 2017. He was also a nominee for the 2017 National Diversity Awards (Positive Role Model for Disability) and a two-time winner at the Autism Hero Awards (Top Journalist 2017, Online Social Community 2018).

His personality remains slightly odd.

How it works

The book will be delivered in 10 instalments (or staves), one every day. The instalments are delivered to your Pigeonhole bookshelf on your IOS or Android app, plus you can read on our web reader. You will receive an email letting you know when each stave is available.

We believe that shared reading leads to new ideas and connections. That’s why we have a dynamic commenting system which allows in-text discussion between our readers. Post a comment and all your fellow readers will be able to respond. You can also choose to receive notifications (customise them here) when someone responds to your comment, or, additionally, whenever a comment is left in the book.

As you read you will see round purple icons at the edge of certain paragraphs – tap on these to reveal behind-the-scenes extra content!

Links will be included at the end of the final stave which will allow you to leave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. The full book will be available on your Pigeonhole bookshelf for one month for you to read at your leisure. 

Any questions? Drop us a line on laurence@pigeonholepublishing.com.

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