Gordon can see everyone else in his class getting gold stars for being good at something: Lucy has neat handwriting, Rachel is the best footballer, Peter makes great clay figures, but all Gordon seems to do is make a mess and get into trouble for being silly. So when they are choosing teams for a quiz, no-one wants Gordon: they say he is rubbish. But the children all agree that Gordon is kind, cheerful and funny - and from now on, Mrs Tonks will give a star to someone who shows those qualities every day. It will be called 'The Gordon Star' - and the first person to get it is Gordon
Rebecca Patterson studied at the Royal College of Art, before going on to do Camp America twice, and travelling to Australia. She has two children, and lives in Cambridge. This is her first book. Mary Rees lives in East Sussex. Although she is British, she was born in Malta,and studied at the Glasgow School of Art. She now has a well-established reputation as an illustrator of children's picture books. She is married, and has two sons.