By: Petra James
Illustrated by: Anna Zobel
Genre: YFQ - Humorous stories (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: Penguin Australia
Published: 3 Sep 2019
ISBN: 9780143793670


When Izzy Winkle - The Most Grateful Girl in the World - enters a competition to find The Most Ungrateful Girl in the World, she is plunged into a hidden society of secret agents, brave pigeons and warring manners.

Daphne du Bois, Etiquette Queen of the Southern Hemisphere, says children should be seen and not heard. Horace Unthank, Professor of Appalling Behaviour, says children should roll in mud, helter-skelter down hills, chew furiously, spit words while chewing furiously... 

With the help of her best friend Katie Skittle, Izzy must beat the Top Ten Ungrateful Girls. And save the world from fibs, nits and rudeness.


Izzy is an extremely polite girl, but when a flyer lands in her window recruiting girls to join The Most Ungrateful Girl in the World competition, she decides to enter. With her best friend Katie beside her, Izzy’s life is about to change forever.

This is a fun story about manners, a serious lack of manners and grateful and truly ungrateful girls. Throw in secret agents, talking pigeons and a cast of remarkably rude people, and readers will thoroughly enjoy this story.

As Izzy and Katie find out, the one thing that matters most is being true to yourself and having a good friend is something we should always be grateful for!

Perfect for those in Year 4 and up.  

Reviewed by Michelle