Boom! by Mark Haddon

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An explosive, highly charged, and hilarious middle-grade adventure from Mark Haddon, acclaimed author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

From the moment that Jim and his best friend, Charlie, bug the staff room and overhear two of their teachers speaking to each other in a secret language, they know there's an adventure on its way.

But what does "spudvetch" actually mean, and why do Mr. Kidd's eyes flicker with fluorescent blue light when Charlie says it to him? Perhaps Kidd and Pearce are bank robbers talking in code. Perhaps they're spies. Perhaps they are aliens. Whatever it is, Jimbo and Charlie are determined to find out.

There really is an adventure on its way. A nuclear-powered, one-hundred-ton adventure with reclining seats and a buffet car. And as it gathers speed and begins to spin out of control, it can only end one way . . . with a BOOM!

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About Mark Haddon

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MARK HADDON is an author, illustrator and screenwriter who has written fifteen books for children and won two BAFTAs. His bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time was published in 2003. It won seventeen literary prizes, including the Whitbread Award. Mark Haddon lives in Oxford. MICHAEL ROSEN was born in 1946 in North London. One of the best-known figures in the children's book world, he is renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter. As an author and by selecting other writers' works for anthologies he has been involved with over 140 books. ZADIE SMITH was born in London. Her novels include White Teeth, The Autograph Man and On Beauty. CARMEN CALLIL was born and educated in Melbourne, Australia and came to the UK in 1960. She is the author (with Colm Toibin) of The Modern Library: The 200 Best Novels in English Since 1950. TIM PARKS currently lives in Italy and is the author of novels, non-fiction and essays. BLAKE MORRISON is the author of two bestselling memoirs and is also a poet, critic, journalist and librettist.
Published April 26, 2010 by David Fickling Books. 210 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Jimbo finds himself beamed to Planet Plonk, where he finds Charlie—and a colony of kidnapped sci-fi fans too dazzled at being on another planet to want to escape.

May 11 2010 | Read Full Review of Boom!

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Jimbo is a normal kid with normal parents and a normal family.

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The Telegraph

Why not dust off an old book, give it a brand-new title, a snazzy orange cover, attach a self-deprecating author’s preface complete with a “heart-warming” tale about a class (that’s one class) of children who want to see the book back in print?

Sep 22 2009 | Read Full Review of Boom!

The Bookbag

The whole thing is pleasure to read and I think probably a pleasure to share by reading aloud too.

Oct 07 2010 | Read Full Review of Boom!


However, when Charlie disappears, Jimbo knows he has to find him.

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