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Boom! by [Haddon, Mark]
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Length: 210 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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From School Library Journal

Grade 5–8—When James, aka Jimbo, and his friend Charlie overhear two of their teachers talking in a strange language, their curiosity is piqued. They investigate the home of one of them, an elderly woman, and discover a note written in the mysterious language and a collection of brass bracelets. Then Charlie goes missing, and Jimbo and his sister embark on a trip to Scotland's Isle of Skye, where they discover that aliens are kidnapping science-fiction fans to repopulate their dying planet. Haddon explains in the foreword that this novel is a revision of his Gridzbi Spudvetch! (Walker, 1994, o.p.). Though this book targets a younger audience than the author's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Doubleday, 2003), the narrative is much more British, which adds a slight comprehension barrier to an otherwise accessible story. Readers of the "My Teacher Is an Alien" series (S & S) will appreciate Bruce Coville's influences. Adventure and quirky humor keep the pages turning, and readers will connect to Jimbo with little difficulty. If they can overcome some of the cultural differences, they will appreciate the simple and engaging tale.—Chris Shoemaker, New York Public Library
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Originally released (and mostly ignored) in 1992 under the title Gridzbi Spudvetch!, Haddon (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, 2003) was inspired by its cult status to extensively rehaul and update the text. Seen with fresh eyes, the result is a minor but nevertheless enjoyable light sci-fi romp. Wanting to get the drop on their teachers, middle-grader Jim and his buddy Charlie hide a walkie-talkie in the teacher’s lounge. What they hear, though, is more than a bit confusing: “Zorner ment. Cruss mo plug” and all other manners of verbal nonsense. Further investigation reveals two of the teachers to be aliens, and after Charlie is abducted, it’s up to Jim and his death-metal obsessed teen sister to save the day. It’s exactly the kind of caper you imagine when you’re a kid, filled with adult conspiracies, secret codes, and wisecrack-filled escapades. Sure, it gets a little tiring during its zany spaceship finale, but it’s hard to find much fault in a climax featuring a giant, disco-obsessed alien spider named Britney. Grades 4-7. --Daniel Kraus

Product details

  • File Size: 401 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385667345
  • Publisher: David Fickling Books; 1 edition (April 26, 2010)
  • Publication Date: May 11, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036S4C2U
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,872 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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