Do your teachers speak in a really weird language when they think you’re not looking? Do they wear a brass wrist band that they use to communicate with someone in another galaxy? Do their eyes flash blue when you annoy them? If you answered yes to all of these questions it is very likely that your teachers are aliens from another planet and you should get as far away from them as possible.
In Mark Haddon’s new book, Boom!, Jim and Charlie do exactly the opposite when they discover something weird is going on. When Jim overhears a conversation between his teachers, he believes that they are trying to get him sent to a new school and so with the help of his best friend Charlie, they bug the staff room. However, what they actually hear is two of their teachers speaking in a strange language and so they set out to find some answers to these strange goings-on. This story has everything – action, adventure, aliens, mysterious men in gray suits, cool alien technology, a strange language and lots of laughs.
You may know of Mark Haddon as the author of the hugely popular Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. Boom! is a completely different sort of story for a different age group but it’s an out-of-this-world read.