Boom!

Boom!

eBook - 2010
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From the moment that Jimbo 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 that nothing is as it seems. But what does "spudvetch" mean, and why do Mr. Kidd's eyes flicker with fluroscent blue light when Charlie says it to him? Perhaps the teachers are bank robbers speaking in code; perhaps they're spies, or aliens. Whatever they are, Jimbo and Charlie know that there is a big adventure on its way: a nuclear-powered, one-hundred-tonne one, with reclining seats and a buffet car. And as it gains speed and begins to spin out of control, it can only end one way — with a BOOM! From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Doubleday Canada, 2010
ISBN: 9780307374493
Characteristics: 208 p
Additional Contributors: 3M Company

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ChristchurchLib Oct 22, 2013

"It begins as a simple prank to eavesdrop on the teacher's lounge at school. But after Jim and Charlie overhear their teachers talking in a weird, not-quite-human language, they stumble into an evil alien conspiracy. So when the aliens abduct Charlie, Jim (along with his metal-head sister Becky) has no choice but to set out on a rescue mission involving a motorcycle chase, a trip to the planet Plonk, a giant alien spider named Britney, and (if they're lucky) saving the world. For another off-the-wall caper of galactic proportions, try Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass." Kids' Books October 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=692609

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GuyN
Feb 16, 2013

This book starts with a very funny 12 year old boy assessment of his family members. His humorous voice continues, if somewhat more subdued, when the action picks up. Easy to read, even though British, this juvenile (8-12 yrs) sci-fi book is imaginative and fun for anyone.

Cdnbookworm Feb 11, 2013

I've loved every book of his I've read and this one is no exception. But this is a book for kids. Jim and his older sister Becky have the usual brother sister teasing relationship, although she's grown a bit more antagonistic lately. So when she tells him she overhead teachers talking about shipping him off to a reform school, he's pretty sure she's teasing, but not absolutely sure. He talks to his best friend Charlie and the two decide to bug the teachers' staffroom to see if it's true. What they hear shocks them both. It would seem that two of the teachers have a secret language, but what is behind this. As the two boys investigate, things begin to get a bit scary for them, and when Charlie disappears Jim finds himself calling on Becky for assistance. Of course, as with all older sisters she comes through when it counts.
With a great story, and great characters, this book is a winner all the way. There's a nice side story of Jim's dad and his struggle for meaning in his life, too.

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zinger50
Aug 08, 2012

not what you would expect from the first 8 or so chapters.
Packed with fantasy so surreal that it almost made me laugh. One of the best books i've ever read.

WPL_Kids Jul 03, 2012

A fun, quirky tale involving a pair of friends and an alien encounter. The British terminology makes it a bit different, but the humour transcends all boundaries.

Mewsician Jan 21, 2012

If you like a fast-paced, quick read about evil aliens and smart kids, you've come to the right place. This one is funny at the same time that it's a bit scary. It also has some nicely gross things in it, like giant spiders and super-fast alien transport that makes people vomit.

Jim and Charlie are two great best friends.They want to find out why their teachers are talking in a weird language. But, when Charlie suddenly disappears one day Jim has to go find him. So, Jim and his sister are out to seek a big mystery that needs to be solved.

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Mewsician Jan 21, 2012

Mewsician thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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Jun 14, 2011

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Jun 14, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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