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Boom! [Kindle Edition]

Mark Haddon
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Boom! Is a roller-coaster read with spaceships, spies and mortal danger!

Jim and his best friend Charlie weren't looking for adventure, when they decided to bug the staffroom . . . But then they overhear their teachers speaking in a secret language and it's too late to turn back. And now they have to explain to the police, the headmistress and their parents where they've been for a whole week - without mentioning the aliens.

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"An explosive adventure" (The Bookseller)

"A wildly energetic and anarchic adventure involving kidnaps and scooter rides, with the children trying to outwit the evil or incompetent adults (not terribly difficult). Great fun for young readers" (Daily Mail)

"One to read aloud" (The Sunday Times)

"Funny, pacey adventure that blends a fairly kitchen sink set of family dynamics with some utterly zany fantasy. There is a big whiff of Roald Dahl anarchy about it . . . A crackling little story" (

"A funny, exciting read" (Carousel)

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An explosive and hilarious adventure for younger readers from the bestselling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 290 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: RHCP Digital (6 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849920133
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849920131
  • ASIN: B0031RDVQO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,759 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 simultaneously by Jonathan Cape and David Fickling in 2003. It won seventeen literary prizes, including the Whitbread Award. His poetry collection, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, was published by Picador in 2005, and his last novel, The Red House, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2012. He lives in Oxford.

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I made a mistake... 4 Oct. 2009
I bought this book because I had read and enjoyed two other of Mark Haddons books (curious incident and spot of bother) both of which I had really enjoyed, particularly curious incident. However, as soon as it arrived I realised that I had made a big mistake because this is very clearly a children's rather than an adult's book. In retrospect I should have read the blurb about it more fully before I clicked the purchase button, as it is clearly labelled as 'children's fiction'. However, since I had shelled out the money I read it anyway. It is a story narrated from the perspective of a young boy aged about 12-13. His older sister tells him he is going to be expelled from school and desperate to find out if this is true, with the help of his friend, he bugs the staff room at school. However, what he finds out is something far more interesting and this launches him on an adventure that is literally out of this world. The story roars along at a fair pace and I think it will probably appeal to children in the 8-11 age range (hence 4 stars). Kids older than 11 probably won't be sucked in to the storyline. If you have children in the 8-11 age range it would be a good birthday or Christmas gift. If you don't have children in this age bracket then don't make the same mistake I did. This is nothing like `curious incident' or `spot of bother'.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boom Boom 8 Jun. 2010
By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This book was originally published as Gridzbi Spudvetch!, or that was an earlier version of the book published in 1993. Unlike most books that are republished after the author achieves a level or notoriety or fame that should have stayed unpublished, this one is a phenomenal book. There is an interesting preface in which Haddon says not to name a book Gridzbi Spudvetch because no one knows how to pronounce it nor will they buy it. He also talks about wanting to update the book and how when working on it he changed nearly every sentence, updating and improving the story. If that is the case, he did an amazing job.

The story is told from Jimbo's perspective; he is telling the story of his friendship, and the strange things he and his friend discover. And it all starts because his older sister tries to put one over on him, by making him think he is going away to a school for dummies. The inside cover of the book states: "It was a stupid, insane, suicidal idea. Which makes it quite hard to explain why I decided to help. I guess it boils down to this. Charlie was my best friend. I missed him. And I couldn't think of anything better to do. Really stupid reasons which were never going to impress the police, the headmistress or my parents. Looking back, I reckon this was the moment when my whole life started to go pear-shaped." This is a story about aliens, it is a story about growing up, it is a story about families but most of all it is a story about friendship. It was a light, easy read, the prose flowing smoothly and effortlessly. I read it in two sittings, and enjoyed it so much I am going to track down the original version to do a comparison. It is a wonderful book for adults, or teens.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I'm one of the legion of adult readers who quite enjoyed "The Curious Incident of the dog in Night Time." I didn't catch up with his last book (A Spot of Bother), but thought I'd check out this latest one. The first thing potential readers should know about the book is despite the jacket copy declaring it a "hilarious adventure for all ages," the book is intended for children ages 8-12 or so. As a result, it's very short (adult readers should be able to read it comfortably in about 90 minutes), it's entirely "clean" (no curse words, etc.), and the characters are pretty thinly developed. As such, it's very well suited to its intended audience, but adult readers will probably find it too simple. The second thing potential readers should know about the book is that it's not new -- it's a retitled (and possibly revised) version of Haddon's 1993 book Gridzbi Spudvetch!, which was only published in the UK. So, if you take issue with popular authors repackaging their backlist, you've been warned.

The story itself concerns two young (maybe 10-11ish?) boys who stumble into an intergalactic adventure (that's not a spoiler, the cover image of a rocket ship kind of gives it away). When eavesdropping on their teachers, they are confused by a sudden transition to gibberish. Intrigued, they investigate further, and soon find themselves on the run from mysterious men in grey suits with lasers in their fingers! (The cover of the original UK version actually has a pretty cool comic-book style drawing of a scene involving one of those fingers.) Anyway, wacky adventures ensue, with some genuine peril thrown in. The story has some potentially interesting elements, especially the unemployed father of one of them.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very amusing 8 Oct. 2009
I have read two Haddon books and must admit that I also loved this one. Even if it was rated as a childrens book I enjoyed it very much and had to laugh often. Try it, it has only 200 pages:-)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant BOOM 15 Dec. 2009
BOOM received by my grandson for his 9th birthday. He rated it 'brilliant, fantastic,' Hes reading it for the second time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not made clear the text is German!
Published 16 days ago by MR T C NADIN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bought for a relative who liked it.
Published 17 days ago by ULM
5.0 out of 5 stars EPIC
Really good book so gripping ,but you can't read it in one night witch is a bit sad . There are some bits that you think you can never forget.
Published 1 month ago by gamer36821
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Really great book. Lots of action and quite funny. Lots of cliffhangers and suitable for children of my age (9 yrs)
Published 1 month ago by Roz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for kids and fun for aduts.
Great fun, a children's book but I enjoyed it and I am a cynical adult!
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. J. Wynter
5.0 out of 5 stars always good
Mark Haddon does it again. who'd have thought listening to your teachers conversation would lead you to another planet? Brilliantly written with a degree of humour.
Published 4 months ago by ant turner
4.0 out of 5 stars it came in good condition and otherwise as expected
Apart from realising I had ordered this in German by mistake, it came in good condition and otherwise as expected.
Published 4 months ago by Kirsty
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Boom
Chose this as I'd read some of his already. Not disappointed, great book for schools as would lead to great discussions. Read more
Published 5 months ago by K N Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Is there a second one?
Written in a very witty style, this book provides lots of laughs, but at the same time gets tenser and tenser until... BOOM!!
Published 5 months ago by Bottomfeeder
4.0 out of 5 stars Spudvetch!
I chose a four star rating as its a great book that takes you on a rollercoaster ride. mark haddon continues to show his literary expertise with a book like this such fun such... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Pseudonymous
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