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The Johnny Maxwell Trilogy [Hardcover]

Terry Pratchett
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4 Nov 1999
From a computer game in which the aliens want Johnny to negotiate a peace treaty for them, to the inhabitants of a cemetery who are just discovering how much fun being alive can be, to the time of the Blitz, join Johnny Maxwell and his friends in these three terrific tales from the master of comic fantasy. ONLY YOU CAN SAVE MANKIND - Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award. JOHNNY AND THE DEAD - Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal; A Writers' Guild Award Winner; Also televised by LWT for ITV. JOHNNY AND THE BOMB - Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal; Shortlisted for the Children's Book Award; Smarties Prize Silver Medal Winner.


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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books; First Thus edition (4 Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385600801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385600804
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 14.7 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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The Johnny Maxwell trilogy

ONLY YOU CAN SAVE MANKIND Hey, If not you, who else? But what can twelve-year-old Johnny Maxwell do when he's all set to blow the aliens in his computer game into the usual million pieces - and they surrender? They're not supposed to do that! They're supposed to die. And it's only a game, isn't it. Isn't it?

JOHNNY AND THE DEAD Johnny's got bad news for the dead in his local cemetery: the council want to sell the land as a building site. Well, the dead aren't going to take that lying down. They're beginning to find that life is a lot more fun than it was when they were...well...alive. And it's Halloween tomorrow...

JOHNNY AND THE BOMB Mrs Tachyon is just a nutty old bag lady, isn't she? No. Somehow, with her bunch of dubious black bags, she holds the key to different times, different eras - including the Blitz in 1941. Suddenly now isn't the safe place Johnny thought it was as he finds himself bound up more and more with then...

Three terrific tales from the master of comic fantasy, Terry Pratchett, author of the bestselling Bromeliad trilogy and the hugely successful Discworld series.

About the Author

Terry Pratchett is one of the most popular authors writing today. He lives behind a keyboard in Wiltshire and says he 'doesn't want to get a life, because it feels as though he's trying to lead three already'. He was appointed OBE in 1998. He is the author of the phenomenally successful Discworld series and his trilogy for young readers, The Bromeliad, is scheduled to be adapted into a spectacular animated movie. His first Discworld novel for children, THE AMAZING MAURICE AND HIS EDUCATED RODENTS, was awarded the 2001 Carnegie Medal.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A triology of thought provoking humorous book's. 11 Dec 2000
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Each book captures part of normal everyday life. Sometimes times a very funny view, or a quite serious subject. Issues not normally talked about for younger readers are broached in these books. The books are also have underlying moral issues, which are turned over and questioned in a considerate and often humorous way. Somehow Pratchett engages the reader in a crazy mirror of life, taken to extremes, but in a beliveable way. The characters are built upon in each book, like a girl who is competion mad, but misses the human point of view of Johnny. This book made me laugh out loud, and you can see a link with styles that are picked up in the Disc World books. These stories are more in line with reality than the disc world series. Johnny is someone special who the reader could well imagine being! A great read. Some of the storylines are real history based,which I lived through. When my daughter read them she asked about them, for instance space invaders and the gulf war. One way for generations to communicate!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reading 4 Nov 2011
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I bought this trilogy for my new Kindle, while waiting for SNUFF to come out.
I have read all of Terry's adult Discworld books and have now started delving into his childrens' books.
This trilogy is not about Discworld but very entertaining and enjoyable, probably more so than his junior Discworld books, "The Amazing Maurice...." being the exception.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3 Excellent books 29 Sep 2013
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Three different but thoroughly entertaining books featuring Johnny Maxwell and his friends. Classic Terry Pratchett and very funny. Highly recommended..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Maxwell Trilogy 10 July 2013
By jennie
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Terry Pratchett at his best. Much better than the TV series. Good look into WW2 would be excellent introduction for older children getting insight into second world war. The time travelling element adds a new dimension, literally. Would highly recommend this edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 11 Jun 2013
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I know these are meant as childrens' books but I find Terry Pratchett works on so many levels that they are still a great read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Proper Pratchett !! 22 May 2013
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another great book from Terry Pratchett ,laugh out loud in some parts ,close to tears in others.i highly recommend it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Pratchett! 14 May 2013
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Aimed firmly at the younger readers, this is still a series that adults can enjoy. Three plots surrounding the same local gang of adolescent friends - firstly with a computer space invaders game that turns out to be real - secondly, the local cemetary comes to life to complain about local planning proposals - and finally a slip back to WWII to save the people from a bombing raid. All with Mr Pratchett's wry and cynical humour, hugely enjoyable. A definite 'keeper' for me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars brill! 15 Mar 2013
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all different, but such enjoyable reads. As usual with books by TP found all three virtually impossible to put down
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