Pity young Ty! The newly fitted brace seems to fill his mouth. Sadistic English teacher Mr. Brading promptly casts him as Romeo, as the class falls about. School bullies later taunt with "Scrap Gob!" whilst advancing with sticks and stones. Suddenly they are fleeing, screaming with fear - all because of a mysterious object Ty found in the woods. It has awesome powers, sought by sinister beings on high. From now on, his life will never be the same - he a fugitive, closely pursued....
Probably it is best not to question too closely certain plot developments, or to worry if some characters are little more than caricatures. Miss Merrill is decidedly OTT with Cruella De Vil tendencies; Aunty Dawn simply gawps at the television whilst feeding her face (the set in the kitchen preferred because it is nearer the fridge).
In contrast, Ty himself is likeable, by no means a wimp. He has a good friend in countryside ranger Sam Garner, ever-resourceful and full of commonsense. Destined to join them on the run are an old age pensioner, a hairdresser and a youth liberally bedecked with studs - the unlikely five to play a crucial part in averting catastrophe.
A fun start thus evolves into something more substantial, its climax exciting. Readers may differ as to whether the visiting alien convinces, but will be delighted at the fate that befalls somebody particularly horrible.
Despite reservations, this proves an entertaining read. Hints of a possible sequel will please quite a few.