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  • Paperback: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (5 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571233104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571233106
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 410,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is a fast-paced, funny, exciting read ... The story has all the
hallmarks of a great tale - charismatic evil about to destroy the world, a
handful of clearly differentiated characters with only their wits,
friendship and bravery able to prevent it - and it keeps the reader
engrossed ...This was a fun, funny piece of entertainment, and readers who
enjoy Dahl, Horowitz or Molly Moon will very likely enjoy it. -- Writeaway.com

It's a great story that moves at such an entertaining pace that it
leaves the reader open-mouthed with excitement, rooting for the young
characters and wishing you were just a little bit more like them yourself.
In a novel like this, the story needs to fairly rattle along and this one
rattles, rocks and rolls. -- John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Nate and Cat absolutely love inventing. You name it, they've tried
to build it. After accidentally turning their headmaster blue, they win a
year's scholarship with the world's richest, cleverest, most charismatic
inventor, Ebenezer Saint. And along with twenty-three of the brightest
young scientific minds in the land, they begin their year-long stay in the
Saint's Solutions paradise - a vast industrial compound filled with
unimaginable inventions.

But it soon becomes clear that all is not what it seems. Ebenezer Saint is
hiding a dark agenda - and if Nate and Cat ever want to see their families
again, they will have to out-wit, out-run and out-invent the world's
greatest inventor. -- Synopsis

The Inventors is a captivating story that should not be missed. It
is refreshing, imaginative and thoroughly exciting - I only wish I had
written this amazing book myself! -- G. P. Taylor, author of Shadowmancer

The Inventors is a thrilling read... There are moments of humour,
adventure and sadness, but I kept on reading to see what would happen next.
There are some unexpected twists in the tale that make the book even more
exciting. I'll tell all my friends to buy a copy! -- Robin Geddes, aged eleven, winner of 2005 Junior Mastermind

Book Description

Co-created with the author's eleven-year-old brother, Jamie Webb. CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY meets THE TERMINATOR in this darkly humorous, mind-boggling, action-packed adventure.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Book Dad on 31 Mar. 2007
Format: Paperback
I wasn't sure what to expect from this first novel by brothers extraordinaire Alexander Gordon Smith and Jamie Webb, it's always tempting to ignore the hype and look for a books faults when it's dubbed the 'next big thing'. But w had this book as our bedtime read (my daughter is nine and my son is eleven) and for the last few days we've been later to bed than usual cause we just can't put it down! It's just pure adventure and excitement, with a plot that just steamrolls its way from start to finish and which leaves you on the edge of your chair (or the bed, in our case). It's full of great inventions, cool heroes and a terrifying villain, plus loads of chases and action scenes. The book's quite long, but it's so exciting that you've raced through it before you even notice. Both my son and daughter are fighting over who gets to read it next, but I might just confiscate it myself!

Really highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Kate Edwards on 30 Mar. 2007
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This is most certainly the best book I have read in a very very long time, and I read a lot of books!

A great, exciting, thrilling read for children and adults alike (i'm 26). I was hooked from the first page and couldn't put it down. With a clever mix of fun, witty characters, characters you can relate to, and characters that just make you want to hide under the duvet there is certanly something for everyone in this new book.

I would highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 Mar. 2008
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The Inventors is a brilliant example of creative writing with plenty of laugh out loud jokes along the way. The two children Nate and Cat think it is the opportunity of a lifetime when they get a scholarship with the best inventor on the planet but they soon find out that all is not what it seems the two inventors will be staying at Saint Solutions for a year along with 23 of the brightest minds in the country, but the master inventor is not happy with the world he lives in he is a power-crazed maniac that could only come from the heads of Alexander Gordon Smith and Jamie Webb. The story is funny as well as being serious The plot is extremely suspense-ridden and this is a book to remember
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam Barber on 9 Dec. 2007
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Im using my dads computer because I think everyone should buy this for Christmas, and get it for your friends too and all your family. Its the best book ever! Amelia Barber
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By Col on 10 April 2014
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This review is from my 8 yr old son, Max:
It is interesting and fascinating. It has lots of exciting inventions-like the cloud of steam that is a spy camera. I liked one of the main characters ,Nate because he was cool. Nate and Cat are best friends and make lots of exciting inventions, they win a scolarship by inventing a camouflage machine- They go to a famous inventors complex for a year but things are strange and go wrong.This is a good book for 8+ There are lots of pages, words and no pictures (apart from the front cover).It makes good bedtime reading.There is a second book and I am going to read it.
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I just fancied a little light reading and so I purchased this with the idea of just reading a few pages each day. Three days later and I had finished the book and was looking forward to the sequel. This is a book that all young people will get straight into. It resembles charlie and the Chocolate factory, but has some nice twists and turns that you do not see coming. Lots of good dialogue and interaction. Just what you need to cheer yourself up on a cold winter night. Highly Recommended.
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