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The Portal [Paperback]

Andrew Norriss
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Book Description

2 Aug 2007

You tend to remember the day your parents disappear. It's one of those things that sticks in your mind. Another of those things is the incredible discovery that behind your dad's office door lies an intergalactic portal . . .

When both of these things happen to William Seward and his brother Daniel they're left with two questions. What are they going to do now? And where are their parents?

Warm, funny, accessible fiction, perfect for boys and girls aged 9 to 12.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (2 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014132158X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141321585
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Andrew Norriss was teaching A level history when a visit to a hypnotherapist resulted in him not only giving up smoking but also becoming a full time writer.

He adapted his best loved story Aquila for television, a series which, along with Bernard's Watch, Matt's Million and Woof! is remembered with great affection.

His book Ctrl-Z was inspired by his son Johnny who, when he dripped baked beans on the table at supper one day, said, 'Ooops Ctrl-Z'.

Andrew loves visiting schools and libraries reminding children that reading is fun and that there is nothing better than a good story. He regularly gives talks to students at the University of Winchester, where he met his wife Jane many years ago. He lives in a village in Hampshire.

His other television credits include The Brittas Empire, and Chance in a Million starring Simon Callow and Brenda Blethyn.

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'Full of believable characters and funny writing, this pacy science-fiction adventure . . . will leave both boys and girls hoping for a sequel' - Junior Education

'Norriss has a wonderful light comic touch' – Sunday Telegraph

Praise for Aquila:

'A wonderful story . . . believable characters, bags of humour and deft plotting with a very satisfying twist' – Telegraph

'Brilliant and inspirational. The plot was light and perfect' – Whitbread Award Judging Panel

About the Author

Andrew Norriss was born in Scotland, went to university in Ireland and taught history in England for ten years before becoming a full-time writer. He has written and co-written many episodes of Bafta Award-winning comedy and children's drama for television, and has written six novels for children, including Aquila, which won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year. He lives with his wife and two children in Hampshire.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Two young boys - no parents 13 Jun 2010
I had bought this for my son and ended up reading it myself. The children in this book are very clever and dependable, it just goes to show what kids are capable of doing. This book grips you from the very start and continues to do so till the end. I'll definately be buying more books written by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fab for teachers 3 Jan 2014
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I bought this book as am a year 6 teacher and tried as a guided reading book at my previous school. The kids loved the story - not as they expected - and had loads of good conversations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 19 Oct 2013
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I loved this book so much! And I reckon YOU (yes, YOU!) will absolutely LOVE it too.
I actually started reading this at school, except I just HAD to finish it, so I bought it on my kindle straight away. I think this book is GREAT!
So, now lets get to the plot. One day, Daniel and his brother come home from school to find his parents have disappeared! And their so-called 'Uncle' Larry turns up! Then, even more strangely, Daniel discovers an underground portal in his house run by his parents! Where have their parents disappeared to? Who is Larry really? Could the portal be anything to do with all the strange happenings?
This book is highly recommended for ages 8 to 15.
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