Boom!: Or 70,000 Light Years (Paperback)

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“What a really clever, exciting, and funny novel! Mark Haddon (as he also did in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time) has an incredible knack for writing perfectly in the voice of the outside-of-the-mainstream adolescent boy. And if reading Boom! doesn't make you want to walk around hailing everyone you know with a hearty 'Spudvetch!' then your sense of humor is definitely broken.”
— Heather Elia, Colgate Bookstore, Hamilton, NY


An explosive, highly charged, and hilarious middle-grade adventure from Mark Haddon, acclaimed author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

From the moment that Jim and his best friend, Charlie, bug the staff room and overhear two of their teachers speaking to each other in a secret language, they know there's an adventure on its way.

But what does "spudvetch" actually mean, and why do Mr. Kidd's eyes flicker with fluorescent blue light when Charlie says it to him? Perhaps Kidd and Pearce are bank robbers talking in code. Perhaps they're spies. Perhaps they are aliens. Whatever it is, Jimbo and Charlie are determined to find out.

There really is an adventure on its way. A nuclear-powered, one-hundred-ton adventure with reclining seats and a buffet car. And as it gathers speed and begins to spin out of control, it can only end one way . . . with a BOOM!

About the Author

Mark Haddon's work as an author includes" A Spot of Bother, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time", "The Real Porky Philips", "Agent Z" and "Titch Johnson" "- Almost World Champion". His work for television includes "Coming Down the Mountain", "Fungus the Bogeyman "and "Microsoap". "Polar Bears" (2010) was Mark Haddon's first work for the theatre. Simon Stephens has been the recipient of both the Pearson Award for Best New Play 2001-2 for his play "Port", and the Olivier Award for Best New Play 2005 for "On the Shore of the Wide World". His recent plays include "Harper Regan" (National Theatre), " Punk Rock" (Lyric Hammersmith/Royal Exchange, Manchester), "Pornography "(Traverse and Birmingham Rep), "Wastwater "(Royal Court and Wiener Festwochen), "The Trial of Ubu "(Hampstead Theatre) and "Three Kingdoms" (Lyric Hammersmith).
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385752244
ISBN-10: 0385752245
Publisher: Yearling Books
Publication Date: May 10th, 2011
Pages: 194
Language: English