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Jack from Earth by Chris Wooding

Jack from Earth

Chris Wooding

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Category: Children's
Imprint: Scholastic
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication date: 1 Aug 2019
ISBN: 9781407180656

Jack has always known there was something not quite right about his parents: they move him every year, never seem to sleep, and what is that beeping from the attic? But when Jack goes to investigate and accidentally sets off an inter-galactic distress signal, things get CRAZY quickly.

4 stars out of 5
James Lovegrove
6 Sep 2019

"[Wooding] shows a keen understanding of the young person’s mind and gets the balance of silliness and pathos just right"

Jack knows he is not like other kids. His parents treat him less like their offspring and more like a soldier in training. They move across the country on a regular basis, so that he has learnt not to develop close friendships. Everything changes, however, when he is kidnapped by intergalactic bounty hunters, who mistake him for super spy Gradius Clench (to whom, it must be said, he bears an uncanny resemblance). Daft sci-fi high jinks ensue. Wooding, a writer as adept with fantasy sagas as he is with children’s fiction, shows a keen understanding of the young person’s mind and gets the balance of silliness and pathos just right. He deserves credit, too, for slipping in paraphrased quotations from both Hamlet and the movie Aliens on the same page.

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