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3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  118 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
It's a spaceship from the past - can it change the future?

Aquila has been found by boys bunking off a geography field trip. They have no idea where it came from or what it does. But Geoff's discovered that when you sit in it these little coloured lights come on, and if you push one of the big blue oneS . . . WHOOSH!
Paperback, 144 pages
Published November 29th 2001 by Puffin (first published February 3rd 1998)
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Ian Tymms
Lovely book. Solid G5 to G6 text that is engaging, thoughtful and entertaining. See it as a great book to get boys reading.
Matilda Rose
Nov 04, 2014 Matilda Rose rated it really liked it
Tom and Geoff are two schoolboys, who are always getting low marks in their tests, but when they find Aquila, everything changes. . .
In this book, Tom and Geoff find a secret machine called Aquila, which speaks Latin. It can do everything, including speaking to them. They used it to get themselves out of the ditch they found it in, by flying, then they discovered a way to get it back home. They found out that it could not only do good things, but it could also start fires and drag people or obje
The Styling Librarian
Aquila by Andrew Norriss – Interesting science fiction book… interesting how the inquiry process really is blatantly presented in this book. Boys skip out on a field trip and discover a skeleton and a spaceship in a cave. Boys learn how to fly around and work the spaceship. Then boys find one thing they’re interested in researching after another. Teachers become concerned and curious about the boyschange in attitude towards reading and learning… I enjoyed the book overall. Wouldn’t mind finding ...more
Sep 06, 2012 Tanja rated it liked it
Two boys finding a spaceship in the woods with which they can fly unseen to the most amazing places - doesn't this sound like a fabulous story? Yes, and it gets even better as the boys start to uncover the mystery around this incredible flying machine. I enjoyed the book a lot (even though I usually have a hard time with science fiction) and already thought about a number of my students to recommend it to. But then I got to the end and I am not so sure about how I feel about the book anymore. I ...more
Claire jobbins
Apr 02, 2016 Claire jobbins rated it really liked it
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A highly imaginative science fiction / historical thriller about two boys who miss school to investigate a strange machine. Soon they find it can take them anywhere they imagine, and many places they can't. A great story for any children interested in the Roman, and a brilliant book to read to a class who are learning all about them. Make sure you ( the teacher) read the book before reading it to the class, so you are prepared for any questions or points that children may make. This book is to b ...more
Edoardo Albert
Oct 14, 2014 Edoardo Albert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful story. Two boys - united by friendship and a determination to pass through school entirely unnoticed - discover a strange machine, hidden in a cave, and take it home. Trying to figure out what it can do (pretty well everything turns out to be the answer in the end) causes them to blow their school anonymity as they start asking questions (shock, horror) and they even start to study independently. Norriss writes with a delightfully light touch and two heroes, and the suspicious deputy h ...more
Feb 17, 2013 Kerry rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: kids 6 - 13
Terrific book, we all loved it, Great mix of the kids problems with the space ship and then the teachers reactions to the kids.
Kristina Phillips
Apr 07, 2013 Kristina Phillips rated it really liked it
I read this book a very long time ago. I remember enjoying reading it. I was probably around 10 at the time and i defiantly recommend it.
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