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3.36  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,464 Ratings  ·  490 Reviews
Jim and his best friend Charlie bug the staff room, and overhear two teachers speak in a strange language. What does "spudvetch" mean? Why do Mr Kidd's eyes flicker with fluorescent blue light when Charlie says spudvetch to him? A high-powered adventure can end only with a Boom!
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published September 3rd 2009 by David Fickling (first published January 27th 1994)
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Dec 07, 2014 Srividya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was a total hoot! What a fantastic ride! Really quick read and so entertaining at that.

Gregory Baird
Dec 29, 2014 Gregory Baird rated it did not like it
From a financial perspective, it makes perfect sense that this book, originally published in 1992 under the title Gridzbi Spudvetch! , is being given a second life nearly twenty years later. Its author, Mark Haddon, has since achieved literary renown as the author of 2003’s book club favorite The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and the lesser known but equally enjoyable A Spot of Bother . It’s been nearly four year’s since the latter’s publication, and with no new adult
Feb 23, 2015 Teresa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-inglaterra
Que desperdício de papel...
May 28, 2010 Tim rated it it was amazing
This is an updated edition of a book originally published in Britain in 1992 as "Gridzbi Spudvetch." My knowledge of children's literature is not that encyclopedic (not even pertaining to authors whose books I have enjoyed in the past), it just says so in the foreword. I believe I reviewed one of Haddon's picture books years ago, and I quite liked "Curious Incident..." ("Spot of Bother" is on my bedside table..but it has been for a while--too many paying review gigs)

All that's beside the point.
"Boom! is a version of your old-style Something Is Very Strange About the Teachers at My School story. You know that story. They're aliens, or monsters, or she collects the teeth of children for nefarious purposes. Love that storyline. Who hasn't thought it at one time or another? Even in college, I was pretty sure a respected art history professor of mine had probably wrested herself into life from the mud at the bottom of an archaeological dig in Sicily."

Full review on Pink Me: http://pinkme.t
Harun Harahap
Kalau elo percaya yang namanya alien. Semua buku yang berisi tentang alien itu jadi seru. Bahkan terkadang menjadi pembenaran kita. Salah satunya adalah campur tangan pemerintah yang berusaha menutupi fakta tentang alien kepada masyarakat luas. Kebayang enggak sih kalau orang-orang dekat yang biasa berinteraksi dengan kita adalah alien.

Namun, yang gue enggak suka dari cerita-cerita alien itu adalah si alien ini sering kali dijadikan tokoh antagonis. Alien akan mencoba untuk menaklukan dunia seba
Jasmine Gray
Aug 01, 2014 Jasmine Gray rated it really liked it
This book follows the unexpected(and rather odd) journey of a teenage boy Jimbo, his best friend Charlie and his 16-year-old Becky. This all starts with Becky attempting to prank her little brother,telling him that he was going to be expelled from school, and that she had heard the teachers discussing it in the staff room after school. Jimbo, stressing over the matter, turns to his best friend for advice. Charlie, being the far-fetched schemer he is, hatches a plan to place a walkie talkie in th ...more
Mar 18, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: youngish
Plus a half star. I really liked it. I love lot's of things about his children's books from Agent Z and the Penguin from Mars onwards. One is the way the girls and boys are all active agents - things happen to them but they always put a finger, or a fist in to make a difference to the outcome. May or may not work but they go on acting. And also the way he pushes situations beyond normal and into farce. Makes me laugh and cheer the characters on.
Jenny T
Jun 03, 2010 Jenny T rated it liked it
This was a strange little book featuring a very likeable young boy named Jim who discovers an alien plot to re-populate the Earth entirely with science fiction fans and who must, consequently, save the world. On the whole, great fun and a quick read. Easily 4 stars.

However, this is intended as a children's lit, for ages 8-12, and as such it fails. Too many adult themes (violence, smoking, etc) and too many old nerd references (seriously, what 8-year-old knows what a Vogon is?) make this a less-t
I can understand why this didn't sell under the original title of nonsense words, but I'm not at all sure that "Boom!" is better. I'm also bugged by the rocket since there aren't any rockets in the story.

But the adventure is good, the families of the two boys are interestingly developed, and the mystery of what those two teachers were talking about is a clever one.

Charlie and Jimbo behave realistically, which adds to the suspense and the humor.
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Mar 06, 2012 IndyPL Kids Book Blog rated it really liked it
When Jim’s sister Becky informs him she overheard a teacher saying he is a lazy nuisance and likely being sent to Fenham - a school for kids with problems - Jim doesn’t know if the story is true, or he’s being punked. Becky isn’t exactly trustworthy, but at the same time, what if it’s true?

The only way to know for sure is to do some investigating. Jim’s friend Charlie has the just the thing - a set of walkie talkies. One walkie talkie can be hidden in the teacher’s lounge while Jim and Charlie l
LH Johnson
Nov 09, 2011 LH Johnson rated it it was ok
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Oona Palmer
May 04, 2013 Oona Palmer rated it liked it
I decided to read this book because my little brother recommended it to me. We enjoy the same type of book, action packed and fiction.

This book completes ‘recommended by a member of your family’ on my bingo board.
I thought this was a good category because, knowing what books each other like is another way of getting to know each other, always a good thing in a family, (especially with siblings) it teaches us to share.

My favourite quote from the book ‘Boom’ was “life is a cow pat sandwich, Jimbo”
Jul 19, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
people should stop comparing this book to the dog in the night time this book is a book in its on right and you must go into it not expecting it to be like the dog in the night time but with the anticipation of a new book by a new author

I read this book before the dog in the night time and found it highly enjoyable with its plot twists and fast pace

people should stop judging this book on the fact that americans might not understand it I am from new Zealand and have had no problem understaning
Jul 31, 2013 Kimberlee rated it liked it
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Sep 02, 2014 Brian rated it really liked it
My rating is a combination of how much I liked it and how much I think I would have liked it as a kid: 4 stars! Mark Haddon is the guy who wrote 'The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time' and this is his version of a YA adventure novel.

Jim and his friend Charlie hide a walkie-talkie in the teacher's lounge and discover two of them speaking in a weird language. Are they Russian are aliens or what? As these typically underachieving kids hunt down more clues, the secret codes and magic wri
Apr 19, 2016 Alison added it
Title: Boom!

Author: Mark Haddon

Genre: Science Fiction

Theme(s): Friendship, Family, Space, Aliens, Planets

Opening Line/Sentence: “I was on the balcony eating a sandwich.”

Brief Book Summary: A boy known as “Jimbo” is the victim of a prank by his older sister, Becky. She lets him believe that he is going to be expelled from school. Being so paranoid at this prospect him and his best friend, Charlie listen in on the teachers in their lounge from walkie talkies. They are surprised that after all of
Toon Van Hove
Mar 02, 2016 Toon Van Hove rated it really liked it
“Boom!” is the science fiction book by Mark Haddon about Jim or “Jimbo” and his friend Charlie who find out their teachers, Mrs Pearce and Mr. Kidd, both speak a strange language, after hiding walkie-talkies in the teachers’ room. Because they were both so curious they decided to investigate deeper. Until one day they ended up breaking into Mrs. Pearce’s house and found some weird documents and a strange golden wrist band. After a while they ended up in more and more trouble. Jim wante
Jens Bogaert
Mar 02, 2016 Jens Bogaert rated it liked it
Out of the ordinary

The book “BOOM!” written by Mark Haddon talks about a young boy who’s scared he has to change schools. His friends call him Jimbo but his real name is Jim. He goes out on an investigation and finds out his teachers are aliens. He has a great adventure.

It’s a very small book but that doesn’t mean it has a small story. It tells a great story with little amounts of pages. It’s very easy to read so that means the book is great for children or people without much time. The main ch
Jan 10, 2016 Michael rated it liked it
Weird and cute. More for elementary kids. The British language made it interesting.
Anadia Noorali
Sep 29, 2015 Anadia Noorali rated it really liked it

Introduce the book, telling the title, author and genre.
The book Boom is written by Mark Haddon and is a science fiction book. This book is a great book to read in your free time.

What’s the book about? Give a three to four sentence summary of the who, what, when, where, why of the book you read.
This book is about a boy named Jimbo who is from a decent family. He is a victim of a prank played by his sister Becky. Jimbo takes this prank very seriously and goes with his friend Charlie to spy on
Mel Burdick
Jan 14, 2016 Mel Burdick rated it liked it
This is a funny and fun book. Probably for upper elementary ages. Some mystery and silly supernatural adventures.
Jul 27, 2015 Sandra rated it liked it
This book is not comparable to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, but that doesn’t make it less readable. Haddon’s idea of the adventure of two young boys is seriously funny from beginning to end.

Jim is just an ordinary kid who likes eating sandwiches with Leicester cheese and gooseberry jam and who is not very good at school. When Jim and his best friend Charlie listen in on a conversation of their teachers in a weird language they are interested in finding out what this is abo
Apr 30, 2015 Lauren rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-read
Jim and Charlie are spying on their teachers when they hear two of them start speaking in a strange language. Trying to get to the bottom of what those teachers are talking about, suspicious events happen. The boys set out on an adventure to try and figure it out.

There isn't a Haddon book I've met that I haven't liked. Until now. I enjoyed some of the moments between Jim and his dad, who is unemployed and trying to figure out how to contribute to the family when he's given a beginner's cook boo
I just couldn't get into this one, as much as I really wanted to. While it seemed like the plot might take off at some point, I was 60 pages in and was pretty bored. The author has a great sense of humor, but the writing is so British that I think most of that would be lost on kids who are unfamiliar with their slang and commonly used expressions. I'm not sure who I could give this to. I think most kids in the United States would find it inaccessible.
Mackenzie Hoffman
Nov 23, 2015 Mackenzie Hoffman rated it did not like it
For my IRB I read Boom by Mark Haddon which was a science fiction novel. It’s a story about two friends, Jimbo and Charlie, who discover a shocking secret about their school teachers. After gathering information they end up finding that both teachers aren’t from Earth. Soon after, they are greeted by another man from a different planet that kidnaps Charlie, bringing him to his bizarre planet. Jimbo follows clues and goes through difficult obstacles to find his friend before it’s too late. I foun ...more
Mar 09, 2015 Tobinsfavorite rated it it was amazing
OK, so maybe this is a 4-star book, but I give the 5th star for "I've seen nothing quite like it." It's also short, with no wasted words. (I love words; can you tell? But there's an economic writing ability some authors have, which I cannot explain adequately, and which makes some books just shine.)

The author's note at the beginning of this edition explains how this book came to be reworked from an overlooked early novel. Whatever time Haddon put into reissuing this was well spent, and those who
Jul 01, 2010 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
This is a great listen...esp with Britney...had me cracking up! Some Goodreaders have remarked disappointment since this is a YA book...but I knew it was YA and wanted to read it because it is YA and because I loved Curious Incident (which I also listened to). This book is funny and suspenseful and has great characters. And it was only 3 discs. AND it's British. What more could you want?
Fun read. Love Charlie's character.
Ulises silva
May 19, 2016 Ulises silva rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ir-books
Boom! A truly amazing book filled suspense, action and an amazing plot. jimbo and charlie two of your average curious teenagers go on a not so average adventure, as they inspect the teachers lounge they hear a language not familiar to this world. This adventure felt as if you were in it, with something always happening to keep the plot moving. This book is fast paced and will give you the shivers, this book does not hold back when driving the plot and will make you want too come back for more. W ...more
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Mark Haddon is a British novelist and poet, best known for his 2003 novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. He was educated at Uppingham School and Merton College, Oxford, where he studied English.

In 2003, Haddon won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and in 2004, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Overall Best First Book for his novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-t
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“It was a stupid, insane, suicidal idea. Which makes it quite hard to explain why I decided to help. I guess it boils down to this. Charlie was my best friend. I missed him. And I couldn't think of anything better to do. Really stupid reasons which were never going to impress the police, the headmistress or my parents. Looking back, I reckon this was the moment when my whole life started to go pear-shaped.” 1 likes
“The police asked us whether we wanted counselling. We said we'd prefer a hot supper.” 0 likes
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