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Boom! by Mark Haddon
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Mar 03, 11

bookshelves: j-boys, j-sci
Read on February 24, 2011

Jim's sister Becky has him convinced he's going to be kicked out of school. He gets so worked about being kicked out, he shares his fears with his best friend Charlie. Charlie has a simple fix to Jim's problem, they'll just bug the teacher's lounge and find out for sure if he is in fact getting kick out. As the two boys listen in they discover Jim has nothing to worry about. Just as the celebrating begins for the boys, they realize, two teachers left in the lounge and are talking to each other, but in another language. Jim and Charlie are baffled by the discovery and try to uncover the origins of this mysterious language. The boys follow the teachers and spy on them to get more details about the situation. Things start to build up when Charlie confronts one of the teachers and uses one of the words he heard them use. Mr. Kidd's eyes turn a funny shape and then a blue light is reflected from his eyes. Jim and Charlie can't believe it and their adventure of breaking and entering, kidnapped by aliens and finding a new galaxy begins. Will the boys be able to save the planet Earth and themselves from these particular aliens?

I loved this book. An excellent title to give to a reluctant boy reader in 5th or 6th grade. The forward by the author alone had me interested in the story. Apparently Chris Haddon had wrote this story years ago and titled it Gridzbu Spudvetch! Haddon claims it was a silly title that no one could pronounce and therefore it did not sell. A teacher in Oxford wrote to Haddon in 2007 and claimed she read his story to her pupils every year and they loved it. She and her current students ultimately convinced him to re-write and update the story, with a different title of course! The characters throughout story are hilarious and easy to connect to someone in your family or school.

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