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4.49  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  36 reviews

Winell Road is the most boring street on Earth and 12-year-old Jack Mills is sick to his molars of living there. But when a UFO nearly abducts him outside his home, his life takes a terrifying and mysterious turn. With the help of his new friend and neighbour, frighteningly tall Roxy Fox, Jack discovers there's a lot more to Winell Road and his life tha
Paperback, 146 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Jet Black Publishing
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I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

A kid who lives on a deserted street in a nothing town is surprised when new people move in next door, and even more surprised when they have a good looking daughter who seems interested in him!

Mysterious things start to happen, and the two investigate finding far more than they thought they'd find.

Good stuff. There's a lot of suspense for such a light premise.
E.L. Wicker
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack leads an ordinary life. He goes to school, plays football, and loves his alien cards. He lives at home with his mum and dad on Winell Road, a street filled with odd neighbors. Despite their oddities, so far in his life, everything has been normal…until a spots a strange ship hovering in his road. Before Jack knows it, he’s on a mission to save the world, joined by his new neighbor Roxy Fox.

Winell Road is a delightfully charming read. There’s madness, mayhem, mystery, adventure and great big
James Weaver
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent read! Though written for the young adult, even this adult found the story engaging, and the characters quirky and quite enjoyable. The plot keeps you guessing and the author does a fantastic job of leaving you to wonder just what the heck is going on at Winell Road. Highly recommended.
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was ok

This is a book I am sure kids will enjoy very much. Our Jack is a perfectly normal young man who lives in a boring street and has boring parents. Then, out of the blue, aliens. What kid would not appreciate an escape from reality like that?
I, however, cannot say I enjoyed it much.

It felt formulaic to me, although I suppose that's to be expected of a children fantasy book. However, there were several things that I felt I was supposed to take at face value
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a fast paced middle grade sci-fi adventure story with loads of twists and turns! It's jam packed with entertaining and interesting characters, curious technology and crazy alien fun. Jack is visited one night by creatures from outer space and tasked with saving the world. He enlists the help of his unusual neighbor Roxy to complete his quest and things get a little wild. The story keeps you guessing from beginning to end making you wonder who to trust. TRUST NO ONE! 'Beneath The Surface' ...more
Keith Willis
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Twelve-year-old Jack Mills is bored. He lives on Winell Road, the most boring street imaginable, with his boring parents, Mum (nosy and a horrible cook) and Dad (an inventor of totally useless gadgets), and a collection of odd-ball yet boring neighbors.

He’s bored, that is, until the day the glowing, silvery spaceship shows up overhead. Jack manages to escape being abducted by the alien craft, but he soon comes to the realization that he’s the only one who has actually seen it. His close encount
Elizabeth Peterson
I have to admit--it's been a long time since I read any middle grade fiction, but when I was approached by the author about reviewing this book, I was pretty excited about it. Even though it isn't a genre I read a lot of, I do have a younger brother and it's fun to be able to read/review books that he might enjoy. So, Sam, this one's for you ;)
As you can tell from the description, Winell Road is sci-fi, and there's quite a lot of aliens, and action/adventure going on. The plot moves along at a n
Michelle Barry
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fun and imaginative adventure perfect for the young reader. The sci-fi elements are rich and developed and ignite the imagination. This is a page turning, action packed tale filled with the perfect amount of suspense and action. A great read!
L Brown
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Publisher: Jet Black

Publishing Date: April 2015

ISBN: 9780994318701

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 3.5

Publisher Description: Winell Road is the most boring street on Earth and 12 year old Jack Mills is sick to his molars of living there. But when a UFO nearly abducts him outside his home, his life takes a terrifying and mysterious turn. With the help of his new friend and neighbor, frighteningly tall Roxy Fox, Jack discovers there’s a lot more to Winell Road and his li
J.S. Roberts
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Twelve-year-old Jack Mills lives in the most boring place in the world. At least that's what he thinks until he sees a spaceship hovering over his street. Strangely, no one else saw the UFO, so Jack is forced to keep silent or look crazy. When Jack ends up meeting his new neighbor wearing only his underwear, he's not getting any votes for his sanity. That night his room is invaded by three small aliens who need his help. Soon, Jack and his new neighbor Roxy are plunged into an underground world ...more
Christina Banach
I really loved Winell Road: Beneath The Surface – it’s such a fun read. Playful, imaginative, and thrilling, with that indefinable feel good factor that leaves you wanting more, this fast-paced adventure has everything that a middle-grade reader could wish for. That’s not to say that older readers wouldn’t enjoy this book too, for this ‘older reader’ surely did. And who couldn’t fail to be charmed by twelve-year-old Jack Mills, the main character? Brave, loyal, inquisitive and funny, his is a vo ...more
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Twelve-year-old Jack lives at 5 Winell Road, and to quote him, it probably has the world's weirdest neighbours For Jack it is a boring, embarrassing, dead-end place to live
One very enjoyable read! From the very first page, this book had me hooked. The characters are complex and keep delivering surprise after surprise.

The author has done a superb job with POV and it never wavers. The mystery and tension begins at page one, and continue until the end. Jack's new friend, Roxy, keeps you wondering
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
From boring to aliens in one night... that's what happens to 12 year old Jack. His parents are boring, his street is boring, and for once he really wished something would happen. When it finally does. Jack and his new friend Roxy learn a little more about their street than they might have wanted.

Aliens... for those who love aliens, this is a really good book. Meant for the middle school age, the plot is simple, but fast paced and the idea is filled with fun antics. I found the story to be fairl
Debra Brown
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved Winell Road so much, it's definitely one of the best books I've ever read. All the suspense and the mission was very mysterious, but there were some very funny parts too, like three Freogans getting their toes stuck in a plughole. My favourite part was at the end when the mystery was unravelled. Altogether it was an amazing book and I really hope Kate makes more.
- Dana Brown age 11. England.
Alicia Huxtable
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-wins
I didn't think I'd enjoy this book as much as I did. The twists and turns are certainly well concealed and the characters do their bouts so well. I can't wait fort my daughter to read it. ...more
Mike Siedschlag
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won a print copy of Winell Road by Kate Foster in a Goodreads Giveaway.

Winell Road is a middle grade book about life on a truly weird street.

Our young hero Jack lives on Winell Road, populated by more strange people than any road should. We see how his twelve year old mind processes this strangeness.

There are lots of twists and turns. People go from being friends to suspects and back again at a dizzying pace.As in any good middle grade story, Winell Road operates with the premise that Jack i
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very fun read! I haven't read much in the way of Sci-Fi in the last ten years, but I'm so glad I picked this book up. A little bit Percy Jackson...a little bit Men in Black, Winell Road is a fast-paced adventure, filled with humour and the element of surprise. I didn't see the end coming and it's always fun to be surprised. Terrific middle grade book! ...more
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Winell Road is exactly my kind of middle grade science fiction. A fun, exciting story that you cannot put down. It includes aliens, a spaceship, adventure, mysterious neighbors, and amazing characters! I highly recommend it for all ages. I can't wait for the sequel. ...more
Sarah Floyd
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this fun, well written story! A great book for both sci-fi and contemporary fans.
A.J. DeJong
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an adventure!

This book was so much fun to read! It was highly entertaining and I can't wait to see what new adventures await!
Donna Foster
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
Absolutely energetic, creepy and funny which kicks this middle-grade book into outer space.
John Williamson
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Winell Road Gets The Important Things Right

Winell Road is a charming story about Jack Mills, a twelve-year-old boy who is visited by aliens – aliens who are both friendly and at the same time threatening. They need his help locating the Vitax, believed to be located somewhere in his neighborhood – somewhere underground – and which is crucial to the continued existence of the galaxy (!). On penalty of death, he must find it for them.
Now those are some high stakes. It really doesn’t get any stakie
Heather Lawson
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016, earc
Originally posted here:

I was lucky enough to be gifted a copy of this book by the author and I’m so glad that she let me read it. I’ve not read a lot of stories about aliens, but I know that they can executed poorly and I was sincerely hoping that this wouldn’t be the case with Winell Road. I loved this book. It was full of adventure, aliens, and fun! It’s a whirlwind of a story that I found hard to put down.

Jack has lived on Winell Road for years and com
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, aussie-author
For the kids who love a good alien mystery, Winell Road is perfect.

How would you feel after seeing a spaceship?
Jack sees one flying right above him, but no one else seems to have seen it, so he doesn't know what to think.
He is then awoken in the middle of the night and recruited by Aliens to go on a world saving mission - and he is sure he is going mad.
But he isn't.
With nothing else to do in the school holidays, he asks his new neighbour, Roxy, to help him save the world. They discover an und
Rebecca Carpenter
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
When Jack has a close encounter with a spaceship on Winell Road, the world as he knows it is flipped upside down and turned inside out.

Then the Freogans come. These small aliens convince Jack he must save them by locating their stolen Vitax, a power source that protects the alien’s galaxy. Jack’s astounded to learn the Vitax is hidden in a very-well guarded alien world that just happens to be located under his street.

Armed with alien cards and a code-breaker, Jack and his new friend, Roxy, acc
Kiran Acharya
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Winell Road is a riveting tale with a big dose of humour.

Jack thinks Winell road is the most boring locality, and his life is boring with a Capital B. This changes when he spots an alien spaceship spying on him,and nobody else sees it. Jack, and Roxy, his remarkably tall new neighbour, embark on the mission to save our galaxy.

Jack, and Roxy are a fabulous pair. The rest of the characters are a hoot.
The author, Kate Foster, has a voice which has captured the charm of a twelve-year-old. She has ef
Angela Sunde
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s, mid-grade
Did you ever peek through your lounge room curtains as a kid and wonder about your new neighbours? Did they seem a little strange to you? Like, maybe they were aliens?
Well then, twelve-year-old Jack lives in a street just like yours, with nosy neighbours, strange arrivals and a mystery to be solved.
A fast-paced, page-turning read, perfectly suited to mid-grade readers and with a healthy balance of male/female protagonists, Winell Road is sure to ignite a passion for close-encounters-style sci-
Laurie Bell
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aliens? Check.

Mysterious tech? Check.

Suspicious behavior? Check.

A road… What?

Winell Road by Kate Foster is a MG adventure that rips along at a cracking pace following Jack and his new friend Roxy as they uncover the strange happenings under their seemingly innocent road.

When the new neighbors move in Jack is surprised. His usually quiet road is changing, and not for the better. See… Aliens are real. Do you know how he knows? He’s met some. And now that he knows the truth, he starts to see strang
Jul 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid sci-fi story where all those tantalising hooks get tied up thoroughly. The characters are quirky and make you very curious about what's going on with them and why. There are lots of exciting action scenes which make this an engaging read and has that rare quality of being simple language without being dumbed down. This is a difficult age and genre to write, yet Kate Foster has done an excellent job - the three stars compares it to other age groups and genres, but compared to its own, thi ...more
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