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.
Mark Haddon is the author of bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. boom! was originally published as Gridzbi Spudvetch! in 1992 with this rewritten version published in 2009.
What I Thought
boom! Is a fun, pacy middle grade where Jimbo (James) and his friend Charlie discover something unusual when they bug the teacher’s staff room at school. With echoes of the Demon Headmaster it is up to them to uncover the nefarious plot. Then Charlie goes missing. Older sister Becky turns out to care more than she lets on, and the two of them head off on her boyfriend’s motorbike to discover what goes boom!
Very much of its original age there is some gender stereotyping that is perhaps a little unhelpful at times but Jimbo is a likeable little imp and you want him to triumph.
Jimbo and Charlie have a fun friendship. The adults are most definitely comic relief. Charlie’s mum is a little extreme!
Full of adventure and humour with the kids most definitely in charge.
Two Dorset-based book lovers (hint – one of them is me) are launching a Kickstarter for a bi-monthly book subscription box aimed at 8-12 year olds – and anyone else who loves a good story.
The box will launch in September 2019 with September and November’s boxes being exclusive to Kickstarter supporters. Following a successful campaign the boxes will be available to the general public from January 2020, with gift cards available as the perfect Christmas gift.
Each box will contain:
A carefully selected, newly released middle grade book, in a mix of genres
A signed bookplate
A matching/themed bookmark
Themed collectible pin with locking back
WeRead Activity Booklet featuring content from WeRead members and monthly book club discussion and activity prompts
Author introduction video and post read Q&A (provided online)
Additional Item/s inspired by the monthly theme/book
Each box will be carefully curated in the hope that the books and box contents will appeal to readers of all genders.
WeRead Box is committed to making their packaging and products as eco-friendly as possible.
Reading for pleasure has been shown to develop, among other qualities, kindness and empathy, things our world is in definite need of. The quote above epitomises WeRead Box’s ethos. We will package and present reading as something fun to engage in, whilst encouraging our readers to use what they’ve learned from the book in their everyday lives – all delivered directly to your door!
The Kickstarter launched at 8am Friday 7th June 2019 and will run for 28 days. By supporting it today, you can ensure access to our exclusive 2019 boxes and maybe even snag an early bird discount https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kirstyes/weread-box.