Jim is not having a good day. His sister's boyfriend wants to kill him, his best friend's mom tries to kill him, and his sister tells him his teachers are planning to expel him and send him to reform school. Of course, she's told him crazy stories before...but what if this one is true? Charlie, his best friend, comes up with a crazy plan to find out but the boys get much more than they expected. They don't find out anything about Jim's fate, but they do find out there's something very strange and mysterious going on with two of their most boring and ordinary teachers. Suddenly, there are strange things happening all around and the fate of Charlie - and the world - rests on Jim's shoulders.
Boom! is peppered with giggle-inducing nuggets such as:
- "Craterface had a black belt in kung fu. He could kill people with his ears."
- "He was very nearly sacked but the headmistress reckoned it would help cut down vandalism if everyone knew there was a dangerous lunatic looking after the school buildings."
- "The police asked us whether we wanted counselling. We said we'd prefer a hot supper."
Verdict: As funny as Chatterton's Brain series, but with more realistic characters and a less far-out plot, I think this will have a wider appeal to middle grade and young teen audience.
ISBN: 0385751877; Published May 2010 by David Fickling Books; Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library