Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Review: The Impossible Boy by Mark Griffiths
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: February 13th, 2014
Somewhere in the small, dull town of Blue Hills, the impossible is happening. Inanimate objects are coming to life. Time travellers from the future are mingling unnoticed with the shoppers in the high street. School children are developing uncanny powers. Strange creatures are lurking within the grounds of a forgotten stately home. And with each of these mysteries comes a terrible threat that just might endanger the entire world...Fortunately, help with these extraordinary phenomena is at hand in the form of Gabby Grayling and Barney Watkins aka Geek Inc.! Gabby and Barney are set to investigate all the odd happenings in their town and find out the truth…
The Impossible Boy is the second book in the Geek Inc. series by Mark Griffiths. So far it's the only one I've read, but I enjoyed it so much that I'm going to get the first book and sort that as soon as possible. I've obviously been missing out!
In this instalment, Barney and Gabby come across yet more strange goings-on in the North-West town of Blue Hills. This time there's a strange new boy at school, a boy who can do impossible magic tricks. Geek Inc. quickly realise he's not all he seems, and soon they're elbow deep in a mystery that could end the world.
I really loved this book. It's ridiculously funny, wacky and nothing but entertaining. It's written with a deadpan sense of humour and brilliantly illustrated by Martin Chatterton - two of my favourite ingredients for a children's book. I like a good, strange mystery myself, but even I didn't guess the outcome of this one. I was as shocked as Geek Inc.!
I hope Mark Griffiths is writing more Geek Inc. books and I hope he writes them soon. Kids will love The Impossible Boy, as will any teenager or adult lucky enough to read it and be transported to a fictional town where everything is fun but crazy. When I was younger I would definitely have wanted to join Geek Inc. and help Barney and Gabby, there's no doubt about it. What could be better than investigating the impossible?!