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  • Someone's been Messing with Reality
  • Someone's been Messing with Reality

    By John Hearne

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    A fast-paced extra-terrestrial adventure
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    A fast-paced extra-terrestrial adventure from the critically acclaimed author of
    The Very Dangerous Sisters
    of Indigo McCloud

    "I flop down on the bed again.
    'What am I?'

    Pause.

    ‘You’re an alien, dude.'"

    When Martin Ryan sees a video of his father flying unaided through the air, he realises everything he believed about his life has been a lie.

    Now his parents have disappeared and Martin discovers something weird brewing in the disused mines of the seaside village where he lives. Something glowing. Something ... egg-like.

    Someone's definitely been messing with reality. Martin and his friends must do whatever they can to defeat the aliens that threaten the entire human race. Even if it means stealing cop cars, blowing up the mines and turning a paddling pool into a fighter aircraft. 

     

    'A perilous sci-fi adventure with a coming-of-age story at its core, this book will be eagerly devoured by young readers.' – Inis Magazine

    'This is a great adventure story full of heart and magic. Definitely one to recommend.'  – Read and Reviewed

    Praise for John Hearne's The Very Dangerous Sisters of Indigo McCloud

     

    ‘An exciting and original debut.’ – Sara Keating, The Irish Times

    ‘Writing a dystopian world that is laugh-out-loud funny is no mean feat, but to create such an environment for young readers is nothing short of extraordinary.’ – Children’s Books Ireland

    'Hilarity and heart center this quirky story about a young hero quietly taking a stand.' – Kirkus Reviews

    'This Irish import will please children who want an over-the-top bully book jam-packed with adventure. This novel is wacky, awesome, and terrifying.' – School Library Journal

    'A raucous read with notably Roald Dahl–leaning social sensibilities.' – Publishers Weekly

    ‘Descriptive and quirky, this is a jam-packed chapter book that fans of David Walliams’ books would enjoy.’ – LoveReading4Kids

    'What a delightfully twisted book! The story is unpredictable and keeps the readers at the edge of their seats. It oddly reminds me of a Tim Burton movie, dark, but Indigo is rather lovable unlike the rest of his family.'  NetGalley Reviewer

    ‘Missing Roald Dahl? Need a book where bad kids are just bad and they get their comeuppance? This is the book for you. John has written a fabulously funny, dark, clever novel.’ –  Read and Reviewed

    ‘Quirky, humourously sinister and thoroughly entertaining.’ – Fallen Star Stories

    "A sure hit for readers who like nothing more than the sort of outrageous adventure that only a wild imagi­nation can deliver. Perfect for the reader on the verge of becoming addicted to reading for life!" – School Library Connection

    John Hearne was born in Wexford in 1970. He worked as an economist in Dublin before changing direction and becoming freelance writer. He has ghostwritten and edited a range of best-selling books, while his journalism has appeared in numerous national and international newspapers and magazines. His first middle grade novel, The Very Dangerous Sisters of Indigo McCloud was published by Little Island in 2021.

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    Description

    A fast-paced extra-terrestrial adventure from the critically acclaimed author of
    The Very Dangerous Sisters
    of Indigo McCloud

    "I flop down on the bed again.
    'What am I?'

    Pause.

    ‘You’re an alien, dude.'"

    When Martin Ryan sees a video of his father flying unaided through the air, he realises everything he believed about his life has been a lie.

    Now his parents have disappeared and Martin discovers something weird brewing in the disused mines of the seaside village where he lives. Something glowing. Something ... egg-like.

    Someone's definitely been messing with reality. Martin and his friends must do whatever they can to defeat the aliens that threaten the entire human race. Even if it means stealing cop cars, blowing up the mines and turning a paddling pool into a fighter aircraft. 

     

    Praise

    'A perilous sci-fi adventure with a coming-of-age story at its core, this book will be eagerly devoured by young readers.' – Inis Magazine

    'This is a great adventure story full of heart and magic. Definitely one to recommend.'  – Read and Reviewed

    Praise for John Hearne's The Very Dangerous Sisters of Indigo McCloud

     

    ‘An exciting and original debut.’ – Sara Keating, The Irish Times

    ‘Writing a dystopian world that is laugh-out-loud funny is no mean feat, but to create such an environment for young readers is nothing short of extraordinary.’ – Children’s Books Ireland

    'Hilarity and heart center this quirky story about a young hero quietly taking a stand.' – Kirkus Reviews

    'This Irish import will please children who want an over-the-top bully book jam-packed with adventure. This novel is wacky, awesome, and terrifying.' – School Library Journal

    'A raucous read with notably Roald Dahl–leaning social sensibilities.' – Publishers Weekly

    ‘Descriptive and quirky, this is a jam-packed chapter book that fans of David Walliams’ books would enjoy.’ – LoveReading4Kids

    'What a delightfully twisted book! The story is unpredictable and keeps the readers at the edge of their seats. It oddly reminds me of a Tim Burton movie, dark, but Indigo is rather lovable unlike the rest of his family.'  NetGalley Reviewer

    ‘Missing Roald Dahl? Need a book where bad kids are just bad and they get their comeuppance? This is the book for you. John has written a fabulously funny, dark, clever novel.’ –  Read and Reviewed

    ‘Quirky, humourously sinister and thoroughly entertaining.’ – Fallen Star Stories

    "A sure hit for readers who like nothing more than the sort of outrageous adventure that only a wild imagi­nation can deliver. Perfect for the reader on the verge of becoming addicted to reading for life!" – School Library Connection

    About the Author

    John Hearne

    John Hearne was born in Wexford in 1970. He worked as an economist in Dublin before changing direction and becoming freelance writer. He has ghostwritten and edited a range of best-selling books, while his journalism has appeared in numerous national and international newspapers and magazines. His first middle grade novel, The Very Dangerous Sisters of Indigo McCloud was published by Little Island in 2021.

    Photo of John Hearne by David Ruffles

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