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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.'"


    Publishing July 2024


    Available for pre-order now

    Martin’s parents have disappeared. Also, it turns out, they are aliens. Which makes Martin …? 

    Then Martin and Tina discover enormous light-emitting eggs in an abandoned mine. It is clear they are not going to be hatching out anything cuddly. And so the kids try to blow them up. But instead of blowing up, huge killer insects hatch, and go on a mission to destroy all human life on earth. Oops. 

    Having first rescued Martin’s parents, the kids steal a cop car and then an ambulance. Eventually they fly, using Martin’s power of telekinesis – someone really has been tinkering with reality – in thrilling pursuit of the killer insects. 

    Martin and Tina’s friend Enda has assembled an extraordinary zapper that the children use to take down the evil insects, one by one by one out of the sky. 

    And that is how these amazing kids actually, literally save the world. 

    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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    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.'"


    Publishing July 2024


    Available for pre-order now

    Martin’s parents have disappeared. Also, it turns out, they are aliens. Which makes Martin …? 

    Then Martin and Tina discover enormous light-emitting eggs in an abandoned mine. It is clear they are not going to be hatching out anything cuddly. And so the kids try to blow them up. But instead of blowing up, huge killer insects hatch, and go on a mission to destroy all human life on earth. Oops. 

    Having first rescued Martin’s parents, the kids steal a cop car and then an ambulance. Eventually they fly, using Martin’s power of telekinesis – someone really has been tinkering with reality – in thrilling pursuit of the killer insects. 

    Martin and Tina’s friend Enda has assembled an extraordinary zapper that the children use to take down the evil insects, one by one by one out of the sky. 

    And that is how these amazing kids actually, literally save the world. 

    Praise

    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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