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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth (Paperback)

By Cottrell Boyce, Frank
Illustrated by Lenton, Steven

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An out-of-this-world funny book from master storyteller Frank Cottrell Boyce, with illustrations throughout by Steven Lenton, shortlisted for the 2017 Carnegie Medal and selected for the Tom Fletcher Book Club.

ISBN 9781529008814
Barcode 9781529008814
Published 26 February 2019 by Pan Macmillan
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781529008814
ISBN-10 1529008816
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Macmillan Children's Books
Publication Date 26 February 2019
International Publication Date 21 February 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Cottrell Boyce, Frank
Illustrated by Lenton, Steven
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Award Winning
Science Fiction
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 130mm
Height: 197mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 266g
Interest Age 9-11 years
Reading Age 9-11 years
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 961784

Description of this Book

Shortlisted for the 2017 Carnegie Medal and selected for the Tom Fletcher Book Club, Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth is an adventure about the Blythes: a big, warm, rambunctious family who live on a small farm and sometimes foster children. Now Prez has come to live with them. But, though he seems cheerful and helpful, he never says a word. Then one day Prez answers the door to someone claiming to be his relative. This small, loud stranger carries a backpack, walks with a swagger and goes by the name of Sputnik. Prez is amazed at the family's response to Sputnik's arrival. They pat him on the head, call him a good boy and drop food into his mouth. It seems they all think Sputnik is a dog! Chaos is unleashed when Sputnik arrives as household items come to life - like a TV remote that fast-forwards people and a toy lightsaber that entertains guests at a children's party, until one of them is nearly decapitated by it - and Prez is going to have to use his voice to explain himself. As Sputnik takes Prez on a journey to finish writing his guidebook to Earth called Ten Things Worth Doing on Earth, each adventure seems to take Prez nearer to the heart of the family he is being fostered by but they also take him closer to the day that he is due to leave them forever . . . This edition features fantastic cover artwork and black and white inside illustrations from the incredible Steven Lenton.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Short-listed for UKLA 7-11 Category 2017 (UK) -- Short-listed for The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 (UK)
NZ Review Will send your imagination into orbit! * Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books Blog * Sure to be a hit with young enquiring minds, this is a tale which is heart-breaking and hilarious in equal measure. * The School Librarian * This is an out-of-this world adventure that is also a heartening story about the importance of friendship and family. * The Week Junior * ...classic Cottrell Boyce: zany, lay-out-loud funny and with a very strong emotional heart. * INIS reading guide * whimsical, heart-wrenching and hilarious. * Scotsman * A wonderful and exciting story about friendship and appreciating what you have. * Independent * A touching tale . . . told with wild humour and panache * Telegraph * a spiky, effervescent treat, like Spielberg's ET put in a blender with a bottle of Irn-Bru. * The Financial Times * Wholly original and exceptionally funny * The Bookseller Book of the Month * Light-hearted and profound * Sunday Times Book of the Week * Full of heart and emotion that might just bring a tear to your eye. If it doesn't though it's still got lightsabers and alien space dogs. * Tom Fletcher, Tom Fletcher Book Club *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Frank Cottrell-Boyce is an award-winning author and screenwriter. Millions, his debut children's novel, won the CILIP Carnegie Medal. He is also the author of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, Cosmic, Framed and The Astounding Broccoli Boy. Frank is a judge for the BBC Radio 2 500 Words competition and, along with Danny Boyle, devised the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics. He has written for the hit TV series Dr Who, screenwrites for feature films, including his own Millions, The Railway Man and the award-winning Goodbye Christopher Robin.

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