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The Impossible Boy

Ben Brooks George Ermos



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Affirm Press
09 June 2020
Children's & Educational; Fantasy & magical realism (Children's&YA); Humorous stories (Children's&YA)
Believe in the impossible... A magical story celebrating the power of imagination, from the bestselling author of STORIES FOR BOYS WHO DARE TO BE DIFFERENT.

Oleg and Emma entered their den to find a cardboard spaceship standing exactly where they usually sat. Slowly, the front door opened and out stepped a boy. 'My name's Sebastian Cole,' he said. 'But you already know that.' When Oleg and Emma invent a new classmate called Sebastian, they are amazed when he appears - very much real - in their secret den.

Sebastian isn't like the rest of their classmates. He's never eaten pizza, he's not sure what goose bumps are, and he has a satchel that seems to hold an endless supply of hot ice cream.

But as the trio begin their adventures, more impossible things keep happening, from a runaway goat appearing at school to a sighting of some snowwomen walking down the road. Things soon take a turn for the dangerous when the three friends are pursued by the mysterious Institute of Unreality, who want to capture and erase Sebastian, restoring order to the world.

With the help of a cowboy gardener, an imprisoned scientist, and the rest of their class, can Emma and Oleg protect their new friend and keep the magic of the impossible alive?

After inspiring countless young readers with tales of extraordinary people in the world around them, Ben Brooks' first children's novel is a magical adventure that celebrates friendship, the power of imagination, and ice cream.
By:   Ben Brooks
Illustrated by:   George Ermos
Imprint:   Affirm Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 126mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   240g
ISBN:   9781786541048
ISBN 10:   1786541041
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   09 June 2020
Recommended Age:   From 9 to 11 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ben Brooks is the author of the bestselling and ground-breaking Stories for Boys Who Dare To Be Different, which was the winner of Children's Book of the Year at the National Book Awards. The Impossible Boy is his first novel for children. He lives in Bulgaria.

Reviews for The Impossible Boy

This is an interesting story whose real value lies in the difficult subjects it touches on - broken homes, overcoming anxiety and facing an uncertain future being three of its central themes. Brooks gently but effectively negotiates these subjects through a story that is quirky, amusing and fun. * Woman's Way * It's one thing to invent a friend, quite another when he actually appears. With Sebastian around, impossible things keep happening, and the Institute of Unreality wants to know why. * The i newspaper * This is an unusual, gripping story full of 'edge of the seat moments'. * Primary Times * This is an interesting story whose real value lies in the difficult subjects it touches on - broken homes, overcoming anxiety and facing an uncertain future being three of its central themes. * Publishers Association * A magical festive adventure celebrating the power of friendship and the imagination. * EVENT Magazine - The Daily Mail * A magical and festive adventure with an extraordinary cast of characters. It is full of empathy, friendship and fun. * South Wales Evening Post * A satisfying mix of quirky humour and all-action adventure in a tale about the power of friends * The Sunday Express S Magazine * Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.....A true gift for a reader -- Lucy Timmons * Just Imagine Website * A fast-moving, quirky, adventure story.... Great fun! * Carousel * A must read for all children (big and small) aged 7+ and to any who love a laugh out loud book that pushes all senses of the imagination to their limits. It is a masterpiece of creativity and empathy rolled into one big feelgood tale. * The Reading Zone *

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