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This book follows the story of a 12-year-old boy, Liam, who is often mistaken for an adult due to his height and facial hair. Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth was shortlisted for the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal and selected for the inaugural WHSmith Tom Fletcher Book Club. Since he looks about thirty, Liam and his classmate Florida have great fun doing things that kids can only do with adult supervision - until his dad, a taxi driver, catches him about to test drive a Porsche.

It was a breath of fresh air, lightening my week, and some of the irreverence transferred to my own life - there's nothing better than the ability to laugh at the absurdities of our own lives. Other reviewers have said it's a better book than Cosmic - considering how much I enjoyed this, perhaps I should read Millions too. In nine out of ten occasions they’ll be able to parse what it means when Liam says of chips, “the moment they make contact with your tongue they stop being crisps and become soggies. Faking a letter to his parents about his class going to the Lake District for a school trip is easy enough. Long-legged Liam makes a giant leap for boy-kind by competing with a group of adults for the chance to go into space.Cottrell Bryce owes a lot to Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and I say this in the best way possible. And it turned out to be just what I needed: a funny, laugh-out-loud, wistful and rollicking ride that reminded me at times of Roald Dahl (more on that later). I am also now quite interested in standing over someone's shoulder and watching him or her engage in Worlds of Warcraft. Honestly I think he went and sat in the hallway of some random World of Warcraft convention and wrote down a few terms and phrases then stuck them into his limited model of video games.

Sure, sometimes his voice was a little too mature, but it also has that naïve youthfulness that you leave behind before you hit 20. Cosmic, for its part, pairs the story of a twelve-year-old who looks thirty with ample consideration of the eye of infinity and our place in the universe.There is no reason younger students cannot thoroughly enjoy it, but COSMIC is a must-read for middle schoolers. Having said that and putting the game aside I thought this was a very cute story and that Liam is a likable character. It has been likened to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in a space setting, and contains discussion questions and bonus material for use in class.

Mum, Dad – if you’re listening – you know I said I was going to the South Lakeland Outdoor Activity Centre with the school? So that suddenly you hear yourself repeating your father’s hackneyed phrases, feel entirely out of your depth and long to be the child you are really? You find yourself in the body of a grown-up and everyone starts expecting you to act like a sensible human being with responsibilities?It seems that Frank Cottrell Boyce’s stories stretch magnificent ideas into something that provokes our conscience and empathy; just think of The Unforgotten Coat. It’s a fantastic independent book seller that will actually be responsive and select appropriate books for you. Much like a great Disney movie, the humor throughout exists on two levels: there are plenty of jokes to keep kids laughing, but there is another, more witty layer of humor that will get grown ups chuckling too. I would say my daughter would rate this as a 4 star overall as in most nights she was hoping for an additional chapter as she wanted to keep the story going. As usual with Frank C-B it is full of comic set-pieces, that could be little short stories on their own.

Even though he’s only 12, Liam is constantly mistaken for an adult, but he’s still a kid who loves playing computer games and riding rollercoasters. It ends up that this thrill ride involves space travel, and the process of deciding who gets to go is funny and great and a great conversation-starter for kids (and grown ups if you're reading alongside).

This experience has been fantastic primarily for the children, the school and also for me (professionally).

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