The Turners (#1)

Author(s): Mick Elliott

Fiction - intermediate

Leo Lennox has an epic problem: it's his thirteenth birthday and he has just grown a tail. You'd think that growing a tail in the middle of the school library would be the worst thing that could happen to you, but Leo is about to discover that things can always get worse - and a whole lot weirder. Now, as he discovers an unthinkable family secret, Leo must team up with his infuriating older sister to escape snake-skinned henchmen, ancient shape-shifters and a whispering villain determined to feed him to a pack of genetically engineered killer pigs - all while trying to control his new shape-shifting powers. The first instalment of a trilogy from the funniest new Australian kids' author in years


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You know those chapter books that you pick up for just a minute, intending a quick skim? Ha! I defy anyone with a sense of humour to put this book down. From the beginning where I actually thought I felt my own reptilian tail growing, to my hysteria as the hero-tuurned-komodo tried to assuage his hunger on his classmates and perhaps the school librarian, through to increasing plot twists and gags involving an attack of Vipermen, surfing on sharks, and more shapeshifting and hair-raising adventures than you could ever believe would fit between two book covers, I was riveted by The Turners and I know kids will be too. - The Book Chook The author's knowledge of what tweens find funny and interesting clearly shines through in this book. The dialogue flows easily and the plot develops at a rolling pace...Recommended - Magpies magazine Entertaining reading for 11-14 year olds. - Janet Croft Book Reviews a rollicking ride into a fantastic world of weirdness - Read Plus The first book in a series, this will be enjoyed by a wide variety of readers. The plot and dialogue are strong and well worked, the story original and funny. The topic enables many avenues for humour and Mick Elliott takes advantage of these in an effective manner. The banter between the siblings is very funny. Elliot has cleverly written of a topic that will appeal to a young audience, while at the same ti

Mick Elliott is a children's television producer, scriptwriter and animator. Since 2001 he has worked at Nickelodeon Australia, overseeing award-winning series for kids of all ages. His credits as producer include CAMP ORANGE, PLAY ALONG WITH OLLIE, SLIMEFEST and hundreds of advertising campaigns. His work at Nickelodeon has won more than twenty international awards, while his animated short films have screened at over sixty festivals worldwide. Mick lives in Sydney with his wife, two kids and a garden full of lizards.

General Fields

  • : 9780734416629
  • : Hachette Australia
  • : Lothian Children's Books
  • : 0.3
  • : February 2016
  • : 128mm X 198mm X 20mm
  • : Australia
  • : May 2016
  • : books

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  • : Mick Elliott
  • : Paperback
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