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Aquila by Andrew Norriss


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Great adventure story
Reviewer: Author Cid
Ages: Y4, Y5, Y6       Genres: Humour, Adventure & Action, Character & Series, Lifestyle & Family Issues

When two boys find a 'shuttle' in a cave, next to the bones of dead Roman, they decide to keep Aquila secret and hide it in Tom's garage. The story explores how the boys learn about the machine - it can fly, fire lazers, become invisible, answer questions... and the author cleverly shows how Tom and Geoff suddenly become excited about learning new things now that they have a real purpose. There is lots of comedy, especially when they frighten a poor neighbour who reports sightings of UFOs to the authorities.

Well written, great read aloud - winner of Whitbread Award