Elliot’s problems are getting worse. Mr Boil is desperate to expel him from school, his mum is sick and he has no idea how to make her better, his nosey neighbour is snooping around their farm again, and there’s the Really Scary Letter that arrived three weeks ago. And if all that wasn’t bad enough, an immortal constellation crashes through the roof of his cow shed leading to a whole new set of problems, namely the accidental release of Prisoner 42, and the arrival of the Olympian Gods to recapture him…
Maz Evans’ debut deals with the harsh reality of a child isolating himself to protect a parent with a mental health illness, and the spiralling issues that it creates with a lightness and humour that foster empathy and hope in equal measure and reminds us of the power of friendship.
With Gods that could have stepped straight off the set of TOWIE, a mix of perfectly timed slapstick and dry wit that works for children and adults alike, this is a riotously funny romp with a heart of gold at its core. Looking forward to the next one already.
Great for fans of David Solomons, M.G. Leonard and all things Greek Mythology.