Cover and internal illustrations by Kanako & Yuzuru
The first in a fast-paced, funny series featuring The Stig: Top Gear’s legendary racing driver.
Sam Wheeler may be the new boy in Bunsfold, but he’s got a feeling that all is not well either in the town or at Bunsfold High – and he’s not just talking about the maths teacher with the unfortunate flatulence. A local boy, Buster Mustang, has recently gone missing, and no one seems to care – they’re all too busy playing the highly addictive video game Xenon or getting the town ready for its very first TT race. Both are the brainchild of mysterious local billionaire PT Cruiser. Besides global domination, PT Cruiser wants nothing more than to destroy his nemesis The Stig once and for all – and his TT race is just what he needs to tempt him on to the big stage again …
Sam sets out with his new friends Minnie Cooper and Ford Harrison to uncover the truth behind all the strange goings-on in Bunsfold – but danger has a habit of showing up wherever they do, and soon all that stands between our heroes and disaster is … a taciturn man in a white suit.
High-octane adventure packed with humour, engaging characters and a computer game that is everything.
Fans of The Stig will recognise many of the associated jokes, while car fanatics will pick up on the themed names. I particularly enjoyed the word play and puns liberally scattered throughout the action, and the Bond jokes (showing my age there).
And, if you’re thinking this is one for the boys, forget it! With two strong female leads, this will appeal to all readers from Year 5 up. Short chapters, with comedy summaries, and stunning, detailed illustrations that would be at home in a graphic novel, increase it’s appeal and accessibility for reluctant readers.
The first in a four-book series, and with wide appeal, this is sure to be a winner at school.
The Stig Plays A Dangerous Game is available from all good bookshops. You can support your local independent bookstore and still order online using Hive.co.uk
About The Authors…
Jon wrote sell-out shows at Edinburgh while at university before plumping for a career in advertising and technology investment that has seen him become a fixture on the Sunday Times ‘Britain’s 500 Most Influential People’ list. One day, while attending to one of many sidelines – as a columnist for Top Gear magazine – Jon had a moment. Alone in a lift, he met The Stig, who non-verbally communicated that it was high time someone wrote a book for his many younger fans. Jon called Tim, they fired up their flux capacitor and returned, sliding-doors-style, to the career they’d always thought they should have had in the first place.
Tim wrote sell-out Edinburgh shows at university before spending many years in ventures such as building and filling a fringe theatre, performing stand-up poetry, living in various parts of the globe and working as an advertising brand planner.
About The Illustrators…
Kanako and Yuzuru are two Japanese sisters who collaborate on every illustration even though Kanako lives in London and Yuzuru resides in Japan! Thanks to the internet, they can work seamlessly together on projects. Using traditional pen and ink, together with the Mac, their work is widely used in advertising, children’s publishing and editorial commissions and has a charm and appeal across a wide range of subjects.
Huge thanks to Faye Rogers and Piccadilly Press for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for The Stig Plays A Dangerous Game. Do make sure you check out the other stops on the blog tour, and schools, don’t miss out on the twitter giveaway ending tonight.