By: Nick Falk
Illustrated by: Tony Flowers
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: Random House
Published: 28 Mar 2016
ISBN: 9780143780328


Join three friends as they dodge bullies, do their homework and alter the entire course of history in the process!

Mr Pilchard is furious. His class came last in the poetry contest, mostly because of Sid's terrible effort. He gives Sid an ultimatum – write the winning entry in the upcoming story competition . . . or be fed to the classroom guinea pig.

Sid turns to his sister, Wendy, and his evil-genius neighbour, the Mighty Professor Skeletron, for help. Together, they consult a psychic cat who leads them to the perfect solution – give a Shakespeare story a sci-fi twist! But when their story comes to life and causes an alien invasion, they have to find a way to travel back in time and change the past. 

Will they save the world, or will life as we know it no longer exist?


The story for every student that has ever had trouble writing a story!

Sidney Bice is an eleven-year-old who is good at many things—especially drawing, maths and sport. Unfortunately, writing isn’t one of them. After his terrible writing caused his class to have a dismal result in the poetry competition, Sid is humiliated by his teacher and bullied by his classmates. Sid is given an ultimatum - come up with a story for the Book Week competition or be fed to Mr Whiskers, Mr Pilchard’s guinea pig. Sid better come up with something good—and fast!

Sid decides to enlist the help of his little sister Wendy and his evil-genius neighbour, the Mighty Professor Skeletron. They come up with an epic sci-fi Shakespeare story to save Sid from his terrible fate, only to create a much bigger problem—the story comes to life! Will they save the day?

This is a crazy, fast-paced and action packed story about history and literature and, more importantly, about standing up for yourself, believing in your ability and realising that everyone has their own unique talents.

Suitable for all middle primary readers, but boys in particular will enjoy this one!

Reviewed by Sam