The Secret School Invasion

The Secret School Invasion

By Author / Illustrator

Pamela Butchart, illus Thomas Flintham


Funny Stories

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Nosy Crow Ltd




Paperback / softback




Hilarious, pitch-perfect stories where everyday school life becomes completely extraordinary! By a brilliant author/illustrator team with laughs on every page!

Izzy's school is being merged with St Bartholomew's Primary, their greatest rivals! What will happen when the new kids join, in their too-shiny shoes and with their too-loud singing? And what if they've got a secret mission and that mission is a BAD mission? Only Izzy and her friends can discover the truth, even if they must go SO DEEP UNDERCOVER that they might not come back...

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I was thrilled to be sent another delightful school adventure featuring Izzy, Jodie, Zach and Maisie as I am a big fan of this quirky quartet. I love the dramatic escapades and heroics that always occur when they find themselves faced with yet another, quite outlandish yet utterly believable, crisis.

In The Secret School Invasion the fabulous four discover that, horrifyingly, their school is to be merged with their ARCH ENEMIES, St Balthazer. Obviously there is high excitement, shock and complete chaos from the very start of the story with an Emergency teachers-only assembly and then an unforgettable school gathering where the enemy arrives: 'But then suddenly everyone went quiet because we could all hear something. And it sounded a bit like MARCHING. Mr Graves gasped and whispered, "They're here.Save us all."  With shiny shoes, perfect blazers, huge creepy smiles and some of them looking EXACTLY like our four (by now, freaking out) friends, there are many questions to be asked and a mission to be had; investigate these Super Pupils, find out how and why they plan to take over the school - and stop them!

The Secret School Invasion is an energetic and frantically fun adventure. Pamela Butchart is brilliant at capturing the breathless, frenzied imaginations of her young characters - how extreme their sense of drama is and how hilariously excitable, full of exaggeration and hyperbole their actions and reactions are. It is an absolute joy to read; appealing text layout with capitalized, underlined and bold exclamations and those fabulous illustrations by Thomas Flintham, who adds even more fun to the riotous scenes and further livens up the pace.

Without any spoilers , the chapter 'The Not Fun Day' is a downright hysterical depiction of a very different sports day at school and is pure genius in mimicking a very current "fight to survive" genre. I loved also that even after all the books, our original quartet of kids still bring surprises about themselves to the story and their characters and relationships endear themselves to us a little more each time. This was a perfect summertime read for me - exciting escapism that left you feeling light and exuberant!

272 pages / Reviewed by Jennifer Caddick, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 7+


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