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Alex Sparrow & the Really Big Stink – Jennifer Killick

‘The Blurb’ – Alex Sparrow is a super-agent in training. He is also a human lie-detector. Working with Jess – who can communicate with animals – they must find out why their friends, and enemies, are all changing into polite and well-behaved pupils. And exactly who is behind it all. Alex Sparrow is a funny, mid-grade novel full of farts, jokes and superhero references. Oh, and a rather clever goldfish called Bob. In a world where kids’ flaws and peculiarities are being erased out of existence, Alex and Jess must rely on what makes them different to save the day.

We were lucky enough to have Jennifer come and visit Elmhurst a couple of years ago; she was absolutely brilliant! This was her first published book and I have only just gotten around to reading it myself. It is such a wonderful book. Alex and Jess both gain their superpowers in an odd way and using their powers has unfortunate side effects; for Alex this means that his ear farts! This is a wonderful mystery story with characters you can easily relate to. It is also very funny and silly at times (just what some people need right now!) and if you like this one, there are two more in the series to read (AS & the Furry Fury and AS & the Zumbie Apocalypse). Suitable for absolutely everyone at Elmhurst and their grown-ups too. This is an ideal book to share with others in these strange times.

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