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The first of Terry Pratchett's terrific fantasy novels starring Johnny Maxwell - now with a brand-new look from the much-loved Mark Beech

This is the first book in the Johnny Maxwell trilogy.
Johnny Maxwell is just an ordinary boy – not smart, popular or rich.
But he does love video games.

And as his parents argue themselves out of a marriage, Johnny plays at becoming humanity’s last hope, shooting invading aliens out of a pixelated sky.

Then comes a message from the last remaining alien spaceship: We Wish to Talk.

And suddenly Johnny is thrust into the very real world of the video game, and comes face to face with an alien race that needs his help.

Only Johnny can save them. And this isn't a game anymore . . .


An impressively original book with its thrills and spills, its inventiveness, its wit and continuous readability

Daily Telegraph

A wonderful new Pratchett-style fantasy: funny and thrilling enough for anyone who can read fluently

Daily Mail

Funny and exciting


Terry Pratchett's funny, fast-moving story makes provocative reading for all computer game players . . . Makes a serious point out of a ridiculously comic example

Children's Books of the Year

Everyone should read Terry Pratchett. Maybe it should be part of the National Curriculum?


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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    May 28, 2018

    Corgi Childrens

    240 pages

    RRP $16.99

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  • EBook


    September 1, 2010

    RHCP Digital

    224 pages

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