Boom! By Mark Haddon Published by David Fickling ISBN 978 0 611773 4 In 2004, Mark Haddon wrote a brilliant novel called The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time. The story of an autistic teenage detective appealed to youngsters and adults alike. Since then, fans have been eagerly awaiting Haddon's next offering. Finally, here comes Boom! Haddon has done something unusual. He went back to one of his earlier books and rewrote it. The result is an entertaining gem. Teenager Jim lives in a small, cramped flat with his out-of-work dad, his businesswoman mum and Goth the older sister. Dad is depressed because he can't get a job. He spends all his time cooking experimental meals for his family. Jim prefers jam and cheese sandwiches and spends his time perfecting the combo. Between making sandwiches, Jim has to go to school. He is not a good student and lets his mind wander off when he should be concentrating in class. But he is horrified when he hears a rumour that he might be packed off to a special-needs school. With his friend Charlie, Jim begins to spy on his teachers to see what's going on. They overhear Mrs Pearce and Mr Kidd talking to each other in a strange foreign language. Is it some sort of code? Are the two teachers spies or bank robbers? The two boys decide to find out. They break into Mrs Pearce's house. What they discover there sets them off on a strange and dangerous journey. Boom! is a funny, fast-paced and crazy adventure.