Kip Bramley has a feeling that there is something more out there, beyond everyday life; something big, something incredible. So, when he receives a cryptic invitation, delivered by a beetle-shaped drone that appears to be breathing, he doesn’t hesitate. The clues lead to Quicksmiths College of Strange Energy, where a new reality awaits – a reality of wormholes, flying Skimmis, hidden powers, and the mischievous mowl. Soon Kip and his pet flying squirrel, Pinky, find themselves hunting for riddles set 400 years ago by a mysterious genius. But this isn't any ordinary treasure hunt: as the clock counts down, the danger rises...
Will Kip and his new friends outwit the gathering forces of darkness and get to the Ark of Ideas in time to change their world forever?
Praise for the book:
Selected for the Summer Reading Challenge by national library associations and Science Museum Group. Shortlisted for Leicestershire Libraries children’s book award. The Observer Best Children’s Books of the Month. The Guardian best books of 2020, chosen by Booksellers.
'A mind-blowing, puzzle-packed, epic adventure! Such a fantastic book, packed with so many ideas... it’s hard to sum it up in one sentence.'
‘Deeply hilarious and highly intelligent...’
Children's Books Ireland
‘An incredibly inventive, fabulously funny book ... one of the best children’s fantasy books I’ve read so far this year. Do not miss it!’
‘Brimming with interest and detail ... a thoroughly enjoyable book.’
‘A fast-paced adventure imbued with the true magic of science.’
‘An amazing story of strange happenings and adventure, skilfully interwoven with messages of friendship and resilience. A fantastic read for anyone young or old, and an ideal choice for whole class reading.’
Sam Phillips @ReadingZone