By Frank Cottrell Boyce
Liam has consistently felt rather like he is caught among worlds. this can be essentially simply because he is a twelve-year-old child who feels like he is approximately thirty. occasionally it is not so undesirable, like whilst his new valuable blunders him for a instructor at the first day of faculty or while he convinces a motor vehicle broker to enable him take a Porsche out on a attempt force. yet often it really is simply problematical, being a child trapped in an grownup global. And so he makes a decision to turn issues round. Liam cons his means onto the 1st spaceship to take civilians into house, a unique flight for a gaggle of youngsters and an grownup chaperone, and he's going because the grownup chaperone. it isn't lengthy prior to Liam, together with his acquaintances, is caught among worlds again—only this time he is 239,000 miles from domestic. Frank Cottrell Boyce, writer of thousands and Framed, brings us a humorous and touching tale of the numerous ways that grown-upness is really wasted on grown-ups.
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