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Adventure stories (Children's / Teenage)

A land trapped in summer. A missing father. A dangerous journey. The explosive, action-packed new adventure from the award-winning author of Kick and Pop!

Ash has always lived in Last Village, lonely since the day his father left and never came back.

The world is unbearably hot, water is drying up, and life is hard. After a vicious thunderstorm, Ash wakes to find that the village's water has completely run out, and all the other villagers have mysteriously disappeared.

Accompanied by the outcast Bronwyn, Ash sets off in search of water, for answers about what happened to the villagers, with hope they might find 'The Kingdom' - a rumoured land to the north where life still flourishes.

Ash and Bronwyn have to survive a journey across an arid landscape, discovering that other people out there are even more dangerous than the lightning strikes that follow them. Then they reach The Wall - beyond it, something impossible.

Lying in wait are the answers Ash is searching for, and maybe even the truth about what happened to his father. If only he could get past The Wall...

Sometimes all it takes is just one spark.


Praise for Mitch Johnson
'Fizzes with adventure and great characters who pop from the page' - Peter Bunzl, bestselling author of Cogheart

'I read it all in one gulp!' -
Ross Welford, bestselling author of Time Travelling with a Hamster

'A bonkers Willy-Wonka nightmare designed to get children thinking about the effects of everything they buy'
- Ross Montgomery, bestselling author of The Midnight Guardians

'A zany adventure that will make you bubble with laughter and fizz with indignation on behalf of our planet'
- Maria Kuzniar, bestselling author of The Ship of Shadows 'An exploding soda geyser of a book - an adventure story that will make you laugh, make you angry and make you want to do something to fix this crazy, messed up world' - Charlie Higson, bestselling author of Young Bond and The Enemy

'Pop! is an explosive and unforgettable adventure with defiant heroes, devious villains, deadly corporate secrets all told with Johnson's brilliant humour. I loved it'
- Tamsin Winter, bestselling author of Jemima Small Versus the Universe

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Mitch Johnson

After graduating from the University of East Anglia with an award-winning degree in English Literature with Creative Writing, Mitch completed Kick, his debut novel for middle grade readers. Endorsed by Amnesty International UK for its portrayal of children's rights, Kick also received the 2018 Branford Boase Award. Mitch now works as a Waterstones bookseller in Norwich where he lives with his wife and baby daughter.

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