Lovely, witty story about the bored Prime Minister's son who manages to break out into the real world from 10 Downing Street, team up with people with real concerns and try to stop the construction of a new airport and the resulting destruction of the environment. There's a secret tunnel, evil guys and cunning plans galore in this nicely-paced, imaginative and breezy tale which young teenagers (of all ages...) will enjoy.
Tuning into the ten-year-old me (that's a long time ago) this is the kind of book that would have had me glued to the pages. There's a secret tunnel under 10, Downing Street and a crooked Chancellor to provide plenty of distractions for a bored kid who happens to be the Prime Minister's son. There's no way he can stop dodgy goings-on relating to a proposed new airport though, is there? Read it and find out.
This is a great story about how the prime minister's son accidently meets up with an eco warrior and tries to save the planet for her. Overall a great book which highlights to children how important it is to try and stand up for the planet and to try and save it.
In my younger days as a teenager, I’d been quite a protester when it came to specific causes, especially if it involved the environment. I found myself quickly stepping into the shoes, the book’s protagonist, Marty Marsh, and becoming my inner-child as I read this book.
Living in the United States, it took a bit of fantasizing about being in the UK, even more so when you consider I’m the child of the Prime Minister. While it might be fun in pretending to be a child of a significant political figure, the reality is quite different, as I would be losing all of my freedom in having friends and being able to see and playing with them.
Luckily, Marty found a way of sneaking out of his home at 10 Downing Street and wound up making friends with Jumi. Just like I did as a teenager, I found myself wanting to team up with Jumi to help her in preventing a primeval forest from being devastated due to a planned new airport, even though they were younger than I’d been in my protesting years.
I could see why Marty found it rather tricky in trying to help Jumi in her quest to save the environment, especially with his very inquisitive sister, and a security guard who had been keen that nothing would get by him. I found myself being apprehensive, just as Marty did, in undertaking this quest. But, luckily, in the end, the new airport idea got tossed into the reject file, and the forest got saved. I’m not going to go into the trials and tribulations the two protagonists had to face since it would have taken the intrigue of the story with its multitude of plot twists.
I found this book to be an enlightening reading experience for its young readers by giving them a look into the politics associated with the behind scene activities regarding an environmental cause. For wanting this for his young readers, my inner-child and myself have given the author, Ian Slatter, 5 STARS for his endeavor here.
I never gave a single thought of the earth dying, which now I think is the most ungrateful thing ever. This book is not only funny and awesome but it also teaches you a ton of interesting things about the planet! Five stars for a book that deserves it!☺️🌱
Earth is our mother and home. And like our mother and home, we need to take care of it.🌍
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I actually hesitated reading it because I read too much books in the past weeks and I might be unable to appreciate it. I guess it's the right decision to read it because it's a really good book. I almost forgot that it's classified as a children's fiction because it tackles politics. It had a realistic approach which everyone can relate to. I also find the illustrations cute. I highly recommend it for older kids and young adults.
Okay this was adorable! And super fun! Marty is the 12-year-old son of the British Prime Minister and he's bored of politics, and bored of living under lockdown in Downing St when he used to be able to go out and play with his mates at his old school - hah, his frustration at not being allowed out is VERY appropriate right now!! Anyway, adventures ensue when he learns of a secret passage that leads out of the house and right into a tube station... he then gets himself mixed up in an Eco Now protest, and becomes interested in one of the matters that parliament is debating... but will his mum listen?!
This book has it all: secret passages and espionage and blackmail and bribery, all wrapped up in a super cute story that an adult can read in an hour or so :D