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May 29 2008

Jimmy Coates: Sabotage by Joe Craig

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HarperCollins, 2007.
(Age 10+) This is the fourth in this highly exciting series, Jimmy Coates was presumed dead at the end of number three (Revenge) But this boy, produced by a future dictatorial British government as a weapon, having just 38% of his body human, the rest machine, does not give up easily. Thrown into a situation where he has to fight his machine side to keep his human instincts alive, in the search for his mother and sister, he must use all of his powers to stay alive. NJ7 is after him, although they think that he is Zafi, another of the children born to be weapons, and it is not until Mitchell comes to the oil rig, that his true identity is revealed.

An exciting, thrill a minute series, Jimmy Coates is exhilarating. Young James Bond mixed with a dose of Famous Five, all wrapped up with a big dollop of morality as Jimmy tries to suppress his manufactured side which is bent on destruction. A heady mix for upper primary and lower secondary readers, the series is easy to read and will appeal to boys.
Fran Knight

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