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The Johnny Maxwell Trilogy [Hardcover]

Terry Pratchett
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Nov. 4 1999
From a computer game in which the aliens want Johnny to negotiate a peace treaty for them, to the inhabitants of a cemetery who are just discovering how much fun being alive can be, to the time of the Blitz, join Johnny Maxwell and his friends in these three terrific tales from the master of comic fantasy. ONLY YOU CAN SAVE MANKIND - Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award. JOHNNY AND THE DEAD - Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal; A Writers' Guild Award Winner; Also televised by LWT for ITV. JOHNNY AND THE BOMB - Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal; Shortlisted for the Children's Book Award; Smarties Prize Silver Medal Winner.

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Terry Pratchett is one of the most popular authors writing today. He lives behind a keyboard in Wiltshire and says he 'doesn't want to get a life, because it feels as though he's trying to lead three already'. He was appointed OBE in 1998. He is the author of the phenomenally successful Discworld series and his trilogy for young readers, The Bromeliad, is scheduled to be adapted into a spectacular animated movie. His first Discworld novel for children, THE AMAZING MAURICE AND HIS EDUCATED RODENTS, was awarded the 2001 Carnegie Medal.

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By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
I've never understood why the books in the Johnny Maxwell series are so hard to find. Not only are they written by one of the world's most engaging, brilliant authors, they are a rare example of truly intelligent books aimed at a young adult audience; they are loads of fun for adults, as well. It seems a little strange to journey with Terry Pratchett to a place other than the Discworld, but this little jaunt is quite enjoyable - and future echoes of Discworld begin to emerge as the series progresses. Johnny Maxwell is just a normal twelve-year old kid, or at least he tries to be. When we first meet him, he is living in Trying Times, sort of left to take care of himself while his parents argue. Trying Times moves to Being Sensible About Things, and by the second book we find Johnny living with his grandfather. He's still a normal kid - it's just that things seem to happen to him that don't happen to anyone else - aliens inside a computer game surrender to him and name him their Chosen One, dead people start talking to him, and he even manages to stumble into time travel.

Like any kid, Johnny enjoys a good computer game every now and then, and his friend Wobbler supplies him with just about any pirated game he could want. He has destroyed all but the last alien ship in the game Only You Can Save Mankind when a message suddenly appears on the screen: We wish to talk. Thus begins a journey that takes him inside the game as the Chosen One, the human who will lead the alien ScreeWee race back to safety beyond The Boundary. The reptilian captain of the ScreeWee is tired of fighting; the human fighters appear out of nowhere, kill and destroy ships in her fleet, and keep coming back no matter how many times they are killed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wish there were more in the series March 2 2013
By Ed E
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I really enjoyed all three stories. They were a lot of fun to read, too bad there wasn't a lot more of them, like the Discworld series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! April 16 2011
By Me Lungo Ellen - Published on
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I have been a Pratchett fan for some time now but have generally stuck to the discworld novels. I have seen the book 'Only you can save mankind' a few times but never bothered with it. A few days ago, having run out of discworld novels not read but being in a Pratchett mood, I bought 'Only you can save mankind'. Absolutely delightfull! Couldn't put it down! So as I finnished it I saw it was part of a trilogy and went looking for the other two. I saw this compilation of them and despite the lone review saying the guy couldn't get over the editing errors, I bought it anyway. There are no more painfull errors in the other two parts and frankly there are not as many of them in the first part as to merit not being read! Brilliant stuff and each book stands alone well even if you had not read the others. Definitely worth the read :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A decent read, but not Pratchett at his best Oct. 9 2011
By MB - Published on
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The Johnny Maxwell books were clearly written with younger readers in mind, and unlike some of Pratchett's other books for younger readers, there aren't that many inside jokes for adults. In general, the books go a little lighter on the trademarked Pratchett humor than most of the others. As usual, Pratchett weaves interesting if not overly complicated stories, but the attempt at making believable, real world characters fell a little flat in my eyes. Maybe I'm too old. Still, it's Pratchett so you know it's going to be a decent read, and if you're, say, 12 to 15 years old, even better.

About spelling problems, there are no more errors than in most ebooks. The other reviewer seems to be referring to a segment early in the first book where Johnny, who is 12, is typing and writing things like can@t.
4.0 out of 5 stars Pratchet magic as always April 6 2013
By lidias kindle - Published on
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I have read absolutely every Pratchet book I could lay my hands on.
Although I didn`t "LOVE" all of them I thorouhgly enjoyed every single one and have also
bought all but 1 or 2 of his books.
Being a avid fan, I might be biased, but cannot help it.
He has the knack to make you "recognise" his charachters in people in your own life.
He writes "human" better than any person I have come across, despite the fact that his stories are all
Don`t ever underestimate the power of his books and once you are caught in his web, there is no escaping until
you have read every single book he has ever written.
I strongly recomend this Trilogy.
4.0 out of 5 stars Who doesn't love Terry Pratchett? March 5 2013
By C. Teresi - Published on
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Not like Discworld novel, but good! If you like to "game", a must-read. Johnny's friends are the nerds/dweebs I always wanted at my side!
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Maxwell Trilogy June 5 2012
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I just love Sir Terry Pratchett books. I read all of these in the late 90's and I have really enjoyed reading them again.
Sir Terry Pratchett's humour is amazing. He never disappoints.
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