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Issue 289 Book Club

July 16, 2017


Kid Normal

By Greg James and Chris Smith

Illustrated by Erica Salcedo


KidNormal Cover


Kid Normal tells the story of Murph Cooper. When he rocks up to his new school several weeks into the beginning of term, he can’t help but feel a bit out of his depth. And it’s not because he’s worried about where to sit, and making friends, and fitting in, or not knowing where the loos are. It’s because his mum has enrolled him at a school for superheroes by mistake. And unlike his fellow students, who can all control the weather or fly or conjure tiny horses from thin air, Murph has no special abilities whatsoever. But just because you don’t have superpowers, it doesn’t mean you can’t save the day.

Let’s hope Murph realises that, and quick – because not far away is a great big bad guy who is half man and half wasp, and his mind is abuzz with evil plans …

About the authors
Greg James and Chris Smith - credit Jenny Smith
GREG JAMES is a familiar voice and face on both radio and TV. He’s the host of Radio 1’s Drivetime show – named Best Entertainment Production at the 2016 ARIA Awards where the judges described it as ‘a joyous listen … ambitious and constantly surprising’. He also presents the UK’s Official Chart every Friday. On-screen, Greg’s recently been busy hosting Children in Need and BT Sport’s new cricket coverage. Earlier in the year he raised over a million pounds for Sport Relief by completing his #GREGATHLON – five triathlons in five different cities on five consecutive days. Greg has no super powers. In his spare time he enjoys the idea of having hobbies. But in reality, he’s made all of them into work.
CHRIS SMITH is a not only a key part of the success of Greg’s show both creatively and in an on air capacity but an award-winning journalist and broadcaster in his own right. Since 2011 he’s been delivering the news to millions of people every day as the presenter of Newsbeat on BBC Radio 1. He’d previously presented on Radio 5 Live and Xfm. Chris enjoyed a previous, glittering, literary career as the winner of the H E Bates Short Story Competition 1981 (under 10s section) with his tale Where Are the Brandy Snaps?. Chris has no super powers either, although he enjoys pretending his cat Mabel can fly by picking her up and running around.