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Post-life citizens
Breath challenged
Vertically disadvantaged
(buried, not short)

Johnny Maxwell's new friends not appreciate the term "ghosts," but they are, well, dead.

The town council wants to sell the cemetery, and its inhabitants aren't about to take that lying down! Johnny is the only one who can see them, and and the previously alive need his help to save their home and their history. Johnny didn't mean to become the voice for the lifeless, but if he doesn't speak up, who will?

In Johnny Maxwell's second adventure, Carnegie Medalist Terry Pratchett explores the bonds between the living and the dead and proves that it's never too late to have the time of your life -- even if it is your afterlife!

Topics: Ghosts, Supernatural Powers, The Afterlife, Coming of Age, Funny, Adventurous, 1990s, England, and Trilogy

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061975219
List price: $5.99
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It's Terry Pratchett's doing, so of course it's fun. It plays around with the idea of time travel in a way that doesn't break my brain too much, which I can accept easily enough to drag me along for the ride. I'm told it's not the first book in the series, though, and it shows: I would probably have cared more if, well, I'd already cared.

I'm not really sure what to say about it. I was quite excited to get a Terry Pratchett book on my course, but now I've got it, I don't think I'm going to write about it. It's clever and sometimes funny, and there's hints at engaging with deeper issues, but most of the time I was a little bored -- probably due to the target audience being quite a bit younger than I am! -- and just reading it because I had to. Which is a bit of a shame because I normally love Terry Pratchett.more
Pratchet-Johnny and the Bomb-can the guys travel in time and alert the town before the bombs land?more
I'm not really a huge Pratchett fan, and sadly, I don't think this is one of the gems. I liked the way the time is looked at in the book, especially the idea of how to move through it. Not a classic, but a slightly different way of doing a story with parallel universes. Loved the bag lady.more
While I don't think the Johnny Maxwell books are as great as Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, I am disappointed that there are only three. With this last one, Johnny and the Bomb, the character of Johnny seems to really take shape and accept his "powers". It would be great to follow him on more adventures where is large imagination is so large, it escapes his head and turns real. As it is, however, the last book in this trilogy treats readers to a thoughtful look about time travel and World War II. Pratchett presents a diverse look about the issues that come up between the time travel and war. He delivers many thoughtful ideas that can ruminate in one's mind for quite a while. Overall, this is a wonderful series of books series of books that are more lesson oriented than the Discworld books, but still very enjoyable and contemplative.more
This book is the third in Pratchett's Johnny Maxwell trillogy, and while Only You Can Save Mankind is still my favorite, I loved this one too. Like all Pratchett, you'll get lovely layers of humor, a deep sense of humanity, and a fun, tightly woven plot. Recommende for all readers.more
In my favorite of the Johnny Maxwell trilogy, Johnny crosses paths with Mrs. Tachyon, a bag lady who also is a time traveller. He and his friends travel back to WWII in their town with the predictable changing of time that must be fixed. However, instead of simply changing time back to its previous path, Johnny wants to prevent a bomb wiping out Paradise Street in the middle of the night. This necessitates a lot of maneuvering by the kids with the usual humorous Pratchett twists and turns along the way. I was surprised at what a page turner it became by the end as I stayed up way past bedtime to get Johnny and his pals home again.more
Pratchett starts off again by taking an off-the-cuff saying literally. What if you really had "bags of time"? What would you do? Where and when would you go? And if you had the chance to change something, would you?more
Children go back in time and find themselves involved in an adventure set in the 2nd World War. Great characters and a good plot.more
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It's Terry Pratchett's doing, so of course it's fun. It plays around with the idea of time travel in a way that doesn't break my brain too much, which I can accept easily enough to drag me along for the ride. I'm told it's not the first book in the series, though, and it shows: I would probably have cared more if, well, I'd already cared.

I'm not really sure what to say about it. I was quite excited to get a Terry Pratchett book on my course, but now I've got it, I don't think I'm going to write about it. It's clever and sometimes funny, and there's hints at engaging with deeper issues, but most of the time I was a little bored -- probably due to the target audience being quite a bit younger than I am! -- and just reading it because I had to. Which is a bit of a shame because I normally love Terry Pratchett.more
Pratchet-Johnny and the Bomb-can the guys travel in time and alert the town before the bombs land?more
I'm not really a huge Pratchett fan, and sadly, I don't think this is one of the gems. I liked the way the time is looked at in the book, especially the idea of how to move through it. Not a classic, but a slightly different way of doing a story with parallel universes. Loved the bag lady.more
While I don't think the Johnny Maxwell books are as great as Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, I am disappointed that there are only three. With this last one, Johnny and the Bomb, the character of Johnny seems to really take shape and accept his "powers". It would be great to follow him on more adventures where is large imagination is so large, it escapes his head and turns real. As it is, however, the last book in this trilogy treats readers to a thoughtful look about time travel and World War II. Pratchett presents a diverse look about the issues that come up between the time travel and war. He delivers many thoughtful ideas that can ruminate in one's mind for quite a while. Overall, this is a wonderful series of books series of books that are more lesson oriented than the Discworld books, but still very enjoyable and contemplative.more
This book is the third in Pratchett's Johnny Maxwell trillogy, and while Only You Can Save Mankind is still my favorite, I loved this one too. Like all Pratchett, you'll get lovely layers of humor, a deep sense of humanity, and a fun, tightly woven plot. Recommende for all readers.more
In my favorite of the Johnny Maxwell trilogy, Johnny crosses paths with Mrs. Tachyon, a bag lady who also is a time traveller. He and his friends travel back to WWII in their town with the predictable changing of time that must be fixed. However, instead of simply changing time back to its previous path, Johnny wants to prevent a bomb wiping out Paradise Street in the middle of the night. This necessitates a lot of maneuvering by the kids with the usual humorous Pratchett twists and turns along the way. I was surprised at what a page turner it became by the end as I stayed up way past bedtime to get Johnny and his pals home again.more
Pratchett starts off again by taking an off-the-cuff saying literally. What if you really had "bags of time"? What would you do? Where and when would you go? And if you had the chance to change something, would you?more
Children go back in time and find themselves involved in an adventure set in the 2nd World War. Great characters and a good plot.more
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