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Operation: Evil Genius

Illustrated by Gemma Correll

About The Book

What would you do if you woke up one day to find that your best friend has become your worst enemy?

That's exactly what happens to 11-year-old Ryan in this brand-new comedy adventure from bestselling author, comedian, and presenter Danny Wallace, perfect for readers age 8+ and fans of Stephen Mangan, Andy Griffiths, Jenny Pearson, Helen Rutter, David Walliams and David Baddiel.

Separated only by a garden fence, Ryan and Tom have been best friends since they were two years old. But while Ryan is looking forward to starting secondary school together, Tom doesn't seem to want anything to do him with anymore. Suddenly, he’d rather hang out with mean Minnie and horrible Simon!

Ryan sets out to repair their friendship . . . but everything he tries backfires spectacularly. So Ryan decides that there’s only one thing for it – he must exact terrible revenge on his ex-best friend. Cue: Operation Evil Genius.

There’s only one problem… every time Ryan tries to make Tom look BAD, he ends up looking GOOD. As it turns out, Ryan is terrible at being terrible!

Don’t miss this hilarious and heart-warming comedy adventure about the magic of true friendship from the bestselling author of The Day the Screens Went Blank. Fully illustrated throughout by Gemma Correll.

From the author of highly acclaimed adult bestsellers YES MAN, JOIN ME and the eagerly anticipated SOMEBODY TOLD ME.

Other books by Danny Wallace:
The Boss of Everyone
The Luckiest Kid in the World
The Day the Screens Went Blank
Hamish and the Worldstoppers
Hamish and the Neverpeople
Hamish and the Gravity Burp
Hamish and the Baby Boom
Hamish and the Terrible Terrible Christmas and Other Stories
Hamish and the Monster Patrol

Praise for The Day the Screens Went Blank:
'So funny' Noel Fielding
'Brilliantly funny' Shappi Khorsandi
'Hilarious' Tim Minchin
'Warm and funny' Frank Cottrell-Boyce

About The Author

Danny Wallace is an award-winning writer who’s done lots of silly things. He’s been a quiz show host. A character in a video game. He’s made TV shows about monkeys, robots, and starting his own country. He has written lots of books for grown ups, in which he uses words like ‘invidious’, and he pretends he knows what they mean but he doesn’t. He thinks you’re terrific. Danny’s first book for children, Hamish and the Worldstoppers, was the first in a bestselling series, and his recent standalones, The Day the Screens Went Blank and The Luckiest Kid in the World are highly acclaimed. The Boss of Everyone is his latest novel for readers age 8+.

About The Illustrator

Gemma Correll is an award-winning cartoonist, writer, and illustrator. Her work has been featured in The New York TimesLos Angeles Times, NPR, Elle, and Forbes, among many others. She has written her own books and illustrated several others for adult and children’s publishers. Her design clients include Hallmark, The New York Times, Progressive, and JetBlue. She has done product partnerships with The Whitney Museum, Converse, Keurig, and numerous other brands. Her products are available in various stores, including World Market. Every year since 2016, she has created social media campaigns for Mental Health America during Mental Health Awareness Month. In short, her work is everywhere. Originally from Britain, she now lives in California with her husband and two pugs.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK (June 20, 2024)
  • Length: 352 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781398517424
  • Ages: 8 - 99

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