UK Writers and Illustrator
Lucy and Stephen Hawking, illustrated by Garry Parsons George and the Unbreakable Code Doubleday 2014 $29.99pb 314pp
ISBN 978 0 8575 3326 5
Themes: Computers/ Out of this world stories/ Outer space/ Series/ Staying safe on line/ The Universe
Something very unusual is happening to the world’s computers. Check-outs don’t work so supermarkets can’t charge for their food, aircraft are unable to take off and banks are actually handing out free money. George and his friend Annie (heroes of the three earlier books by the same writers) realise that some serious hacking has been going on and decide they must travel far into deep space to rectify the problems. This is far from a simple adventure story and is packed with amazing facts and theories about the beginnings of life on earth/ time in space/ mathematical laws and all written as an easy to follow and exciting story. This is not surprising when you realise the writers are Lucy Hawking and her father, Stephen Hawking who is Director of Research at the Institute of Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge. He is widely regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein.
Year 6 up/ Age 10 up