The Ultimate Prize and a Deadly Trap: Read an Extract from Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows by Denis Knight & Cristy Burne

The Ultimate Prize and a Deadly Trap: Read an Extract from Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows by Denis Knight & Cristy Burne

CHAPTER 1

I hold my breath as Alfie’s robot zips across the classroom floor. Wheels spinning, it races into the maze and takes the first corner without slowing down. Left! Right! Right! Left! The little purple robot navigates the wooden block corridors with reckless speed.

When it reaches the exit it beeps twice, flashes its lights and does a triumphant bunny hop over the finish line. Then, whistling a cheery tune, it buzzes around Mrs Glock’s desk, rockets past the line of fire extinguishers, dodges an attempt by Colin Murphy to catch it in a wastepaper basket, and finishes with a victory lap around our class model of the Harbour Bridge.

Alfie picks up the robot and gives it a pat. ‘Great work, Alfie Junior! That was totally molten!’ He turns to me and grins like he’s just won a lifetime supply of chocolate. ‘See, Wednesday? I told you it was easy.’

I roll my eyes. ‘Alfie, you know I love you, right?’

And before you start, I don’t mean it like that. Obviously.

Alfie knows what I mean. ‘Of course, you do,’ he says, spreading his arms wide. His white school shirt is buttoned all the way to the top, he has a hankie folded in his top pocket, and his black hair sticks up like the bristles on a brush. ‘What’s not to love?’

Alfie’s my best friend – okay, technically my only friend – and I know it’s not his fault he’s a genius. But sometimes – especially times like now, when my whole future is on the line and I’m trying to concentrate – I wish he could dial it back a little. That’s all. You know, just a smidge.

I just don’t know how to tell him without coming across like a total grouch.

I let out a sigh. ‘Never mind.’

I look down at my own blue robot, sitting motionless on the carpet. Apart from the colour, it’s identical to Alfie Junior – like a rectangular grapefruit with eyes and four-wheel-drive tyres. I know I’ll never be able to get my robot to perform like Alfie’s, but that’s okay. I don’t need it to do anything fancy. All I need to do is get it through the maze. Or, at least, past the second corner. Mrs Glock told us everyone who gets past the second corner will pass the assessment.

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Synopsis

A seriously smart and funny new series about a reluctant sorcerer's apprentice who would rather study science than magic, which asks the question: In a world of magic, can science save the day? Perfect for fans of NevermoorArtemis Fowl and The Witching Hours. In a world of magic, can science save the day? Wednesday Weeks never wanted to be a sorcerer's apprentice. She'd rather study science than magic. But when her cloak-wearing, staff-wielding grandpa is captured by a power-hungry goblin king, Wednesday must find a way to embrace her magical heritage and rescue him from the dreaded Tower of Shadows. Luckily, she's not alone. Her best friend Alfie is a prime-number fan and robotics expert who's all-in on Wednesday's epic plan involving parallel universes, swords of power, and a wise-cracking talking skull. But it's going to take more than science, magic, and the world's cutest robot to take down this bad guy. Because the goblin king is playing for the ultimate prize - and Wednesday and Alfie just walked into his trap...
Denis Knight
About the author

Denis Knight

Science fiction and fantasy author Denis Knight is a computer programmer who grew up geeking out about the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. He has also worked as a technical writer, a delivery boy, a tutor, and, for one glorious summer, a tour guide on Rottnest Island. His favourite foods are lasagna and donuts, and his favourite Arnie movie is Eraser. He knows how to ride a motorbike and use a chainsaw, although not both at the same time. He lives in Western Australia with his wife, his two children, and his extensive collection of The X-Files DVDs. He has never been stalked by a laundry kraken, eaten by space wasps or abducted by aliens - as far as he knows.

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Cristy Burne
About the author

Cristy Burne

Cristy Burne grew up climbing trees, jumping drains, chasing cows and inventing stories. She has a passion for learning through doing and loves to inspire creativity, daring and resilience in her readers. Cristy is a children’s author and science writer with degrees in biotechnology and science communication. She has also worked as a science circus performer, garbage analyst, Santa’s pixie, and atom-smashing reporter.

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