How I Saved the World in a Week by Polly Ho-Yen


Bookseller Review by Julie:

As the narrator of this gripping, compelling story , Billy takes you along with him, through all the ups and downs of his life, on a race against time to save the day!  An unlikely super hero but when disaster threatens, he rises to the challenge…….how can he take on such a massive task and win? Billy is a likeable character who you’ll find yourself really rooting for ……..themes of sharing ideas, making new friends, working together and being brave and resourceful run through this exciting story!


An action packed and exhilarating story from the very first page! Billy’s mum has always taught him that Rule Number One: Always be prepared… When people start to become infected with a strange and deadly virus that turns their skin grey, Billy realises that his mum was preparing him for this – not just to save his family, but to save the whole world… I would recommend this book for ages 10+. By: Charlotte (age 14). Rating: 4/5.


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Rule number one: Always be prepared . . .
Billy’s mum isn’t like other mums. All she wants is to teach him the Rules of Survival – how to make fire, build shelter and find food. She likes to test Billy on the rules until one day she goes too far, and Billy is sent to live with a dad he barely knows.
Then the world changes forever as people begin to be infected with a mysterious virus that turns their skin grey. As chaos breaks out, Billy has to flee the city. Suddenly he realises that this is what his mum was preparing him for – not just to save his family, but to save the whole world.
‘A fabulous page-turner’ – Abi Elphinstone, author of Sky Song
‘A compelling and timely survivalist journey’ – Sita Brahmachari, author of Where the River Runs Gold
‘A brave and powerful story’ – Jasbinder Bilan, author of Asha & the Spirit Birdc