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  • Published: 28 May 2018
  • ISBN: 9780552576796
  • Imprint: Corgi Childrens
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $19.99

Only You Can Save Mankind

The first of Terry Pratchett's terrific fantasy novels starring Johnny Maxwell - now with a brand-new look from the much-loved Mark Beech

This is the first book in the Johnny Maxwell trilogy.
Johnny Maxwell is just an ordinary boy – not smart, popular or rich.
But he does love video games.

And as his parents argue themselves out of a marriage, Johnny plays at becoming humanity’s last hope, shooting invading aliens out of a pixelated sky.

Then comes a message from the last remaining alien spaceship: We Wish to Talk.

And suddenly Johnny is thrust into the very real world of the video game, and comes face to face with an alien race that needs his help.
Only Johnny can save them. And this isn't a game anymore . . .

  • Pub date: 28 May 2018
  • ISBN: 9780552576796
  • Imprint: Corgi Childrens
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he was the author of over fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. He died in March 2015.


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Praise for Only You Can Save Mankind

“An impressively original book with its thrills and spills, its inventiveness, its wit and continuous readability”

Daily Telegraph

“A wonderful new Pratchett-style fantasy: funny and thrilling enough for anyone who can read fluently”

Daily Mail

“Funny and exciting”


“Terry Pratchett's funny, fast-moving story makes provocative reading for all computer game players . . . Makes a serious point out of a ridiculously comic example”

Children's Books of the Year

“Everyone should read Terry Pratchett. Maybe it should be part of the National Curriculum?”


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