The greatest Cornish superhero story ever told!
"I can honestly say that I was so scared I thought my legs had fallen off with fear. That thing was just too big, too close and too repulsive. And the smell...
I'm Jack - a farmer's son from Cornwall. Not one of those huge rich farms, just a small one. Me, my brother and sister always had to help - mucking out the cowsheds, getting in the hay - that kind of thing.
I can be a bit of a dreamer; I'm into comic books, myths and legends, hero stuff and sci-fi. And of course Star Wars (I do a pretty good Lightsaber impression).
Anyway, like a lot of things, the reality of what's happened to me was a whole lot different to the stories. I was tricked into it and next thing I know, there's a bloody great giant standing in front of me.
That's when it all changed."
As well as frenetic action and the humour of every-day life, The Balaclava Boy tackles themes such as bullying, the ridiculousness of the tabloid media, and bad smells.
Self-published through Matador
Winner - Books for Young People, Holyer an Gof Trophy 2009