The Institute of Fantastical Inventions

Be careful of what you wish for. Or not..


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By Dave Leys Illustrator: Shane Ogilvie
Format Paperback / softback
Page Extent 248
Book Size 19 x 130 x 200 mm (H x W x D)
Imprint Harbour Publishing
Release Date 1/08/2018
Subject Classification Children's & young adult fiction & true stories

For ages: 10+ years old

Leo McGuffin has the best job in the world. He works for the Institute of Fantastical Inventions making people’s fantasies come true. Want to float around the house like a bubble and pop at midnight? No problem. Have you secretly always wanted to be an astronaut but were too short, too round or had poor eyesight? Never fear, the IFI will make it happen. And though Leo is a talented scientist, his people skills leave a lot to be desired: witness his relationship with colleague, Dr Andrea Allsop.

When boy wonder Edward joins up with Leo, they help boring Roger Mumble become an international man of mystery. Then the pair uncover a dastardly plan to steal and sell the Institute’s array of magnificent inventions, threatening the very existence of the organisation Leo loves. Can Leo, Edward, Dr Andrea Allsop and the mysterious Roger Mumble outwit the spies and save the Institute from ruin?

Dave Leys

Dave Leys talents include being able to read and walk at the same time, only occasionally bumping into parked cars. While he can swim underwater sleekly like a dolphin his overwater swimming resembles a whale. He once baked a cake but please don’t ask him to do it again. His day job is as an English teacher—which isn’t anywhere near as glamorous as the above, although he does get to hang around kids all day!