By M.M. Vaughan

Age range: 11+; Book Band Y6/P7+; Dark Red A; Mastery

ISBN: 9781846883958

320 pages

RRP: £7.99 £6.39

When Parker Banks moves with his family from London to New York, he struggles to adapt to his new school and environment. His scientist dad is constantly at work on a top-secret technological venture for a major corporation, when one day he is kidnapped. It is up to Parker, along with his deaf sister Emma, their friend Michael and the pet pig their father left behind, to find and rescue him. They have at their disposal the E.F.E. device that their dad has invented to allow the family members to communicate with one another through telepathy.

As their search progresses, it becomes clear that SIX, the project that Parker’s father has been involved in against his will, is a sinister enterprise that poses a threat not only to the Banks family, but to the world at large.

Shortlisted for the Essex Book Awards and
Stockton Children’s Book of the Year Award
Read an interview with M.M. Vaughan here


  • A highly enjoyable and fast paced adventure that keeps the reader on their toes throughout

    The School Librarian

  • An unusual, exciting full-length novel with plenty of surprises

    Primary Times

  • A compelling plot with lots of twist and turns and revelations.

    Looking for Blue Sky

  • A fun book with likeable characters and an original premise.


  • Inventive, entertaining and thought-provoking

    Kirkus Review

  • The characters are excellent – credible and likeable; the story keeps the reader on tenterhooks, and there are plenty of sub-plots to keep interest alive and, I think, to offer scope for a sequel

    Parents in Touch

  • The perfect story for lovers of high-tech gizmos and scientific wizardry.

    The Library Girl and Book Boy

  • This action-packed science fiction novel is a page-turner.

    School Library Connection

  • This is such an exciting book!

    Reading Zone

M.M. Vaughan

The daughter of South American parents, Monica Meira Vaughan grew up in Spain before moving to London at the age of five, where she learnt English by watching Sesame Street and reading every Roald Dahl book she could get her hands on. She has over ten years’ experience as a teacher, working mostly with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Monica loves writing after midnight, building cardboard cities and collecting notebooks. She lives in London with her daughter and their cat “Toto From-Kansas”.

Read an interview with M.M. Vaughan here