Bad Machinery: The Case of the Team Spirit – On Things Kids Are Not Supposed To See

Bad Machinery Volume 1: The Case of the Team SpiritBad Machinery Volume 1: The Case of the Team Spirit by John Allison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A girl gang of three that wants to do good, be bad and just survive (in that order). A boy club that loves football, secretly hates it and would like to investigate the misfortunes of a local team. Add some bullies, a bunch of ‘things that kids are not supposed to see or hear’, an old lady with a bad eye and nerves of steel and the kids have a mystery on their hands.

Initially I thought it was a collection of comic strips with individual gags about a set of characters. It was till about quarter way in that I realized a larger plot was developing. The humour is very young but also very smart. I loved the guide to British terms at the end. The characters are great, the jokes are funny and the story swings easily between surreal and classroom nostalgia. Very definitely worth a read.

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