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William Wenton and the Secret Portal

Written by Bobbie Peers

Part of the William Wenton Series

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William Wenton and the Secret Portal Review

Adventure Stories Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks

In a nutshell: code-breaking child genius versus villainous robots

William Wenton is something of a bionic boy; half of his body is a hi-tech metal called luridium, and this gives him special mental powers. But something – or someone – is interfering with it, causing him all sort of problems and putting his life in danger.  He’s recalled to the mysterious Institute for Post-Human Research, but quickly discovers he’s not save there either. It seems even his old friends aren’t to be trusted, and there are some very ruthless people out to get him. Technology, intrigue and double-double crossings make this a thrilling adventure for fans of Alex Rider, and it all comes to a terrific climax on the snowy mountains of the Himalayas. 

Andrea Reece

William Wenton and the Secret Portal Synopsis

The second book in the gripping fantasy-adventure series, packed with code-breaking, cyber-technology and a boy hero with a supernatural destiny. Twelve year-old genius William Wenton is still getting used to his extraordinary talent for cracking codes, but when an ancient artefact mysteriously disappears from the Depository for Impossible Archaeology, William must gear up for his most dangerous adventure yet - against an enemy hell-bent on unleashing an ancient portal of untold power. From Norway, to England and then to the dizzying heights of the Himalayas, this race-against-time adventure will push this young hero's skills to the limit.

William Wenton and the Secret Portal Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were lucky enough to read and review the first in this series, William Wenton and the Luridium Thief. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Toby Little, age 9 - 'It is a really proper good storyline, and I just couldn’t put it down! I can’t wait to read Bobbie Peers’ next book!'    
  • Sam Harper, age 12 - 'A fast paced adventure packed full of amazing gadgets, twists, turns and excitement. A great read!'
  • Harsh Budhdeo, age 9 - 'The book opens a whole new world to science, fiction and coding. Very interesting once I got into it. Cool book!'    
  • Alexander Bisland age 11 - 'I really enjoyed this book and it’s definitely one of the best books I have ever read. I recommend it to 9+ Alex Rider fans. I loved this book and give it 12/10.'
  • Alex Sergeant, aged 11 - 'I thoroughly enjoyed this book with its intriguing mysteries and fast-paced storyline. I liked the fact that that it had an original take on robots and sci-fi fantasy and combined humour and adventure very well.'
  • Jack Smith, age 12 - 'This book is full of adventure, codes and cryptography and I couldn't put it down!'
  • Alex Hall, age 11 - 'William Wenton is an ordinary boy or so he thinks.  He is called upon to solve ancient codes....I couldn't put this book down, it was an original plot & was full of excitement and adventure.'
  • Oliver Thorpe, age 11 - 'William Wenton and the Luridium Thief is a smashing book about a young master code-breaker who has to save his grandfather and defeat the evil possessed man who is after him.  This is a great read!'
  • Sue Wilsher, Teacher - 'A very enjoyable read, this is a story packed full of excitement and adventure with the reader kept wondering who William can trust right to the very end. I look forward to reading more about him!'
  • Emily Lonsdale, age 11 - 'William Wenton is a smashing read for adventure lovers and those who like a bit of a mystery. This is one of those books which is begging for a sequel.'
  • Llew Harrison, age 10 - 'I read late into the night and early in the morning. I couldn't put it down, everything is a cliff hanger. It's E.P.I.C. It is absolutely packed full of suspense, action and comedy.'
  • Daniel Maxwell, age 11 - 'William Wenton and the Luridium Thief is an enjoyable book that could be for any ages between 7 and 12. It is a suitable book for children who like fantasy and adventure.'  
  • Edward Bailey, age 12 - 'A great book with the remains of possible second story. I could recommend it all day long!'
  • Emily Yates - 'William Wenton and the Luridium Thief is a mysterious, spine-tingling book, full of adventure and exciting technology. It is a mixture of Alex Rider and Harry Potter, the recipe for a great book.'

William Wenton and the Secret Portal Press Reviews

"William Wenton cracks the code for great adventure. Mystery, action, a great hero and fantastic robots – what more could you ask for?" Shane Hegarty, author of Darkmouth

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ISBN: 9781406371710
Publication date: 03/05/2018
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406371710
Publication date: 3rd May 2018
Author: Bobbie Peers
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Bobbie Peers

Bobbie Peers made his mark on Norwegian film history when he won a Palme d'Or in 2006 for Sniffer, written and directed by Peers himself. The award became the first of many milestones in the London International Film School graduate's career as a director and film writer. William Wenton and the Luridium Thief is the first book in the William Wenton series. Read more about the author here.

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