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SkyWake: Invasion

Written by Jamie Russell

Part of the SkyWake Series

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SkyWake: Invasion Review

Adventure Stories Debuts of the Month Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Science Fiction

A girl’s teamwork and leadership skills are tested to the max when aliens infiltrate a gaming tournament

July 2021 Debut of the Month

Set in the world of gaming, Jamie Russell’s SkyWake Invasion is packed with peril, quips and gaming blips that turn out to have real-life repercussions.


Fifteen-year-old gamer Casey is a whizz at the SkyWake computer game and leads an online team. When invited to play at a live tournament in London she’s forced to come clean being a girl. With her adorable younger brother Pete in tow (he’s also a keen gamer), she disproves prejudice against girl gamers in the most unlikely and terrifying of circumstances when it turns out that SkyWake is far more than a game. It is, in fact, a training scheme for evil aliens looking to recruit top gamers to fight in a war. Worse still, they’ve captured Pete, and Casey must muster all her leadership and gaming skills to save him.


Interwoven to the action-packed alien adventure are themes of friendship, teamwork and proving prejudice wrong, and a narrative that skips back to scenes of Casey with her deceased dad, a bomb disposal expert who had a passion for arcade games. All of which means the funny, fast-paced tale has emotional resonance. Ending on a heart-pounding cliff-hanger, the stage is set for what promises to be an epic second instalment of the SkyWake trilogy.

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SkyWake: Invasion Synopsis

Fifteen-year-old girl gamer Casey Henderson is obsessed with smash-hit game SkyWake - and she's good at it, too. Little does she realize it's actually an alien training tool created by an evil extra-terrestrial race. When the aliens swoop down on a national gaming tournament, Casey and her teammates discover they're abducting the best gamers to fight in a distant alien war across the galaxy. And they've got her brother. Casey's gaming skills are her best hope of stopping the aliens - but first she and her online teammates must learn to work together in real life...

SkyWake: Invasion Press Reviews

First in a gripping and original sci-fi trilogy, pitched for fans of Rick Riordan and Suzanne Collins. - The Bookseller

I couldn't put it down. Magnificent!  Liz Hyder

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ISBN: 9781406397512
Publication date: 01/07/2021
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406397512
Publication date: 1st July 2021
Author: Jamie Russell
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Science Fiction
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month
Collections: Summer Reading 2021,

About Jamie Russell

Jamie Russell is a former contributing editor of Total Film magazine turned screenwriter and author. He has written several non-fiction books, including Book of the Dead: The Complete History of Zombie Cinema and Generation Xbox: How Videogames Invaded Hollywood. SkyWake: Invasion is the first in a planned trilogy and is Jamie's first book for children.

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