Frankie Fish and The Sonic Suitcase

Peter Helliar, Lesley Vamos

Frankie Fish and The Sonic Suitcase
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Frankie Fish and The Sonic Suitcase

Peter Helliar, Lesley Vamos

Twelve-year-old Frankie Fish hates visiting his grandparents. Grandad Fish is cranky, and yells a lot, and has a creepy hook for a hand - plus he NEVER lets Frankie go inside his shed. But after a teensy tiny prank goes wrong at school, Frankie is packed off to Old-People Jail for the whole holidays. What Frankie doesn’t know is that Grandad has been building a home-made Time Machine in the Forbidden Shed, and the old man has big plans to get his missing hand back. But when Grandad goes back in time, he changes history and accidentally wipes out Frankie’s entire family - Nanna, Mum, Dad, even his annoying sister Saint Lou.

Somehow, everyone is gone but Frankie and Grandad! And it’s only a matter of time until Frankie disappears too…As the last Fish men standing, Frankie and Granddad must race back in time to undo this terrible mistake. But can they stand each other long enough to put the past back together again? And even if they manage the impossible - will Grandad’s wonky time-machine ever get them home?


Frankie Fish is forced to spend the holidays with his grandparents as punishment for a prank gone wrong. Nanna Fish is quite nice but Grandad Fish, a sour man with a hook for a hand, is the meanest man in the world. After a trip to Grandad’s forbidden shed goes wrong and Grandad Fish turns up with a hand where his hook should be, Frankie gets suspicious. Now Grandad and Frankie have to travel back in time to stop Frankie’s family disappearing forever.

The problem is Grandad Fish has virtually no experience in time travel! Neither has Frankie, but Frankie has watched enough Doctor Who to know better than to meddle with the past. Frankie Fish and the Sonic Suitcase is like a fun mini-episode of Doctor Who if the grumpy old man in Doctor Who was the companion instead of the Time Lord and the young kid unwillingly dragged along in the adventure was the smart one!

Dani Solomon is a children’s and YA specialist at Readings Kids.

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