A fabulously funny fantasy fiction novel for children aged 9 - 12
by Stuart and Linda Macfarlane
When three of Simon's classmates disappear and no one seems to notice, Simon thinks he may be going mad. He and a friend soon discover their missing friends, but, to the boys' horror, they have been turned to stone. Nearby they meet a girl, Melissa, who has snakes for hair. Only the boys' mirrored sunglasses save them from a similar fate. As the parallels to Greek mythology multiply, Simon uncovers the plot of a megalomaniac scientist who has discovered a blend of ancient magic and modern science that alters the DNA of humans and animals, turning them into mythical creatures. It is up to Simon and his pals to save Melissa's island home— and the world—from the schemes of Doctor X. Sirens, Nymphs, hydras, Cyclops, and a colorful cast of modern mythological creatures are given a quirky contemporary twist in this exciting and entertaining tale.
A Simon lay deep in thought. “Either I’m going crazy or everyone else is, and, as there’s less chance of everyone else going crazy all at the same time, it must be me.”This was a very unpleasant thought. Then he had another thought. Not a thought that was more pleasant—just a different thought. He remembered the photo he’d taken of Chris and Ross at the zoo a few days earlier. He jumped out of bed and yanked open his bedside cabinet. There it was lying safely under a pile of used tissues and bits of bubble gum that, although well chewed, hadn’t completely lost their flavor. Simon snatched up the photo. To his great relief Chris was there. He wasn’t going crazy. Now he had proof that his friend really did exist. But, as Simon stared in disbelief, the photo began to change.
“No!” cried Simon. “Oh no!”
The image of Chris faded. Within a few seconds only Ross and the three monkeys remained. Chris was gone!