Aquila 2

Aquila 2 by Andrew Norriss

The sequel to Aquila, Winner of the Whitbread Children’s Book Award

“Aquila can you take you anywhere. It’s getting back that can be tricky . . . Tom and Geoff still can’t believe what they found on their school trip. Aquila is the lifepod from an alien starship that crashed to earth 6,000 years ago – but it still works, and it can fly them anywhere! After their trip to New York, the boys are eager for more fun, but with almost endless possibilities for excitement, will they be able to keep Aquila a secret for long? Or will a simple mistake reveal everything and ruin the fun forever?”
Andrew Norriss

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Aquila 2 is the continuing story of Tom and Geoff’s adventures in the lifepod from an alien starship which they discovered whilst on a school trip. This story opens in New York, with the boys discovering technological capabilities that they didn’t realise Aquila had. They struggle to keep Aquila a secret, but their new-found curiosity about geography and their improved school results starts to raise questions. Life is further complicated when Tom’s mum develops a serious relationship with Alan, whose decptively docile son turns out to be a genius who saves the day. Friendship is tested to the limit when Geoff tells someone else about Aquila, especially when the ‘someone else’ turns out to be a girl.

 As ever, Andrew Norriss combines humour and sci-fi adventure to produce an exciting narrative. But the reader also has to address contemporary and relevant issues about relationships, second families and the strength of friendship. I would recommend this book for the school and classroom library or to read aloud to any KS2 class. It should hold particular appeal to boys who love adventure stories and anyone who watched the TV series Aquila in the late 1990s.  Gill Robins English 4-11 Number 40, Autumn 2010


Aquila 2 by Andrew Norriss

Chapter 1

New York was very big.

Tom and Geoff had known that before they got there, of course, but, even so, when you actually saw it – when you were floating in the air three hundred feet above the waters of the Hudson, with the island of Manhattan directly in front of you, every inch of it sprouting buildings of an impossible size – it still took your breath away.

For several seconds, neither of them spoke.

‘Well . . .’ Geoff was the first to recover his voice, ‘we did it!’ He turned to his friend and grinned. ‘Well, you did!’

For the  whole of Aquila 2 chapter 1: click here to read, download & print.


  • Publisher: Puffin (1 July 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0141328533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141328539



One Response to “Aquila 2”

  1. Amy Says:

    I thought that was really amazing, like i was actually there. They are the best books. I shall certainly be getting the book.

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