Dark Lord: The Teenage Years Award-winning

by Jamie Thomson (author) (UK edition)

Suitable for 9 - 10 years

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Winner of the 2012 Roald Dahl Funny Prize!

Thirteen-year-old schoolboy, Dirk Lloyd, has a dark secret – in fact he is a dark secret. Dirk – according to his own account – is the earthly incarnation of a Dark Lord, supreme ruler of the Darklands and leader of great armies of orcs and warriors, intent on destruction and bloody devastation. Following a colossal final battle between the forces of good and evil, the Dark Lord was defeated and hurled by his arch-foe’s spells into the Pit of Uttermost Despair. At the bottom of the Pit lies…a supermarket car park in the municipal town of Whiteshields, somewhere in modern day England. And when he is found, and tries to explain that he is the Dark Lord, people think he means Dirk Lloyd. The fact that he’s trapped in the puny body of a schoolboy doesn’t help. And so begins Dirk’s battle to recover his dignity, his power, and his lands… Along the way he faces the inconvenience of being fostered by a do-gooding family, the Purejoies; the torture of endless hours of drudgery at the Whiteshields Brainwashing Centre (aka school); a vengeful Headmaster; two interfering Psychotic Persecutors (psychotherapists); and constant laughter and disrespect when he attempts to marshall his lackeys and lickspittles (friends) to do what he wants them to.

Dirk makes friends with the son of his foster family, Christopher, and the local Goth Girl, Sooz, and together they attempt to cast a spell that will transport Dirk back to his homeland. Inevitably, not everything goes to plan… But that’s for book 2

Roald Dahl Prize winner, 2012.

Product Details

Catalogue number

5370 in Books and Resources for Schools Catalogue 2021/22

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9781408315118

Publisher

Orchard Books

Date published

February 9th, 2017

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.4; Middle years; 8.0 points

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New

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  1. AngelofDeath
    on 9 March 2014

    It’s a nice story, i found it interesting.

  2. lap312i
    on 5 March 2013

    i like the cover

  3. Book-Club-Review-Team
    on 18 October 2011

    This book is about a lord of another world who was falling from a cliff and when he landed, he landed on earth, although just not as himself.

    Instead he has turned into a human being, a boy. When two policeman find him lying in a car park they ask him what his name is, the dark lord says his name and the policeman think he says dirk lloyd.

    My favourite bits was when the dark lord thought that people were trying to torture him but actually they are doing human things.

    This book is as dark as Harry Potter. 4/5.

    Ben, age 11

    I found this book well written but the storyline didn’t catch me. For me it was too mystical and riddled with fairy tales but it should appeal to those who like Terry Pratchet. The plot was concerned with a 12-year-old boy who thinks he’s a dark lord from a magical realm, who is transported to earth by a wizard. The book is filled with references to what he did when he was a dark lord, which I found too random, and distracted me from the main story line, however I can see this book would appeal to those who like fantasy stories.

    George, age 12

    3out of 5