The Boy Who Hit Play

Chloe Daykin

The sparse, beautiful prose will take your breath away – one boy’s extraordinary journey into the wilds of Norway.

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‘It’s time,’ I say. ‘For … It. Me. You. Us. The bench. The zoo. The question. Why?

The only thing that Elvis Crampton Lucas knows about where he’s from is that he was found on the bench at a zoo. And that his now father took him home in a Stetson hat, and named him after the first three vinyl he picked off his shelf. But now, on his twelfth ‘discovery day’, it’s time for Elvis to find out who left him at the zoo, and why?

On an epic adventure that takes Elvis to an island off the coast of Norway, he will finally discover the truth about his past…

Critic Reviews

Funny, life-affirming quest . . . Captivating and thought-provoking.

Critic Reviews

Filled with eccentric characters, this book reminds us to be ourselves.

Inis Children Books Ireland
Critic Reviews

‘Young Elvis Crampton, abandoned as a baby, sets off on a trip to Norway in order to learn the truth about his parentage. Although there are moments of whimsy and absurdity, this is a earthy, engrossing story about family, friendship and hope.’

James Lovegrove, FT BOOKS OF THE YEAR
Critic Reviews

The pleasure of this book lies in the easy confidence with which Daykin inhabits her child narrator's mind.

The Telegraph
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Hilarious, fast-moving adventure, with a likeable, original protagonist.


An artist, designer, award-winning playwright and teacher, Chloe Daykin lives in Northumberland. Her debut, Fish Boy, won the Northern Writers Award, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award and was published to huge critical acclaim. This is her third for middle grade readers.

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