Slugboy Saves the World

Mark A. Smith; Illustrated by Darren Gate

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  • Kelpies Prize winner Mark Smith introduces a host of larger-than-life characters in this hilarious Scottish superhero adventure
  • Features world-saving attempts in Edinburgh, Dundee, St Andrews and a host of other Scottish locations
  • Cover designed by the winner of the nationwide Kelpies Design & Illustration Prize

A grossly fabulous adventure set in the competitive world of superheroes.

198 x 130 mm
Floris Books
b/w illustrations
Age Range:
From 8 to 12 years
192 pages
Publication date:
20 Oct 2016


Thanks to an unfortunately tasty-looking radioactive garden slug, eleven-year-old Murdo McLeod is now the world's worst superhero. His two powers are pretty unique: the first is sliding up walls. Quite slowly. The second is secreting slippery slime from his skin. (Yes, just as disgusting as it sounds.)

In a Scotland full of awesome superheroes, Slugboy has a lot to prove. No one wants help fighting bad guys from someone with a horrible habit of (quite literally) messing things up. He's so underrated, in fact, that when an evil mastermind devises a plan to capture all the other superheroes, Slugboy isn't even on his list.

Now, Slugboy has to use his not-so-super and oh-so-gross abilities to free the other superheroes and save the world. Let's hope he doesn't slip up.


'Annotated with occasional cartoon words, ominious interludes, and bottom trumps bio pages with awesome or evil ratiings, this is bound to amuse and draw in fans of comic book characters. By the end you'll be rooting for Slugboy.'
-- School Librarian Association

'This was a funny book which was immediately appealing because of its cover. I liked the Scottish element; you don't find many stories set in Scotland, so that was pretty cool! The book was easy to read and I think other teenagers would enjoy it too.'
-- Teen Titles


Mark A. Smith was born in Dundee, where he works as a primary school teacher. He lives in Fife and spends most of his spare time reading comics and writing stories. He is highly competitive but has yet to find a sport he's actually good at. Slugboy Saves the World is his first novel.

Darren Gate is the 2016 winner of the Kelpies Design and Illustration Prize. He is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Glasgow.

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