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It’s one thing to kick your ball into next door’s garden. It’s something else to kick it all the way back to the Stone Age.
Eliot’s next door neighbour, Mr Lewis, is an old man who often stands at the window watching the world go by. Eliot and his family have recently moved and the first time Eliot meets Mr Lewis is to ask for his ball back. The old man’s house is empty. Dust marks on the shelves and patches on the wall show where things have once been but aren’t anymore. But something else is missing. Something which, Eliot can tell, makes the old man sad.
Moving house means moving school and trying to make new friends. But most of the kids – and some of the teachers – at Eliot’s new school are anything but friendly. When the school striker is injured, Eliot is told by Mr Wallop – the shouting P.E. teacher – that he must replace him in an important, upcoming match. The injured striker, who happens to be the school bully, warns Eliot against being good and tells him not to even touch the ball.
When a mysterious parcel is left on Eliot’s doorstep, he finds a football inside. Minutes later, while playing in the garden, he kicks the ball next door and, climbing through a hole in the fence to retrieve it, finds himself in a strange world. Searching for the ball in what appears to be a forest, he hears a growling and is soon being chased by a sabre-tooth tiger! Finding the ball, Eliot runs and dribbles away, but up ahead sees the tiger standing over a boy lying on the ground. The only thing Eliot can do is use his skills to save him. Will he succeed and save the boy? Or will the boy become the tiger’s dinner?
One thing is for sure.
If Eliot can beat a sabre-tooth tiger, he can take on a bully.