Speedy McCready by Debbie Roxburgh

Light-hearted children's book looking at how families might have to create their own electricity when the National Grid starts to fail.

A light-hearted children's book which considers a world where families create their own electricity by using government- issued exercise bikes and treadmills. An hour on the bike buys you time to watch your favourite television programme or play on the XBox.

Ten-year-old Dillon invents a way or harnessing the energy created by his pet hamster, Speedy McCready, as he runs in his exercise wheel. His idea wins a national science competition making him a national hero. He even gets to meet the Queen and the Prime Minister.

  • Classification: Universal
  • Work is: Fully available on Authonomy
  • First submitted April 14, 2012
  • Last updated April 14, 2012
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  • HarperCollins's avatar
    HarperCollins wrote 1 year, 10 months ago
    After a shock announcement that the National Grid can no longer support ‘luxury’ uses of wired electricity such as TV’s and games consoles, 10-year-old Dillon McCready is not happy about having to exercise for his power. Using his interest in science, he comes up with the idea of getting a helping hand from a hamster. Dillon builds a brand new type of connector to harvest the energy that Speedy McCready his new pet hamster generates from his running wheel. With ...
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    philthomas wrote 1 year, 10 months ago

    Hi Debbie what a review one of the best I have seen if you take note of what the review says and act accordingly you will have a best seller I wish you all the best with speedy Phil Thomas SHAME.

  • Max China's avatar
    Max China wrote 2 years, 5 months ago
    Hi Debbie, Never put off 'til tomorrrow what you can do today. So, here I am reading a little of Speedy... Beautifully written for the benefit of children, it is an enchanting and entertaining tale that will delight children of all age groups, from the very young right through to young teens - if they would but admit it - and of course the parents of children who find themselves reading Speedy as a bedtime story for the little ones ...
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    singfam wrote 2 years, 5 months ago

    Congratulatiosn! :-) good luck with the review! You'll do great! :-)

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    Tottie Limejuice wrote 2 years, 5 months ago
    Hmmmm, I settled down on a rainy afternoon to read the first couple of chapters of Speedy McCready. Got thoroughly engrossed, so promised myself another couple. Then another. And now here we are, I seem to have read the whole thing and loved every minute of it. I love its rather quirky eccentricity It is terribly British, makes me wonder if it would be widely received in its present form and it's so delicious it would be a crime to ...
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    Eftborin wrote 2 years, 5 months ago

    I had to return and read the first few chapters again. Even the second time around, laughter tears are flowing. Worse than the first time; I'm visualising the royal family on their bikes/treadmills along side the corgis. Brilliant and deserves to be published.

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    peeps wrote 2 years, 5 months ago

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading your book Debbie, it's a joy to read, well done. High Stars and bookshelf for you - very best of luck. Peeps x

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    I.L.Books. wrote 2 years, 5 months ago

    I read chapter 1 and it seems to flow well, it also captivates the imagination which for children, is a must. This should get to number 1 easy.

    High Stars


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    Roto wrote 2 years, 5 months ago

    I have read a handful of chapters and love this book. It feels homely, innocent, full of good clean humor and I love it!

    You have my backing and highest stars!

    Well done Debbie, all the best in reaching the desk:)

    Keep Running.

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    Roto wrote 2 years, 5 months ago
    Debbie, I love your book!!!!! I have only been able to read the first few chapters and have to go, but I have put it on my watchlist to come back to!! I laughed out loud at Mr. McCready asking incredulously if he would have to peddle to watch top gear or match of the day:) Love the hamsters involvement and I could really imagine children loving this story, as well as adults of course! Well done Debbie such a ...
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    Angelika Rust [Retired] wrote 2 years, 5 months ago
    Debbie, I've so far read the first ten chapters and will be back for more as soon as I can find the time. It's brilliant, delightful, charming, everything. Does the name Diana Wynne Jones ring any bell? I bet you two would have gotten along. I'm backing you, with all my little might. Hope you make it to the editor's desk this time. Just one little typo I saw in chapter 5: at one point, it says exercise patters instead ...
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    L_MC wrote 2 years, 5 months ago
    Hi Debbie, the title of this children's story has always appealed and finally got round to reading some of it tonight. I read the first ten chapters and I could see this being something I'd buy for my children and that they'd enjoy. Having chinchillas who love to keep the whole house awake running on their flying saucer wheel at night, they'd certainly appreciate Speedy's powers to generate electricity. It's topical, it's got a fun family dynamic, it's got the ...
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  • cnlumbat's avatar
    cnlumbat wrote 2 years, 5 months ago

    CHIRG Review of chapters 1-3

    Very polished and enjoyable! You've woven all the quintessential elements of a storytelling that capture children's interest into your book: fast-paced, fun characters, a dash of slap-stick, kids out-smarting grown-ups, light-hearted narrative, etc.

    I'm not surprised that you're in the top 5. Best of luck; I have no doubt HC, or another publishing company, will want Speedy for themselves.


    Daniel and the Sun Sword

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    John Lovell wrote 2 years, 5 months ago
    CHIRG Review of chapters 1-7 I first read Speedy when I joined the site, reflecting back I remember leaving a very small comment (noob mistake) and I'd actually not read many books before reading it so I'm not sure if I actually appreciated how great this actually is. The strengths are the lively high pace of the story, the colourful characters and the language you use. At no point does it feel like you're insulting a child's intelligence which for ...
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    CJBowness [Retired] wrote 2 years, 5 months ago

    I just saw your message to someone else. I did take your book off my bookshelf - to make way for others - and I thought you didn't need it to stay there now you're so high. But, having seen your remark, I have reinstated it because it's brilliant.
    CJ Bowness
    The Accidental Adventurers

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    bjack wrote 2 years, 5 months ago
    Debbie: Speedy is a great read! You draw the reader in with the little one in chapter 1 who's eager to prove his genius. You prove yours by exciting the reader with a plot with just the right amount of realism, and creative problem solving. It reminds me of competitions we used to do with kids at a magnet school where I taught: Odyssey of the Mind and Future Problem Solving. You've engaged me as a reader, entertained me, and ...
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    Gwyndrid Morgan [Retired] wrote 2 years, 5 months ago

    Love it, love it. Up to chapter six and will be back. My children will enjoy it, will read some of it to them. We have a hamster called Buster who spends a lot of time racing around on his wheel.
    High stars and will put you on my book shelf very soon. (although it does not look like you need my help yet)

    Now where did put that battery and jump leads? BUSTER...

  • Alan Barbara's avatar
    Alan Barbara wrote 2 years, 5 months ago
    CHIRG Hi. The idea is a gret one and I’m sure children would enjoy reading this. I liked the characters and the way you paused the story to give an amusing detail - Dad wanting to sit on a cushion when he's sitting in the garden chair etc. I felt that some of the dialect from Grace was quite grown up as she is only 8 and I wondered what made Speedy suddenly like Augusta. In chapter 13, he’s not ...
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    CJBowness [Retired] wrote 2 years, 5 months ago

    This is utterly delightful! Brilliantly written - I found myself happily smiling as I read it. I'm not at all surprised it's doing so well. Congratulations.

    I have put it on my bookshelf to continue reading later and given it lots of stars.

    CJ Bowness
    The Accidental Adventurers