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The Infinite

(The first book in the Leap Cycle series)
A novel by

'Vivid, funny, exciting and inventive' Philip Pullman
'Has a magic all of its own' Bernardine Evaristo
'What an inspiration. The future just got so much better' Benjamin Zephaniah


Leaplings, children born on the 29th of February, are very rare. Rarer still are Leaplings with The Gift – the ability to leap through time. Elle Bíbi-Imbelé Ifíè has The Gift, but she’s never used it. Until now.

On her twelfth birthday, Elle and her best friend Big Ben travel to the Time Squad Centre in 2048. Elle has received a mysterious warning from the future. Other Leaplings are disappearing in time – and not everyone at the centre can be trusted.

Soon Elle’s adventure becomes more than a race through time. It’s a race against time. She must fight to save the world as she knows it – before it ceases to exist . . .

Genre: Children's Fiction

Praise for this book

"A fascinating, original and smart adventure tale with a rhythmic prose style that leaps off the page into scintillating life. It has a magic all of its own." - Bernardine Evaristo

"Fans of Hayley Long's Sophie Someone will love this imaginative time-travelling caper which follows 12 year-old Leaping Elle. A nail-biting adventure!" - Julia Forster

"Astonishing ... I can't stop thinking about it, everyone should read it. It's rich and diverse and just brilliant." - Fleur Hitchcock

"The Infinite is vivid, funny, exciting and inventive. But there are books that are all those things and still don't work. This works brilliantly, and the characters are so delightful that I don't think anyone could fail to like them. I was so fond of Elle and Big Ben that I'd have followed them anywhere. Patience Agbabi has created something fresh and original here, and I look forward very much to what she writes next." - Philip Pullman

"Exactly as brilliant as I thought it would be. An exciting, bold, witty and magical book." - Katherine Rundell

"The Infinite is so adventurous that it lit up parts of my brain I didn't know I had. Patience Agbabi has caused a wonderful supernova deep in the literary universe . . . Elle is curious, questioning and fearless. What an inspiration. The future just got so much better." - Benjamin Zephaniah

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