Ben Robinson has always had the box. It is no ordinary box. It contains some rather unusual occupants – three mischievous demons – Orff, Kartofel and Djinn. Orff is smelly and moans; Kartofel is destructive; and Djinn eats everything in sight. Ben had fun with the demons when he was young, but now he’s older the demons are starting to cause problems. He would love to get rid of them but does not know how.
Life is not going very well for Ben. He lives with his grandparents because his mother has been committed to Drylands Hall Hospital. Ben also feels like an outsider at school and to make matters worse, he is being bullied by three girls – the Furies. On top of all this, the box and its occupants often get him into trouble. Ben is really fed up, so one day he tries to throw the box away in the sea. However, it is brought back to him by a strange dog-like creature. This is when things start to get very weird.
Later that day, he is visited by an angel who tells him that everything can change for the better, but he has to get rid of the box of demons …
The angel tells him that he can get rid of the demons if he sends the box back to hell. Ben thinks that this will solve all his problems and make life much easier. However, this is not the case. Ben’s misguided actions unleash an Apocalypse. It is a monumental battle between good and evil – but who is on the side of the humans? Ben may be the only person who can prevent the end of the world.
This is a fun and exciting book that uses a great deal of humour to pose some intriguing questions about the meaning of existence. Ben is a delightful and empathetic hero who faces the unimaginable with great bravery. He is accompanied on his journey by a range of interesting and diverse characters who make this a great read for both boys and girls.