At first Hal thought Stinky’s brain had overloaded, but then he recognised the fire alram. Sirens shrieked, hazard lights lashed, and a panicky voice blared from hidden speakers.
‘Fire alert. Fire alert. Emergency personnel report to the E-section canteen. this is not a drill. I repeat, this is not a drill!’
Hal and Stinky staered at each other in horror. now they were really in for it!
When Hal starts a fire in the space station’s kitchen, he is in big trouble. Now he’s going to miss the school camping trip. Unless he can do soemthing to redeeem himself. If he can entertain an important visitor’s child, his paernts will reconsider. But Alex is not at all what Hal expects. For startes, she’s a girl, and then she’s simply not that impressed with what the space station has to offer. It might just be that keeping out trouble is even harder, with Alex arund.
Hal Junior: The Missing Case is the second title in the Hal Junior series, and efatures more humours sci-fi adventures. Hal is a typically cheeky, adveturous kid, living in a settign which is anywhere BUT typical – an ageing space station. He has to use his sharp wits, and a lot of luck, to keep himself out of trouble.
Hal Junior: The Missing Case will appeal to primary aged readers.
Hal Junior: The Missing Case, by Simon Haynes
Bowman Press, 2012
Available from good bookstores or online from Fishpond.
Hal Junior is always in trouble. He is late for school, doesn’t do his homework and tends to stick his nose in where it isn’t wanted. But he can’t seem to help himself – life on board the space station means there’s always interesting things to look at and explore.
Hal’s blood froze as realised the danger he was in. Stinky couldn’t hold on forever, and if Hal stayed in the chute much longer he was going to fall all the way to the bottom. ‘Don’t mess about. Pull me up!’
‘I can’t do it on my own. You’ll have to help.’
Hal Junior is always in trouble. He is late for school, doesn’t do his homework and tends to stick his nose in where it isn’t wanted. But he can’t seem to help himself – life on board the space station means there’s always interesting things to look at and explore. And Hal is always having crazy ideas – some of which might actually work. But when his whole class gets into trouble on an excursion Hal’s ingenuity might just be the thing that saves the day.
Hal Junior the Secret Signal is the first in a new series by the author of the Hal Spacejock series. Making use of the formula which has worked in the Spacejock series, author Simon Haynes aims to entertain a younger audience. And it works. There is lots of action, silliness, and a main character who is at times bumbling but, when it matters most, is also brave and inventive.
Haynes says he wants to fill a gap in providing science fiction stories to children. Hal Junior the Secret Signal is likely to appeal to readers aged from 8 to 10, and reluctant readers perhaps a little older.
Hal Junior the Secret Signal, by Simon Haynes
Bowman Press, 2011
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