The Secret Signal

Hal Junior

Book 1
Bowman Press
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The Secret Signal is the first book in a thrilling new series by award-winning author, Simon Haynes.

No swearing and no adult concepts ... just good clean fun.

Ten-year-old Hal Junior lives with his mum and dad aboard a space station orbiting planet Gyris, along with a large crew of scientists and his best mate, Stephen "Stinky" Binn.

Hal's way smarter than the adults on board, but instead of flying spaceships or inventing killer robots, what do they have him doing? Chores!

Worse, someone thought it would be a great idea if Hal attended school!

Chores and homework. Could life get any duller?

Not today! Hal's class is set to tour a visiting spaceship. He's disappointed it doesn't have guns, missiles, torpedoes and space mines... but it's still an excursion!

Aboard the visiting ship, Hal uncovers a secret plot. A plot involving kidnappings, sabotage and more. He tries to warn the scientists aboard the space station he calls home — but as usual, nobody believes him!
Well, Hal's not giving up that easily.

He decides the only way to save everyone is to deal with the evil plotters himself — using a giant, home-made space cannon!


Keywords: funny books for boys 9-12, kids books for age 9 and up, scifi for kids, children's sci fi

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About the author

Australian author Simon Haynes is best known for the Hal Spacejock series, originally published by Fremantle Press and distributed by Penguin Australia. He was working on the fifth Spacejock title when he decided to write a science fiction series for younger readers.

The Hal Junior series is written in a similar style to the adult Hal Spacejock books, except the Hal Junior titles are shorter and feature a younger protagonist. In other words, most adults will enjoy these books too!

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Publisher
Bowman Press
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Published on
Oct 1, 2011
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Pages
200
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / General
Juvenile Fiction / Science Fiction
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Strange new planets, ancient civilisations, teleporters, killer robots, super computers, jet bikes and subterfuge galore!

Hal Spacejock’s cargo business is going so well he’s considering getting into passengers ... especially the beautiful and mysterious Sonya Polarov.
Meanwhile, Rex Curtis runs the galaxy’s biggest freight company, and he’s sick of independent pilots stealing his cargo jobs. He’s determined to make a statement by destroying the biggest nuisance of them all: Hal Spacejock. And all he has to do is ensure Hal’s latest cargo job ends in disaster.
Unaware of the threat and distracted by Sonya, Hal’s time-sensitive cargo sits aboard his ship while the deadline looms ever closer. If he doesn’t get a move on, the late fees will ruin him ... and cost him his life into the bargain.

Set in the distant future, where humanity spans the galaxy and robots are second-class citizens, Second Course is the second novel in the Hal Spacejock series.

This title is also available in Omnibus One, a collection of the first three Hal Spacejock novels. That's usually a better deal than buying the books individually.
 

Hal Spacejock novels are self-contained, with a beginning, a middle and a proper ending. They're not sequels, they don't end on a cliffhanger, and you could start or end your journey with any book in the series. (Some events from earlier books are referenced in later ones, so it makes sense to read them in order, but it's not essential.)

These comedy scifi novels are perfect for fans of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Doctor Who, Space Team, Space Police, and Red Dwarf.

Keywords: sci fi book, sci fi books, lost civilization, alien teleporter network, lost city, space books, robot books

A cunning rival determined to ruin Hal's business, a Peace Force officer facing a dangerous investigation and a planet with more bugs than a new operating system ... When Hal and Clunk set out to make a fresh start, this wasn't exactly what they had in mind.
Now Hal must choose: take on the rival to save his own business, or help the officer with her first - and possibly last - investigation? Whatever he decides, it's No Free Lunch for Hal Spacejock!

Set in the distant future, where humanity spans the galaxy and robots are second-class citizens, No Free Lunch is the fourth novel in the Hal Spacejock series. Book five, Baker's Dough, is also available.

Winner, Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation Award, 2008
One of five finalists in the 2008 Aurealis Awards Australia's Premier Speculative Fiction award
One of six finalists in the 2008 Ditmar Awards


Also available in Hal Spacejock Omnibus Two, along with books five and six in the series. This is usually the cheapest way to pick up all three novels.

Hal Spacejock novels are self-contained, with a beginning, a middle and a proper ending. They're not sequels, they don't end on a cliffhanger, and you could start or end your journey with any book in the series. (Some events from earlier books are referenced in later ones, so it makes sense to read them in order, but it's not essential.)

These comedy scifi novels are perfect for fans of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Doctor Who, Space Team, Space Police, and Red Dwarf.


Keywords:comedy scifi with robots


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In the wake of the dragon’s attack, Kyra is sent on an urgent quest: to cross Escalon and seek out her uncle in the mysterious Tower of Ur. The time has come for her to learn about who she is, who her mother is, and to train and develop her special powers. It will be a quest fraught with peril for a girl alone, Escalon filled with dangers from savage beasts and men alike—one that will require all of her strength to survive.

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