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Simon Haynes is the author of eight Hal Spacejock novels, three Harriet Walsh novels, three Hal Junior middle-grade novels, a number of articles on writing and publishing, and several short stories.
He's also written a book on fiction-writing, titled How to Write a Novel, and is currently working on A Portion of Dragon and Chips, book one in a brand new fantasy comedy series.
Born in the UK and raised in the south of Spain, Simon emigrated to Australia with his family in 1983.
S J MacDonald
on Oct. 01, 2011 :
The story is set on a space station which felt realistic and industrial.
The story zips along with lots of laughs, mysteries and adventure. It’s like Dennis the Menace in space, great fun!
Hal Junior is great as the hero. I howled with laughter at his chemistry homework. Stinky Binn is good as the nerdy genius sidekick. The villains are suitably cartoony. I enjoyed the Teacher robot, too.
I liked the cartoon cover of this book and loved the illustrations. They worked well even on kindle and added a new dimension of humour to the story. It’s just the right length for younger readers.
I bought a kindle copy of this book because I’d enjoyed the “Hal Spacejock” story so much. I liked The Secret Signal so much that I’ve bought a paperpack version of it too for our class library. I had to buy it on the Amazon US site and pay shipping to the UK, but I know that the kids in my class will just love this. It doesn’t come any more highly recommended than that!
(reviewed the day of purchase)