HAL JUNIOR – The Secret Signal

Hal checked nobody was watching, then scooped up the earphones and placed them on his head.

“Tiger One…docking successful. The board is green. I repeat, the board is green.”

He could hardly believe it. He was listening to the pilot of a real spceship!

Hal Junior, The Secret Signal is the first book in new science fiction series for junior readers by Simon Haynes. It’s full of great characters, wacky humour and adventure.

With a and a best friend called Stephen ‘Stinky’ Binn and his own patented inventions, the reader knows right from the start that Hal Junior is not your average kid and his life is far from ordinary.

Hal Junior’s wild ride starts with a confrontation with a recycling chute and he is saved only by the electronics expertise of Stinky who reverses gravity in the chute.

Hal is a great character. He’s smart, funny and just a little bit naughty. Hal is a bit of a trouble magnet. He means well, but his wild schemes and crazy plans never turn out as expected.

His relationship with brainiac Stinky also provides great humour and they have complementary qualities that allow them to get out of some serious scrapes.

One of the things I liked about this book is the clever way Hal and Stinky use basic science principles. Readers will enjoy the futuristic space station setting which provides the perfect backdrop for adventure.

Written and illustrated by Simon Haynes, Hal Junior, The Secret Signal is dotted with quirky black and white pictures.

I can see this book appealing to kids who like fun, adventure and science fiction. There are a lot of sound effects written into the text that give the book a cinematic quality, adding something extra for reluctant readers.

Hal Junior, The Secret Signal is for readers aged 8-12.


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Dee White

Dee White lives with her husband and two sons in a small rural country town which has more kangaroos than people. She has worked as an advertising copywriter and journalist and has had numerous career changes because until recently, writing wasn’t considered to be a proper job. Letters to Leonardo, her first novel with Walker Books Australia, was published in 2009 to great critical acclaim.