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Huw Powell is the author of the exciting new book series Spacejackers (Bloomsbury). He’s also an active supporter of the National Literacy Trust’s Premier League Reading Stars and the Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge. Huw lives in Portishead with his wife and two energetic sons. When he’s not sat at his computer or delivering author events, he enjoys watching films, reading books and spending time with his family. If he were to give people one piece of advice, it would be: Never trust a space pirate!


Abandoned as a baby on the planet Remota, deep in the seventh solar system, Jake Cutler lives a sheltered life. But all that changes when his home is invaded by ruthless space pirates with just one target: him.

Soon Jake is on the run with a bounty hunter and the suspicious-looking crew of a spaceship called the Dark Horse. Forced to contend with zero-gravity, shipwrecks and black holes, Jake must discover the truth about his past before he is hunted down and caught. And as for the crew of the Dark Horse, could there be more to his new-found friends than meets the eye?

The action-packed first book in the Spacejackers trilogy is full of aliens, space monsters, gadgets, battleships – and one boy’s search for his destiny.

The programme offered an extremely useful insight into a fundamental part of being a children’s author.