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Harvey Drew and The Bin Men From Outer Space

Cas Lester
"A really rubbish adventure... in outer space"
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A really rubbish adventure… in outer space

Harvey Drew is an ordinary eleven-year-old who dreams of great adventures in outer space. The Toxic Spew is an intergalactic waste disposal ship. The two are on a collision course for chaos!

After Harvey unwittingly responds to an alien signal, he is transported to the flight deck of The Toxic Spew by the ship’s bad-tempered computer, who promptly loses his return address. Even though none of the crew have even heard of Earth, let alone met an Earthling, Harvey becomes Captain of the stroppy, pizza-obsessed, brave (but grubby) crew, and almost immediately has to save them from poisonous pink maggots, dangerous exploding space-rubbish and a multiple spaceship pile-up on Hyperspaceway B16. Luckily, leading his rabble crew out of danger isn’t so different from captaining his football team, and it turns out Harvey is just the boy to save the day!

Publication Date: Thu 6 Mar 2014
ISBN Paperback: 9781471402234
ISBN Ebook: 9781471402241

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Cas Lester

Cas spent many years having a fabulous time, and a great deal of fun, working in children's television drama with CBBC. She developed and executive produced lots of programmes including JACKANORY, MUDDLE EARTH, THE MAGICIAN OF SAMARKAND, BIG KIDS and THE STORY OF TRACY BEAKER.

Now Cas writes books for children (the HARVEY DREW series; WILFRED THE UNWISE), helps out in a primary school library (where she is Patron of Reading) and looks after her family full-time. She has four children, a daft dog called Bramble and she lives in Oxfordshire. Follow Cas on Twitter: @TheCasInTheCat

Extract

Harvey left the Alien Alert App on and settled down to play Space Quest Android Attack 4. He brushed his curly red hair off his forehead, and his green eyes narrowed and fixed on the screen. He reckoned he'd have time to complete the next level, fly his spacecraft through the meteor storm, battle an entire fleet of evil aliens trying to take over the universe, and save his ship and crew from total destruction before it was time to go to football training. As it turned out, he didn't. He was just blowing up the last few battle androids when there was a soft bleep and the Alien Alert App icon flashed. Then two words appeared on the screen: INCOMING MESSAGE. What? thought Harvey sitting bolt upright. And then again: What?! He couldn't believe it. It must be a mistake. But the Alien Alert App icon was definitely flashing. With trembling fingers he clicked on it . . . And a message appeared on the screen: From: ...... To: ............ [Actually, it was quite a long message and since you probably can't understand it any more than Harvey could, I've only put some of it here.] Harvey stared at the symbols trying to make out what they meant. No chance. He scrolled down to the end of the message. But there were no clues there either. He had absolutely no idea what it said. What should he do? This must be the first message anyone on Earth had ever got from aliens. This was a mega important moment for mankind! It was obviously far too important to ignore it. He had to reply. But what on Earth should he say? He wanted to put something brilliant that people would always remember. You know, like when Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the Moon and said: 'That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.' He thought hard and then he typed: 'hello? is there anybody out there?'