Pollution has destroyed the Earth and the survivors have fled to the stars to find a new home. Luke Riley lives aboard the "Buzz Aldrin", commanded by his mother.
However, the "Buzz Aldrin" has lost contact with the other ships.
The first of the series, Crash Course, Luke accidentally releases a virus into the ship's mainframe and now it's hurtling towards a radioactive moon. Luke and his friends, Yasmin and Yuri, must stop the ship from crashing.
In Blast Off!, Luke goes on a class trip to a desolate planet to look at boring rocks. An alien being turns out to be a planetary defence system and decides the humans are a threat and must be wiped out!
Bug Wars sees alien bug warriors, impressed with Luke’s combat piloting skills, kidnapping Luke, Yasmin and Yuri. They want him to drop a mega bomb on their enemies, but Luke's flying skills are no more than his ability to play computer games well. Can he stop a war and get back to the "Buzz Aldrin" safely?
These books are part of the "Space School" series from father and son team, Tom and Tony Bradman. Each book is a self-contained story told in 64 pages. They are accompanied by black and white illustrations every couple of pages. The stories are told with simple vocabulary and at break-neck speed, making these books perfect for reluctant readers from age 8 upwards. Boys, in particular, will relate to Luke who would rather play computer games than do his schoolwork. He even gets to pilot his own spaceship! Every boy's dream!
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