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As a baby, Jake Cutler was separated from his family and left on the planet Remota, deep in the seventh solar system. Eleven years later and Jake isn't like other boys-he has purple eyes and carries a secret within himself that could change the entire universe.

When Remota is attacked by ruthless space pirates on the hunt for Jake, he manages to escape. But now he's on the
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 16th 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published July 3rd 2014)
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Jun 16, 2015 Katherine rated it really liked it
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One night, the monastery is attacked by space pirates looking for Jake, and his only hope of escape is to leave the planet with a charismatic treasure seeker. Jake is finally getting the adventure he always wanted, but he quickly discovers he should be careful what he wishes for. Along the way, Jake teams up with a ragtag crew of space pirates and faces several challenges on his quest to unlock the secrets of his past.

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Joanne Hall
Jake Cutler has been raised by cyber-monks on the planet of Remota since the night a mysterious stranger brought him to their monastery eleven years ago. But when the monastery is attacked and burned to the ground, he is forced to go on the run with a treasure hunter and the crew of the Dark Horse, a rusty old space freighter captained by Granny Leatherhead. The only clue to Jake’s past is a mysterious crystal amulet he has always worn, that may lead him to a planet of fabulous wealth, or deeper ...more
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Jake Cutler has been raised by techno-monks since a mysterious stranger brought him to them as a baby. When he is 13, the monks are attacked by space pirates, and Jake escapes offworld with a crew of colorful characters who eventually help him find out about his past.
This book was derivative and predictable. The plot is straight Star Wars with a dash of pirate movies thrown in. Jake ends up with pirates who are all stock characters, and Jake himself is, of course, the heir to a planet, and the
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Jul 31, 2016 The Library Lady rated it really liked it
One reviewer here described this as being derivative of Star Wars. Well, I've got news for that reviewer. Star Wars itself was derivative, harkening back to Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers and other earlier science fiction movies, and a thousand books.

For an example of something that is truly bordering on plagiarism, I suggest the "Eragon" series. They
are a blatant rip off of Star Wars, mixed with a little Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. And badly written to boot!

But I digress. This book has all the things th
Julie Williams
Jul 03, 2015 Julie Williams rated it really liked it
Jake Cutler was abandoned on a planet when he was just a baby. He knows the story - their ship was hit by an asteroid, his father disappeared, and he was rescued but left at a monastery with just a necklace and a blanket. Now, 11 years later, space pirates have found him. They want him to find the location of his home planet with its crystal moons. But Jake doesn't remember anything so how can he help?

Lots of action in this book and good friendships develop. The ending was unexpected and leads
Jeff Raymond
It's difficult to pull off a good pirate book, I suppose, and "pirates in space" should probably be something that's an easy sell. A good concept, a great cover... and yet the book just falls flat. Frustratingly so. The book does what it says on the tin, and yet it's just a flat, rote story with a lot of familiar tropes that kids won't know but adult readers certainly will.

Combine that with a title that made my inner 14 year old giggle, and I think we can just let this one pass.
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Jul 31, 2014 Vincent Ripley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 09, 2016 Jack rated it did not like it
A boring book with little or no action, and a very disgusting end; A selfish boy chooses to discard his duty, just for mere pleasure. As I said before, disgusting. No integrity.
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Got the audiobook from the library for my son he loved it. Just finished the second book tonight
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HUW POWELL is a children’s author from North Somerset in the UK. Spacejackers is his middle-grade debut book series published by Bloomsbury and W F Howes in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The first novel was Literature Work's 'Book of the Month' in August 2014 and it was short-listed for Teach Primary's 'New Children's Fiction Award' in 2015. Huw is an active supporter of ...more
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