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Planet Hell

Planet Hell

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Planet Hell

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Sep 13, 2012


Sam is one of the Miners who live on Planet Hell, digging ore to power the Earth. It's a nightmarish underground life. Going to the surface means death. Nothing can live there. And then one day, Sam finds a note from the Surface, and learns that everything in his life is a lie.

A thought-provoking sci-fi story.

Highly readable, exciting books that take the struggle out of reading, Wired Up Connect encourages and supports reading practice by providing gripping, age-appropriate stories for struggling and reluctant readers, or those with English as an additional language, aged 9+, at a manageable length (96 pages) and reading level (8+). Produced in association with reading experts at CatchUp, a charity which aims to address underachievement caused by literacy and numeracy difficulties.
Sep 13, 2012

Sobre el autor

Joan Lennon is a well-known writer of novels, poetry and short stories who has appeared all over the UK at book festivals, libraries and schools, where she gives talks and leads workshops for readers and writers of all ages. She has been a Hawthornden Fellow, the Jessie Kesson Fellow, a resident at the Chateau de Lavigny, and has received a Creative Scotland Writer's Bursary. Her most recent book is Silver Skin (BC Books, 2015).

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Planet Hell - Joan Lennon


Chapter 1

Dead End

It was dark in the tunnel. Dead dark. But Sam didn’t need to see. He knew every tunnel and cave in the Mine.

It was too bad the Gang chasing him did too.

Sam could hear the Gang getting closer. He covered his breathing mask with his hands and tried not to make a sound.

All the miners wore masks to keep the deadly Mine dust out of their lungs.

Nice work, kid, one of the Gang shouted. You’ve run into a dead end. There’s no way out.

You’ve been making trouble – again, shouted another voice. You’ve been asking too many questions.

We don’t like people who ask questions, called another man. We are going to teach you a lesson. You’ve had your last chance.

Somebody laughed. Cold sweat ran down Sam’s back.

Sam tried to think. He knew there must be a way into the air shaft from this tunnel. There should be a small opening covered by a metal grill. But where was it?

At last his fingers found the metal grill. The opening was tiny, but the air shaft on the other side would be big enough to crawl through.

You’re already in trouble, boy. Don’t make it worse, shouted a voice.

The Gang was right behind him now!

Sam ripped the grill out of the wall and jammed himself into the opening.

He pushed with his feet and pulled with his hands and finally managed to squeeze through the tiny hole.

They’re too big to get in here, Sam told himself.

But he

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