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Mar 16 2012

Hunted by Adam Slater

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The Shadowing series. Egmont, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-4052-5363-5.
(Age: 11+) Callum Scott is a Chime Child, which means due to the time of his birth he was born with the special abilities to see the supernatural. Up until recently this has been something that Callum has learnt to accept, until his powers as a chime child are eventually called into being with the arrival of 'the shadowing.' The Shadowing is when a gateway in the parallel netherworld opening allowing evil creatures to enter and terrorise the living world. Callum's responsibilities as a chime child are called into action when a series of unexplained gruesome murders of children occur in his Village. The hunter, Fetch, is the first of many creatures who have passed through the gap from the Netherworld and is hungry to hunt, murder and eat children. Meanwhile Callum is working though some bullying issues with other students at his school and develops a friendship with Melissa who knows lots about the supernatural. Callum also meets the spirit chime child Jacob and his ferocious dog Doom whom he soon realises is an ally. '
The Hunted is certainly fast pace with some chilling imagery, particularly of the creature Fetch's murders of children, which could potentially give younger readers nightmares. This in itself will make it attractive to upper primary and lower secondary male readers. It is bound to become a popular horror fantasy series.
Adam Fitzgerald

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