Review Blog

Mar 16 2012

Hunted by Adam Slater

cover image

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

Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals 2018
National Book Award winners 2017
Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards 2017
YABBA Awards 2017
Teens' top 10
2017 Man Booker Prize
Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature 2017 winners
2017 Children's Peace Literature Award Short List
Inkys Awards 2017
2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award
2017 NSW Premier's History Awards
The Queensland Literary Awards 2017

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Bookmark and poster templates