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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Series: Hunter Moran
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (August 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823428591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823428595
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,480,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 4-6–In this madcap mystery, Hunter and his twin, Zack, try to save their five-year-old brother from being kidnapped. It all begins when shakedown artist Sarah Yulefski demands $1.26 in exchange for a muddled account of what she overheard about the kidnapping of someone small enough to fit into a cage. The boys become convinced that the intended victim is Steadman. Who else of the family's six kids is that small and isn't always watched by their mother? The twins decide that the best vantage point to look out for kidnappers is in a tree, across the street from their house. The trouble is, they have other things on their minds as well. They haven't done any of their summer reading (school is four days away), they have a new sibling (whom they would like to call K.G. for Killer Godzilla), the school is getting a new principal, a pet gymnastics competition is taking place at the health club, and their dog seems to be missing. Does all this seem like a lot? It is. Some seeds of great ideas are here, but they aren't given the time to grow into a fully fleshed-out and well-plotted story, and an unevenness in the narration leads to a problem in pacing. Better stories for the target audience include Graham Salisbury's “Calvin Coconut” series or Leonore Look's “Alvin Ho” books (both Random).–Stacy Dillon, LREI, New York Cityα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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It’s Doomsday (the beginning of school) minus four, and twins Hunter and Zack have just remembered they’re supposed to read and report on three books that have changed their lives. Then they learn from a classmate that their younger brother, Steadman, may be the target of a kidnapper. Although their source is annoyingly vague, the boys take her seriously. They construct a tree-house lookout and search for clues, noting suspicious strangers in an abandoned house, the neighborhood bully poking at something hairy in the pond, and a mysterious letter intended for their mother (who is in the hospital giving birth to sibling number seven). This sequel to Hunter Moran Saves the Universe (2012) combines mystery and farce in a wild-goose-chase romp that includes late-night rendezvous in Werewolf Woods, tumbles from classroom windows, and and skateboard rides down Suicide Hill. The characters are reminiscent of Hilary McKay’s Cassons, and readers will appreciate Giff’s gentle message that even exasperating relatives (including Fred, the family’s untrained pooch, who is kidnapped) are worth defending. Grades 4-6. --Kay Weisman

More About the Author

Patricia Reilly Giff is the author of many beloved books for children, including the Newbery Honor books, Lily's Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods. She lives in Trumbull, Connecticut.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Martin VINE VOICE on August 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Hunter and Zach Moran have all sorts of exciting adventures in the four days before they begin sixth grade. A friend overhears a kidnapping threat and the twins are busy trying to keep their five-year-old brother Steadman safe. Of course, their older sister Linny thinks she might be the victim. When the family dog Fred disappears the hunt picks up steam.

Could it be the strangers who have moved into the empty house across the street? Is it Linny's friend Becca who doesn't like Fred anyway? Why is the local bully Bradley hanging around the bottomless pond in the woods? What is going on at Gussie's Gym?

Other things are happening in this action-packed story too. Mom is getting ready to have baby number seven and all the kids have come up with names for the new arrival. And, worst of all, Hunter and Zach have put off their summer reading and now have just four days to read three books.

The story is filled with slapstick humor and middle grader logic. It is a quick read that will have middle graders trying to solve the mystery along with Hunter and Zach.
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By Beth H. on November 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Cross-posted on Tween Book Blog: [...]

Why I picked it up: It was another featured title at a vendor's booth at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Chicago this last summer.

Why I finished it: Giff, a two-time Newbery Honor Medalist, doesn't have a large body of work, but what she lacks in quantity she makes up for in quality. Her writing style is distinctive and her humor is second-to none in her follow-up to Hunter Moran Saves the Universe. Hunter and his brother would be enjoying the last days of summer (as most kids would), but there's far too much going on to remember that they were supposed to be reading three books for the start of school. And even though the source of the kidnapping information is unreliable at best, it seems like they'll do anything to keep from being around their siblings...and anything to keep someone from taking one of them away. It's a quick read that keeps the reader guessing and gathering clues to solve the mystery along with Hunter and Zack. Part mystery, part farce, and full of heart, Giff takes the reader on a wild goose chase that winds around several town landmarks and ends almost where it starts.
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