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The Night Is for Hunting [Kindle Edition]

John Marsden
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Book Description

Hell’s a big place, but it gets crowded when Ellie and her friends take an uncooperative crew of orphans under their wing and into their hidden refuge. It’s not easy to keep four young children busy and happy in the bush, and things only get worse when Ellie and Homer find evidence that mysterious visitors have discovered their sanctuary. Could it be a patrol of enemy soldiers sent on a search and destroy mission? They find out all too soon.
In a time and place where war robs your identity, makes you forget your past and fear your future, it seems impossible for Ellie to make sense of a world that is quickly falling apart. And after a peaceful food raid turns into a nightmarish fight for survival, escape back to Hell seems hopeless.
Ellie, Fi, Homer, Lee, and Kevin brave the worst in this electrifying continuation of their battle to stay alive and sane in a war zone that was once their home.
The Night Is for Hunting is the sixth book in the Tomorrow When the War Began series.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The adventures of five Australian teenagers continue in the sixth installment in the Tomorrow series, The Night Is for Hunting by John Marsden. While trying to care for a group of ungrateful orphans, Ellie and her friends struggle to survive against enemy invaders.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up-Marsden continues the saga that began in Tomorrow When the War Began (Houghton, 1995), in which Australia was invaded and occupied by an unknown enemy and a group of teens organized a guerrilla campaign against the invaders. New Zealand has since been drawn into the war, but the setting of this sixth installment is largely in "Hell," a part of the Australian outback used by the young partisans as a safe haven when they aren't launching attacks against the enemy. Ellie and her comrades take in "ferals," children who have been left to run wild in the streets of a nearby town. The kids are not receptive to being cared for, and the teens' attempts at building a sense of community and family sometimes allow for a few lighthearted moments. The war, of course, is never far away. There are plenty of dramatic, fast-paced battle scenes with lots of action and carnage, which is vividly depicted. Ellie wrestles with her conscience throughout the story. Does she have the right to kill others in order to survive? Marsden offers no definitive answer to such questions, leaving readers to make up their own minds. Although this story picks up where Darkness, Be My Friend (Houghton, 2001) left off, it stands on its own well enough for readers unfamiliar with the series to appreciate it. The main audience for the book, however, is likely to be those who have followed the war from the beginning.

Edward Sullivan, White Pine School, TN

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 267 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (October 29, 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H1UF0I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,488 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best entry in the series January 17, 2009
Had the first half of this book not been bogged down by chasing idiot kids through the bush and kept focus on the war and the main characters, it would have been much more enjoyable. The children seemed to have been thrown in the mix to make our teen guerilla fighters a little less rough around the edges, but what the author seems to have done is tossed in five useless characters that needlessly get in the way.

It's not until the second half that the story picks up and returns to the character interaction and heart pounding excitement this series is known for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Ellie and her crew are still battling the forces which have overtaken their homeland: here their rescue of a band of near-feral children almost exposes their cover and endangers all their lives. Ellie faces some hard truths about her changing personality in the face of constant war and conflict and Marsden remains true to his riveting action and fast-paced style in this ongoing story, which is hard to put down and accessible to newcomers to the plot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And What Will Happen in the Finale? April 9, 2012
I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars for the endless search that takes up almost half the book for the feral orphans. However, the rockin' motorcycle rescue/chase pulled me into the last half of the book. Also, the description of the "Christmas" they all celebrated.

I think the book deliberately slowed down so as to provide a big punch for the final novel, especially with its cliffhanger ending. I hope so, at least! Go, you Aussie rebels!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I was first introduced to this serioes at school, we were assigned to read it for English, before this book all books assigned to us in school were all garbage and I expected the same, as did most the other students in my class, most wouldnt bother to read it, so the teacher read it aloud in class, for most of it upuntil the half way mark I ignored most of it, until it dawned on me that this book was actualy sounding o.k. When I got home i got my copy from the bookshelf and actualy started to read it, and I read at any chance I had, and when I finished I read the second and third and then had to wait while the rest were written and released
The amazing story starts off with a group of teenagers going camping, and when they return the find the Australia has been taken over by another country, they go to the bush again to hide, but can't just sit back and do nothing and decide to fight back in what ever way they can, although unconventional, when all is said and done and the series is over they made a huge impact on the war, sometimes planned, sometimes fluked, of coarse not all survive and with every loss you can not help but feel the emotional pain of the others, it is the best comming of age story I have read, and although it is listed as a young adult series, it will be unforgetable to all ages and you will develop a bond with Ellie, Homer, Kevin and the rest of the gang, I have never fell in love with any fictional charactors the way I did with these guys, not even in T.V series
A story like this comes along once in a life time, do not, and I mean do not missss this book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the Tomorrow Series (night is for hunting) March 20, 2008
This book is definatly one of the best. It is an adventure thriller, it captures you, and never lets go.The descriptions vivid. The night is for Hunting is about a group of kids, who in the first book of the series, learn after camping, their country has been invaded. there are 7 books in the series, along with a series after the war. I recommend you buy all of them. you wont be able to stop. Not only is it a Thriller but throughtout the series the main charecter has to struggle with emotions, and the growing violence inside themselves. These people stay with you, and you start to feel they are real, and you know so much about them. They become a part of you, youll hate to leave them. I know I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book 6 of 7 in Tomorrow Series November 10, 2005
This may be the weakest volume in the Tomorrow series. It is still a non-stop page turner, but it didn't have the action you'd expect after reading the first 5 volumes. The story is mostly about dealing with a band of feral orphans of the war. They cause constant trouble and frustration for Ellie, and the others. This is the only book in the series that leaves a cliffhanger at the end to get you crying for the finale...which I will start to read as soon as I finish this review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Less action than the other books, but a good solid story September 7, 2008
I have just read this series of books in a very short space of time, and think it is a great story. There are a lot of Australian colloquialisms though, which may be confusing to North Americans.

Out of all the books, this was the one with the least action, but still a good car chase and a 'breather' in the action of the war...

I recommend the whole series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best read in the world January 22, 2002
This is the story of the century. This is a definite must read. This is part of one of the most phenominal series of this century. This gripping story will have you guessing. The details will set a scene all its own. With a cliffhanger, it will leave you begging for the next book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but also tired
Average addition to the series. Worth reading if you have started he series but gets repetitive and tired in theming
Published 5 months ago by Bradford Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional roller coaster tale of survival.
Once I started reading the series I could not stop. Having taught school for 38 years I felt I understood more keenly what Ellie and her friends were going through. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Glenn F. Abbott,Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars nice
Great book I really liked it compared to the rest of them am so excited for the last one in the series
Published 8 months ago by amy72jean
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series for everyone.
I love this book series. Every book was excellent. The series is made for teens but is a great read for adults too. I am 42 and loved it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Aaron
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from the Tomorrow series
It has characters that I cared about and it kept moving. Everything in the book drives the narrative. It is a really satisfying series
Published 13 months ago by Chris S.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Favorite Series
John Marsden is one of my favorite authors. His work makes the characters realistic and keeps you on the edge of your seat in adventure. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Krogan
4.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly as good as the beginning of the series
Poor ending. Too much of it was just dropped as though the author was tired of writing the characters. I guess if you have read the rest, then go for it, but I was disappointed.
Published 14 months ago by Mark & Debbie
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair Addition
Had heard mixed reviews about the 6th book in this series, although there were some slower parts and a few departures from the usual typ of story, but I did still enjoy it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Casey Crump
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series for teens
I read to my kids a lot and I got this whole series to read to my 13 year old son. He loved them, and wished there had been more when we finished all of them.
Published 15 months ago by A. Canfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellant follow up.
This one continues the story of a group of young people caught up in a war they didn't want. Very good reading.
Published 16 months ago by Jerry Roessler
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