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Monster Hunters (Nightmare Academy, No. 1) Paperback – July 28, 2009
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“Lots of fun and excitement...It’s Men in Black for kids. Pure entertainment” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Rip-roaring monster slayings...readers will appreciate the book’s cinematic vividness...a straightforward thrill ride.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
About the Author
Dean Lorey is a Hollywood screenwriter whose credits include co-executive producer of the cult TV hit Arrested Development. He was inspired to write Nightmare Academy, his first series for young readers, by his personal enthusiasm for imagined worlds and video games. The first book in the trilogy, monster hunters, received the Southern California Booksellers' Award for Best Children's Novel of the Year. Dean Lorey lives in Calabasas, California, with his wife, Elizabeth, and their sons, Chris (first reader for the Nightmare Academy trilogy) and Alex (then too young to read).
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Toward the end, there are multiple point-of-veiw shifts without formatting breaks in text. Even a break with asterisks or something would have been preferable to no formatted indicator of p.o.v changes.
Charlie will awaken one night to a horrible class 5 monster in his room and will meet 3 amazing people; Rex, the wrangler, Tabitha the portal opener, and Pinch the bossy. These 3 will convince Charlie's folks to allow him to attend Nightmare Academy. A strange school designed for training children with the "gift" to battle the monsters.
After a forced show of strength to the Director, Charlie is once again the outcast. Not only does he have this "gift", he's strong, and he's separated further by the knowledge he is a Banisher as well as a Nethromancer. This is rare, what more can Charlie discover to make him a bigger freak.
Friends for Charlie will be finally made, Violet and Theodore (I couldn't help but remember Harry Potter in their mannerisms) and they will help him rescue his parents after a monster abduction.
I read this book in 2 sittings; it's fast paced, easy to read, a page turner, and keeps the reader hooked, nothing boring here. I look forward to the next book. Young and old alike will enjoy this book.
The headmaster put me in mind of Dumbledore at first meeting her. Charlie is very powerful he did things right away that no one expected. The director is motivated by jealousy, inadequacy and fear. The children are amazing and fun. Charlie finally has friends and Charlie is not being smothered by well intentioned, loving parents.
The world goes through amazing adventures with scary guys, bad guys and things downright awful. I do not want to spoil this amazing story by giving to much away. Don't worry there is neat stuff too ;)
I bought this book on audible.com
I have sent a request to Audible.com to get the second and third book in audio like the first one. This entire series is as fun as the Harry Potter, Sookie Stackhouse, Talisman Series and the Sister's Grimm.