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Hunter and his twin brother, Zack, are on high alert after they hear about a potential kidnapping in Newfield. But the most shocking news is yet to come: the twins figure out that Steadman, their younger brother, is the kidnapper's target! The boys keep an eye out for suspicious activities around town from a treetop watchtower in Werewolf Woods. They are shocked to discover a probable ax murderer hiding in the cellar of an empty house, Bradley the neighborhood bully poking at what must be dead bodies in the pond,...
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Hunter Moran Hangs Out

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Overview

Hunter and his twin brother, Zack, are on high alert after they hear about a potential kidnapping in Newfield. But the most shocking news is yet to come: the twins figure out that Steadman, their younger brother, is the kidnapper's target! The boys keep an eye out for suspicious activities around town from a treetop watchtower in Werewolf Woods. They are shocked to discover a probable ax murderer hiding in the cellar of an empty house, Bradley the neighborhood bully poking at what must be dead bodies in the pond, and a mysterious letter for their mom. All these could be clues, and it's up to the Moran boys to uncover whatever evil plans are afoot before it's too late.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
09/01/2013
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 City
Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
Rising sixth-graders Hunter and Zack make the most of the last four days of their summer vacation, attempting to stave off a kidnapping, performing rescues and welcoming yet another sibling. Continuing the TV-fueled adventures begun at the start of their summer and chronicled in Hunter Moran Saves the Universe (2012), the twins leave a surprising trail of destruction at summer's end. They trample their father's newly seeded lawn and try to cover the damage with an enormous rock they claim is a coyote's gravestone. They take lumber and nails intended for a workroom to build a watchtower high in a tree. They break into basements, and Hunter falls out a second-story window. They survive near-drowning in the pond in Werewolf Woods. As reported by Hunter in a breathless first-person, present-tense narration, the chaos in the Moran household sometimes seems a little far-fetched, but it can be excused by the arrival of K.G., the new baby and seventh child (whose real name is not "Killer Godzilla"). Throughout the book, the boys continue to feed and replenish the worm farm they've established in a kitchen-cabinet drawer, a running joke that seems likely to offer possibilities for more sequels. For summer reading or dreaming of summer, this satisfying sequel can be a good starting point for middle-grade readers. (Fiction. 9-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823430017
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 134
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Patricia Reilly Giff is the author of many highly acclaimed books for children, including Lily's Crossing, a Newbery Honor Book and Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book; Pictures of Hollis Woods, a Newbery Honor Book; and Don't Tell the Girls: A Family Memoir. She lives in Connecticut.
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