The Night Is for Hunting

The Night Is for Hunting

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by John Marsden
     
 

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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

Overview

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

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. (Aug.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
KLIATT
KLIATT has reviewed the audiobooks of this complete series from Australia, but the printed books are still not available for the entire series. This is the next to the last, finally available in the U.S. in hardcover. In this 6th book, the five teenagers who have survived rescue some little children they call "ferals" who have been living on their own in a deserted suburb. The teenagers take the children to their hideout "Hell" in the bush, even though the "wild" children resist every bit of help for much of the book, nearly dying in the process. Treks through the bush are a great part of this, as the enemy soldiers come closer, making it more difficult for Ellie and her friends to forage for food. At the end of this story, their New Zealand connection Colonel Finley tells them (by radio) that they are heading into a critical time and that a visitor will be coming to them for 24 hours only—this is the cliff-hanging ending. (I'm ready to find the audiobook for book 7 to put me out of my misery.) One absolutely thrilling sequence is about Ellie, Homer, and Fy's capture by the enemy soldiers and how they effect their escape. There is death and destruction, but there is also Christmas, as in another sequence Ellie and the teenagers put together the holiday celebration to offer the little children something that will connect them to their past. This is one of the best in a thrilling series—with an excellent cover. (Tomorrow series, Book 6) KLIATT Codes: JS*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students. 1998, Houghton Mifflin, 246p., $15.00. Ages 13 to 18. Reviewer: Claire Rosser; September 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 5)
Children's Literature
Australian writer John Marsden's latest import is more than welcome. Anyone who's been following his dark and harrowing young adult series set in a present-day Australia under siege by anonymous, unnamed soldiers from the North, will be ready and waiting for this sixth installment from Ellie. Ellie, of course, is the teenage narrator who has been caught up in the war for a year with her band of friends—Kevin, Lee, Homer and Fi. Already they are survivors, and here they take on another group of survivors¾ferals, the five-to-eight-year-olds who have been scavenging for their lives. After a wild midnight rescue of these savage youngsters, the group heads back for R&R to Hell, their secret hiding place in the bush. Taming the ferals and holding off platoons of the enemy make for another fast-paced adventure in which Ellie and her friends continue to learn the costs of war to body and soul. Marsden's storytelling never lets up. This is a good read. 2001, Houghton Mifflin, $16.00. Ages 12 up. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
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.
From the Publisher
“Marsden again demonstrates his ability to write as compellingly about internal battles as he does external ones.” VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547528168
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/29/2001
Series:
Tomorrow Series , #6
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
175,579
File size:
211 KB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

John Marsden’s highly praised series concludes in this thrilling installment that will bring readers to the edge of their seats and keep them there until the last page is turned. John Marsden is one of Australia’s best-known writers for young adults. His work has received critical acclaim and has earned a cultlike following worldwide. The popular Tomorrow series has been translated into seven languages and has sold over one million copies in Australia alone.

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graysmenagerie More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie and noticed that is was based on a book, so I came to B&N to look for the nook books and was excited to see that it was a series of 7. Please read series in order! This is supposed to be a youth/teen book, but they did not write them this way when I was young. I recommend that parents glance through these books to be sure they think that their child can handle the "war time" theme. But anyway, i loved the series and really was sad when it was over!! In it's own way, this is educational on survival that unfortunately may be needed one day.
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I loved this book, I really liked the way that it was set up and the way that it ended. If you started the first book then you should really read this one.