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The Supernaturalist (International Edition)
     

The Supernaturalist (International Edition)

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by Eoin Colfer
 

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In the not-too-distant future, in a place called Satellite City, thirteen-year-old Cosmo Hill is unfortunate enough to come into the world unwanted by his parents. And so, as are all orphaned boys his age, Cosmo is dipped in a vaccine vat and sent to the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys-freight class. At Clarissa Frayne, the orphans, called "no

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In the not-too-distant future, in a place called Satellite City, thirteen-year-old Cosmo Hill is unfortunate enough to come into the world unwanted by his parents. And so, as are all orphaned boys his age, Cosmo is dipped in a vaccine vat and sent to the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys-freight class. At Clarissa Frayne, the orphans, called "no-sponsors," are put to work by the state, testing dangerous products that never should be allowed near human beings. By the time the no-sponsors are sent to their cardboard utility pipes, given their nightly meal pack, and finally fall asleep, they are often covered in burns, bruises, or sores from the work of the day. Cosmo Hill knows that he must escape, even though he has no idea what might be waiting for him on the outside. He plans for the moment when he can make a break. When that moment finally comes, he nearly dies while escaping. But he is rescued by a gang of "Supernaturalists," a motley crew of kids who all have a special psychic ability-one that Cosmo is about to learn he has as well. They "see" supernatural Parasites-tiny, translucent creatures who feed on the life force of humans. The Supernaturalists

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Artemis Fowl creator Eoin Colfer hits readers with this high-energy stand-alone novel about an orphan whose ability to see supernatural creatures lands him in an out-of-this-world adventure. Set in Satellite City in the third millennium, Colfer's book follows Cosmo Hill, a resident of the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys. There, Cosmo's life is basically a living nightmare: The boys are test monkeys for pharmaceutical companies, and they have to put up with a nasty overseer named Marshal Redwood. But when Cosmo learns from a rogue group of kids ("The Supernaturalists") that he can spot invisible, energy-sucking parasites like the rest of them, he escapes Clarissa Frayne for a life of destroying parasites -- until the discovery of a high-level government secret spins the group in a harrowing new direction. As in his Artemis books, Colfer spins an action-packed thriller loaded with fantastic gadgetry and surprises at every turn, marking his plot with characters who aren't always to be trusted. Comparable to the movie Blade Runner with Dickens thrown in, Colfer's super-octane read will keep his legions of followers ultra charged up for more futuristic fun. Matt Warner

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786852567
Publisher:
Disney Publishing Worldwide
Publication date:
06/02/2004
Edition description:
International Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.06(h) x 0.00(d)
Age Range:
10 - 15 Years

Meet the Author

Eoin Colfer is the New York Times best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series,
Airman, The Supernaturalist, The Wish List, Half Moon Investigations, Benny and Omar, Benny and Babe, and Eoin Colfer’s Legend of . . .  books. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children. To learn more about Eoin Colfer, visit his Web site at www.eoincolfer.com.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Wexford Town, County Wexford, Republic of Ireland
Date of Birth:
May 14, 1965
Place of Birth:
Waterford City, County Waterford, Republic of Ireland
Education:
Bachelor of Education, 1986; Education Diploma, 1987
Website:
http://www.eoincolfer.com

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The Supernaturalist 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 204 reviews.
The_hibernators More than 1 year ago
In this gem of teen speculative fiction, Cosmo Hill makes a death-defying escape from an abusive orphanage, only to be propelled into a rogue group of spook-chasing youths. As the plot unfolds, Cosmo learns about eerie similarities between life in the orphanage and his new life as a Supernaturalist. Fans of Colfer¿s typical wit, humor, and creativity will again be thrilled. However, I have to admit that I was a much bigger fan of the Artemis Fowl books. This book had a more obvious opening for a sequel, and some of the plot twists were predictable, even if they were cute. If you are an Eoin Colfer fan, this book is definitely well worth a read. If you are new to the author, try Artemis Fowl first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the book and loved it! Should have made it into a series
yearningtoread More than 1 year ago
Cosmo Hill, nosponsor, orphan at Clarissa Frayne. Guinea pig for new chemicals and medicines. One of hundreds of thousands who long to be free of the dreadful orphanages. He has one friend, Ziploc. Well, if you could call him a friend. He was a nosponser like the rest of them, and the only one with the audacity to talk more than needed. If anything, Ziploc would get him into more trouble than he already was. And that's exactly what happens. When Ziploc, chained to Cosmo, jumps off a building to avoid being taken back to Clarissa Frayne, Cosmo is pulled with him. With the accident comes terrible consequences - Ziploc dies almost immediately from the force of the impact. But Cosmo...Cosmo is different. He's alive, yes, but he's also seeing things. The little blue creatures around him are sucking the life out of him - he can see the life flowing through their small bodies and back into the sky. It is then that the Supernaturalists come to Cosmo's rescue, saving his life and killing many of the life-sucking Parasites. Cosmo soon discovers that he and only a few other people can see these blue Parasites, and he is pulled right into a mystery that he never would have dreamed existed. If you've read my review for Colfer's newer novel, Airman, you know that I'm a fan. This was my second Colfer book and once again, I was thoroughly impressed. I picked it up because I needed a filler for my free time, unsure of what I would find behind the cover of the book or if I would like it. However, I found within the first twenty pages that I loved it. Not only is it written fantastically well, but it has an atmosphere that was entirely unexpected. It takes place in a futuristic world, one where you would expect people to be living large. A world where everything is perfect. Where everyone has jobs and everyone is happy. At least, that's what you would believe if you lived in the upper class of society. But this book takes place in the slums, where food is scarce, clothes are torn and used thin. Where children are trying to survive and gangs are strong and hard and cold. The characters are believable, even with their strange, futuristic attributes and/or their flaws. Stephan is by far my favorite. Dark, handsome, tall...trying to be a leader but unsure of how exactly to help those around him. He loves his friends with a sacrificial love and only wants to rid the world of the Parasites that are sucking the life out of us all. And the writing... Colfer is one of those writers who knows what he's doing. He's got the story structure, the characters - and the style. He is his own voice, and his voice carries like a shout in the mountains - one that echoes and echoes and echoes. One that will always be remembered. I encourage you to read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Readers of this novel, do not despair. Eoin Colfer has simply outdone himself once more. Twists, amazing character background, and suspense all contribute to this book's overall perfection. I could not deny my mind the honor of reading such epic brilliance. As for my fellow reviewers, you shame the NOOK products. A device of education, used by none other than unintelligent fiends looking to slander the good Colfer name with poor grammar. This is a shopping site! Get a job at a drug store. That is my opinion of your reviewing skills. Also, try the book "Airman" for a great read. Farewell, amateurs in intelligence! Obi-wan Ravioli, away!
Anna Morales More than 1 year ago
I read this book in middle school about 7 years ago. I read alot of books then but this was the only one I truly remembered! It is a great story that will leave a positive impression and memory for years to come!
Vampires-and-Spongebob More than 1 year ago
The Supernaturalist was the very first book I ever read in middle school and I believe it was this book that made me to start to read like a brainiac maniac! The plot, characters, and setting were surprisingly great for a not a big sci-fi fan. Colfer's imagination took him to another level with this book. It's still my favorite by Colfer. To this day I still read for fun. The Supernaturalist is a book you won't want to return to your library without a fight.
MackenzieKM More than 1 year ago
The supernaturalist is a book for any reader. It has a bit of everything. Its full of adventure, tragedy, lessons,and suspense. This book is an amazing story of a boy, growing up with a rather unique family.His life is full of adventures and survival. A beginning that will grasp you in the first paragraph. Eoin has done it again; just like he did in Artemis Fowl. This is a book that is worth reading over,and over, and over.
I_read_books More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book, and I have to say that I absolutely LOVED IT! The plot was amazing, and not like anything I've ever seen before, the characters were funny and original, and actually acted like real people. And the writing was (as always, Mr. Colfer) wonderful. I highly recommend this book!
A-kid-who-got-an-A More than 1 year ago
Have you ever seen a creature that could absorb life force or even kill someone in a second? In the book, "The Supernaturalists" by Eoin Colfer is a great book that is fit for readers who love science-fiction. This greatly written book is about a boy named Cosmo who has interesting traits including his friends as well. These people/kids fight the dangers of their world which are parasites and greedy agents. This book is futuristic and exciting. This book also has a good ending which would make people think more. The excitements in this book are really the times where something dramatic happens such as when Cosmo the main character gets shocked and almost dies and this whole story amazingly takes place in one-years from know which also makes the book fun and interesting. Throughout the book, everything including the characters change a lot which is the main part of the ending as well. This book is also an inspiring one that can change how you live by effort or by even, by just your mind. I suggest this book to any reader in the world but mostly to people who think a lot and love science-fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all i would like to say that this is an amazing book. There r like no words to describe it. Anyways my question is does anyone know if there is going to be any other continuations of this book? And if there is what are the names? Thank u so much!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More Supernaturalist books, Eoin Colfer! This one was amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First Artemis Fowl and now another amazing book. Colfer never ceases to amaze me with the books he writes. In his books, they put you in an amazing world that is impossible to forget. I cannot wait until he writes another book. - Eoin Colfer's biggest fan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is perfect for people who don't want the 10 year back-story and just want action from the first page. If you like edge of your seat page turners, well then, this is the PERFECT book for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luved this book. It was fast paced. Hated the end when ----- dies. Other than the book was nice. I luv artemis fowl so liked this book. Colfer is on my top three favorite author list. Ive read many books and its hard to choose which one goes on top. But after i read this book i knew colfer had to be at the top.=) Go Eoin Colfer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should read the graphic novel of this too
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All I can say is wow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book for ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I miss Arty Fowl...... *sniffles*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced and it has you hanging on to your seats Iwould recomend it to anyone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good, like all other eoin colfer books! Really, really good, must buy! Next reccomended book: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book but Cosmo Hill is a little creepy.
sgmaxx More than 1 year ago
really enjoyed it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic
katt1430 More than 1 year ago
Artemis Fowl lives on in this book through Cosmo Hill. Great story!