Friday, June 19, 2009

The Hunt for the Seventh

The Hunt for the Seventh
by Christine Morton-Shaw
273 pages
age 10+
Jim's father takes the job as head gardener of the vast Minerva Estate. The creepy Lord of the Manor tells Jim and his younger sister Sal they can't go anywhere on the his property without him knowing it. This doesn't slow Jim down as he is soon caught up in a centuries-old mystery surrounding the deaths of several children. The ghost children want Jim to "find the Seventh". They leave him strange clues scattered around the estate pointing him towards an ancient prophecy that only he can prevent from coming to its devastating conclusion.
The cover did a good job of catching my attention and the author did the rest. Although I predicted the ending fairly early on, I loved the fast-paced suspense of this book. Younger children will probably be a little creeped out by this story. Older children, and even teenagers and adults who like a good ghost story should check it out.

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