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Monday, 11 March 2013

Review: The Lost Hunters

In their previous adventure, Lexi and Al thought they had seen it all – time travel, epic battles, ancient cities on the point of collapse and… vomiting rats. But nothing has prepared them for the realisation that their missing grandfather is a word hunter too.

Lexi and Al finally know why their Grandpa Al disappeared 30 years ago – he is trapped in the past on a word hunt that went wrong. With very few clues and trusting that the word hunter dictionary will take them to the time and place where Grandpa Al went missing, Lexi and Al are on a quest to return Grandpa Al to his family.

The second book in the Word Hunter trilogy, The Lost Hunters follows Lexi and Al as they trace the origin of three different words – okay, dollar and gun. This time, the 12-year-old twins have the help of Mursili, brought to the present day from an ancient librar,y who acts as a research assistant before Lexi and Al head off on their word hunting adventures.

Filled with details about history and language, the plot of these word nerd adventures moves at a steady pace. Additional intrigue and suspense coming into the story about half way through as Lexi and Al are joined by a third word hunter and it becomes clear that a mysterious and dangerous group of grey-robed men are trying to prevent the word hunters from completing their quests.

The Word Hunters series is a thinking adventure story for readers who love history and language. The final book in the series, War of the Word Hunters, will see Lexi, Al and their friends on a quest to prevent the sinister grey-robed men from destroying the English language and changing the course of history. Teachers’ notes are available all The Word Hunters website.

Title:  The Lost Hunters (The Word Hunters #2)
Author:  Nick Earls & Terry Whidborne
Illustrator:  Terry Whidborne
Publisher: UQP, $14.95 RRP
Publication Date:  March 2013
Format:  Paperback
ISBN:  9780702249587
For ages:  9 - 13 years
Type: Junior fiction, Older junior fiction

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