Friday, April 13, 2012

The Hunter Chronicles by EJ Patten: Epic Middle-Grade

On goodreads

So I just found out this awesome book...

(break for the blurb)
ONE BOY. UNTOLD ENEMIES. A WHOLE WORLD TO SAVE. IT'S GOING TO BE A LOOONG THREE DAYS. 
Eleven years ago, a shattered band of ancient monster hunters captured an unimaginable evil and Phineas T. Pimiscule rescued his nephew, Sky, from the wreckage of that great battle. For eleven years, Sky Weathers has studied traps, puzzles, science, and the secret lore of the Hunters of Legend believing it all a game. For eleven years, Sky and his family have hidden from dark enemies while, unbeknownst to Sky, his uncle Phineas sacrificed everything to protect them.
 
For eleven years, Sky Weathers has known nothing of that day. 
But on the eve of Sky's twelfth birthday and his family's long-awaited return to the town of Exile, everything changes. Phineas has disappeared, and Sky finds himself forced to confront the mysterious secrets he's denied for so long: why did his family leave Exile on that day so long ago? What, exactly, has Phineas been preparing him for? And, the biggest mystery of all, who is Sky really and why does everyone want to kill him?! 
...now has a sequel

On goodreads
and it's due out this winter, December 4, 2012! You can read a rough draft of the summary at EJ's blog.

Agented by Steven Malk of Writers House, E.J. Patten is amazing. Check out his How I Got Published and the awesome blog From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle-Grade Authors interview with him last week

Have you already heard of this new sparkly middle-grade gem? Read it? What do you think?

As a mom of two little boys (with yet another boy due in June), I'm always on the look-out for middle-grade that looks boyish and spectacular. Recommendations welcome!

8 comments:

  1. The first book is on my to read list. That second cover is awesome too! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. My middle grade "boy" fantasy novel, The Rock of Ivanore, comes out in May. I have one ARC left if you'd like it. laurisawhitereyes at yahoo dot com / http://1000wrongs.blogspot.com

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  3. Oh, forgot to mention that Operation Awesome has been added to Middle Grade Mania - http://middlegrademania.blogspot.com/

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  4. Thanks for recommending Patten's post about how he got published. It was an excellent read!

    I would recommend Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel as a great boy middle-reader. When my son was about eight-years old, he'd always roll on his head when I'd try to read to him at night, but when I read Silverwing, he'd lay motionless and say, "Read more?

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  5. I just heard about it. It sounds great.

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  6. You're welcome, Kristal. :)

    Thank you, Laurisa!

    DLM, that makes Silverwing sound really intriguing! When a kid connects with a book, it is pure gold.

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  7. really looking forward to reading this one...and LOVE the covers!

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