Mar 25, 2013

Book Feature: Jack Templar Monster Hunter by Jeff Gunhus

Finalist for 2012 Book of the Year Award – Foreword Reviews

Orphan Jack Templar has no memory of his parents and only the smallest details from his Aunt Sophie about how they died. The day before Jack’s fourteenth birthday, things start to change for him. At first it’s great: A sudden new strength helps him defend his nose-picking friend “T-Rex” from the school bully, and even his crush, Cindy Adams, takes notice. But then a mysterious girl named Eva arrives and tells him two facts that will change his life forever. First, that he’s the descendent of a long line of monster hunters and he’s destined to be in the family business. Second, that there’s a truce between man and monster that children are off-limits…until their fourteenth birthday! Jack has only one day before hundreds of monsters will descend on his little town of Sunnyvale and try to kill him.
As if that weren’t enough, things get even more complicated when Jack discovers that the Lord of the Creach (as the monsters are collectively known) holds a personal grudge against him and will do anything to see that Jack has a slow and painful death. To stay alive and save his friends, Jack will have to battle werewolves, vampires, harpies, trolls, zombies and more. But perhaps the most dangerous thing he must face is the truth about his past. Why do the other hunters call him the last Templar? Why do they whisper that he may be the “One?” Why do the monsters want him dead so badly?  Even as these questions plague him, he quickly discovers survival is his new full-time job and that in the world of monster hunters, nothing is really what it seems.
For Middle Grade readers and higher
Fans of: Percy Jackson Series, Harry Potter and The Goosebumps Series by R.L. Stine
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Genre – Middle Grade / YA Fantasy
Rating – PG
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  1. I don't read much middle grade, but this would be PERFECT for my cousin Clayton. He's just getting into reading for fun rather than as part of a school assignment, so I'm definitely going to recommend this one to him. I think he'll be a fan of the monster aspect:)

    1. I'm trying to make a conscious effort to include more MG titles. My cousins are 11 and 12 and are always asking me for recs. I don't think they're old enough to handle some of the mature YA books, so I'm trying to branch out and find stuff for them, too.

  2. Hi- thanks for having Jack Templar on as a feature. There are a lot of great MG books out right now. I look forward to seeing more on your site. Best wishes!


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