The Ominous Eye
The Nocturnals Book 2
by Tracey Hecht
Pub Date 20 Sep 2016
"The best stories always take place in the dark!" — R.L. Stine
Join Dawn, Bismark and Tobin as they set out to investigate the source of a violent jolt that fractures the earth! Along their journey, the Nocturnal Brigade meets an unfamiliar reptile—a tuatara named Polyphema—who reveals that a giant beast caused the destruction and will soon strike again. Polyphema with her special insights, is the only one who can help the Nocturnal Brigade stop this fearsome predator… but can she be trusted? With help from an owl, the jerboas, and some kiwis, the animals set a trap since surrender is not an option against this relentless beast.
The Nocturnals is a critically acclaimed middle grade series about three unlikely friends—Dawn, a serious fox, Tobin, a sweet pangolin, and Bismark, the loud mouthed, pint sized sugar glider. Discover the friendships, teamwork, and humor, as the Nocturnal Brigade solves the unpredictable mysteries of the night.
Bonus full color illustrations at the start of each chapter
A Note From the Publisher
Coming in paperback July 11, 2017 (9781944020101)
"Hecht continues to charm readers with delightfully drawn characters and consistent suspense. Bismark's trademark, multilingual adulations fuel both Dawn's eye-rolls and readers' chuckles. Tobin remains cautiously adventurous. His quiet remarks and social perceptiveness ground Bismark's slapstick and elicit warmth from Dawn's cool leadership. Each animal, from the common to the exotic, shines with quirky personalities and endearing traits. A welcome return of the colorful and curious trio--their next can't arrive soon enough. (Fantasy. 9-12)" --Kirkus Reviews
"In this satisfying second installment...our heroes are there to save the day, and, as in the first volume, when they uncover Polyphema's underlying motives, learn about an important issue--this time, protecting endangered species. Returning fans will be rewarded with the expected engaging plot twists, plenty of humor, Bismarck's unrequited mooning over Dawn, and reaffirmation of the trio's mutual loyalty and friendship." --Booklist
" The Ominous Eye explores how friendships can change, first (and second) impressions aren't always correct, and fear shouldn't stop you from doing what's right. Fans of The Nocturnals will devour this latest adventure with new characters and a thrilling mystery."-- YA and Kids Book Central (YABC)
"This is a good follow-up to the first book, and yet newcomers to the series can jump right in without having read the first book (but read it - it's good!). Kate Liebman's color illustrations add to the text, giving the reader a nice frame of reference for some of these new animals he or she will meet during the course of the book." --Mom Read It Blog
"Hecht writes a novel that can stand on its own and allows readers to jump right into the series and backtrack later. The characters are each unique... the reader can't help but be invested in them. Even the so called "bad guys" have an element of sympathy and understanding about them that teaches young readers to think critically about how they treat the people around them and what might be going on in those "bad guys" lives... Hecht does a great job of tying together themes and morals centering around acceptance, understanding, and friendship."
-- Centered on Books Blog