The First Hunt
by Linda Anthony Hill
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Pub Date 22 Jun 2015 | Archive Date 16 Oct 2022
Young 9 year old Branden is afraid of ghosts.
When his babysitter doesn't show up one afternoon, things get a little scary for him. Then Ms Meriweather arrives and the afternoon takes a turn for the weird. Ultimately, Branden learns that not everything that goes bump is a ghost. And most things have a logical explanation.
But, yes, there is a ghost in the story.
This is a great book for eight to twelve year olds.
""As a searcher and a grandfather, I found this an intelligent and entertaining book that I will share with my grandkids. Linda handles a usually loaded subject with a simple tenderness that takes away a lot of the negativity usually associated with her subject. I look forward to seeing where she takes the subject as this was truly an introduction to the vast collection of stories in her mind! Where Volume #2?"" Roger Denton
""Couldn't wait to read about Branden's adventure. I bought a copy for my 11 year old niece who is interested yet apprehensive about ghosts. Easy to read book that lets kids know that all ghosts don't have to be the ""scary"" type. We read it in one sitting because she didn't want to stop! She is already asiing about the next adventure! Great book!"" Wendy
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Average rating from 4 members
Meet Brandon, age 9 and a half. After school, Brandon has a tutor [read, babysitter]; but today, his house is locked and he can't find her. So after he plays with his dog Bobo, he hears strange noises, in the kitchen and bathroom. He's worried, but a visitor at the door proves to be exactly the lesson to help Brandon be brave.
Branden (who is nine and a half years old, mind you) comes home one day to find his tutor (nope, not a babysitter) gone, leaving him alone with weird noises and unexplained messes... Could there be a ghost?
This was an enjoyable story with both suspense and humour. I can't say much without spoilers but I really like the themes that this illustrated children's book discusses and the direction it went in. It's a quick read but perfectly-paced and hits the spot. My only concern is Branden letting a stranger into his home, which might send the wrong message to kids who don't know better.
Brandon is 9 1/2 and he has a “tutor“ name Shelly. She is really his babysitter but because he is so grown he insists they referred to her as his tutor. Would he arrive at home after school he expected to see her but the house was empty. At first he felt emboldened by this and thought he is 9 1/2 and he can do this! But after playing with his dog and coming in he started hearing noises first in the kitchen and then in the bathroom while checking these noises out he heard a knock at the door and he immediately hoped it would be Shelly. He was surprised to see a woman not much taller than him she said her name was Mary and walked in without invitation and asked if he would like to ghost hunt? It seems as if Mary knows things she couldn’t possibly know… But this afternoon with Mary will teach him a lot but most of all it would teach him he would rather not be home alone. I thought this book was adorable and when I told my daughter Steph it was about ghost she was so excited. I have to say she read this book in one day and although it is short that is definitely a first for her. I hope they have more books about Brandon and his adventures and growing up because my daughter would love to read them. I received this book from NetGalleyShelf and the publisher but I am leaving this review voluntarily please forgive any mistakes as I am blind and dictate my review.
I thought that this was an enjoyable book
The story was easy to follow and I can't wait to read the story with my daughter when she is a little older. Myself and my husband love watching the ghost hunting programmes on tv so we can't wait to get them on them and this would be a great way to ease her in!
It is four stars from me for this one, I thought that the story was really good and whilst I did guess the plot it was still a great read and well written –highly recommended!
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