FICTION

Hunter Moran Digs Deep

illus. by Chris Sheban. 128p. Holiday House. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9780823431656. ebk. $16.95. ISBN 9780823432578.
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Gr 4–6—After inadvertently breaking their father's most recent project, Hunter Moran and his twin brother, Zack, are determined to find the town founder's hidden treasure. But, as with many of their plans, things go wrong from the beginning. After all, getting stuck in the school basement, taking drum lessons, and climbing train bridges wasn't part of the plan. And even worse, it seems that Bradley the Bully has his own group looking for the treasure. Can Hunter and Zack find it before their father discovers his damaged project or are they already doomed? Small town as well as family life are humorously highlighted in this adventure story. Giff adeptly creates an entertaining and believable story about two mischief-making boys. There are enough surprising developments to keep the story moving and engagement high. The short sentences and paragraphs make the book especially appropriate for reluctant readers. A fun adventure well-worth general purchase.—Heidi Grange, Summit Elementary School, Smithfield, UT
Hunter and his large, quirky family star in a third enjoyable adventure in which the characters and their small town feature as prominently as the plot. When Hunter, his twin Zack, and neighbor Sarah hunt for the treasure rumored to be buried by the town's founder, their interactions with neighbors, teachers, and the town librarian beg to be read aloud.

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