________________ CM . . . . Volume XII Number 17 . . . . April 28, 2006


Hunting the Hunter. (On the Run #6).

Gordon Korman.
New York, NY: Scholastic (Available in Canada from Scholastic Canada), 2006.
151 pp., pbk., $6.99.
ISBN 0-439-65141-7.

Grades 4-7 / Ages 9-12.

Review by Marina Cohen.

***½ /4


A horrible thought struck her—Aiden! He was at the wheel, totally exposed. She peered over the top of the basket and saw Hairless Frank, gun arm raised, taking careful aim at her brother in the cab.

The turnip materialized in her hand before she realized what she had in mind. She flung it without aiming—there was no time. Yet the aim was true. The spiraling vegetable struck their attacker on the side of the head, sending him staggering backward.

The truck’s engine roared to life.

Her voice bordered on dementia. “Go! Go! Go!”

The vehicle blasted forward, battering her with spilled turnips. Meg didn’t mind the rough ride. She was grateful to be out of there.

Hunting the Hunter, book six in Gordon Korman’s thrilling “On the Run series,” represents the climactic conclusion to an incredible adventure for 15-year-old Aiden and his 11-year-old sister, Meg, as they attempt to uncover evidence exonerating their parents falsely imprisoned for treason.

     The novel opens with Aiden’s posing as a farmhand and Meg’s hiding out in the barn of a stubborn and all too stereotypical farmer named Zephraim Turnbull. The farm is guarded by a 300 pound pig, Bernard, who charges into the action on more than one occasion. 

     In attempts to lure their archenemy, Hairless Frank, into the open, the siblings take out an ad in the local newspaper.  It reads: “UNCLE FRANK—We have to stop fighting before somebody gets hurt. Let’s meet and come to an agreement.” Taking the bait, Hairless Joe, a.k.a. Hairless Frank, a.k.a., Frank Lindenauer, a.k.a., Terence J. McKenzie, is drawn into the open, and the roller coaster ride of final events is set into motion. There are several twists and tangles in the plot before the siblings finally face-off against the dangerous assassin, ex-CIA agent and betrayer of their parents.

     Through his craft, Korman once again sweeps his readers into the dangerous and thrilling world of fugitives Aiden and Meg Falconer. The dialogue is snappy, the characters credible and the action riveting, so much so that one barely has time to consider the plausibility of the events. As book six in the series, Hunting the Hunter contains a fair bit of back-story. Although one may choose to read this novel as a stand-alone, it would certainly detract from the greater enjoyment of the series as a whole. 

Highly Recommended.

Marina Cohen has a Master’s Degree in literature from the University of Toronto and has been teaching in the York Region District School Board for 10 years.


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