The First Hunter by Robert Swindells

The First Hunter

Written by Robert Swindells
Illustrated by Si Clark

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Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8

In a nutshell: action-filled, thought-provoking story set in the Stone Age.

In urgent, staccato prose Robert Swindells transports readers back to the Stone Age for a gripping story of early hunters. Tan and his family have a hard life, supplementing their diet of nuts, berries and honey with meat snatched from big cats, as though they are jackals, says Tan’s brother Wid. It’s difficult and very dangerous too until, inspired by Wid, Tan develops a way to match the big predators in strength and speed. It takes just a few paragraphs to immerse readers in Tan’s world, and action-filled chapters will keep them turning the pages, while the book’s ending is particularly powerful and memorable. ~ Andrea Reece

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

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The First Hunter by Robert Swindells

Primal, prehistoric drama fraught with tension and danger from a Carnegie Medal winning author. Now available in a new edition with artwork.

Tan and his family are scavengers, living like jackals, stealing from the kills of lions and other big cats to survive. It's no life at all. Then Wid, the simplest of them all, comes up with a daring proposal...

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

About the Author

Robert Swindells

Robert E. "Bob" Swindells (born 20 March 1939) is an author of children's and young adult literature. Born in Bradford, the first of five children, Swindells worked for a local newspaper after leaving school aged 15. He served with the Royal Air Force and held various jobs before training as a teacher. His first novel, When Darkness Comes (1973), was written as his thesis while in training. Swindells combined writing with teaching until 1980 when he took up writing full-time. He first won the Children's Book Award with Brother in the Land (1985), a novel set in a post-apocalyptic world. Swindells was a supporter of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and is quoted as saying that the work "... came out of my own anger and frustration ... you can't kill selectively with nuclear weapons, you wipe out millions of people ..." Swindells also won the award for Room 13 (1990), Nightmare Stairs (Short novel, 1998) and Blitzed (Younger readers, 2003). His young adult novel Stone Cold (1993), which dealt with homelessness, won the Carnegie Medal in 1994. Swindells is married, lives in Yorkshire and has two daughters and three grandchildren.

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72 pages
Interest Age: From 8 to 12 years


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Publication date

15th November 2016




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