The Cloud Hunters by Alex Shearer
  

The Cloud Hunters

Written by Alex Shearer
Part of the Cloud Hunters Series

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November 2012 Book of the Month In this thrilling and thought provoking adventure fantasy set in a world without water, the Cloud Hunters are vital for the community’s survival. Setting out on their missions, they track down the clouds and bring the water home. It’s a brave job and a hard way of life; Cloud Hunters are outsiders and their tribal markings keep them that way. Bored by his safe and comfortable life and longing for something more dramatic, Christien falls for his class mate Jenine, the daughter of Cloud Hunters and herself already a veteran of several missions. Persuading her to take him on a trip he soon finds he has a special role to play in a thrilling rescue mission which also teaches him to value differences.

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The Cloud Hunters by Alex Shearer

Hunting the skies is not for the faint-hearted. In a world where water is scarce and deadly jellyfish swim through the sky, mollycoddled teenager Christien dreams of excitement and danger. When he meets the exotic and alluring Jenine and her family of Cloud Hunters, he becomes determined to fulfil that dream...In a richly imaginative tale, perfect for both boys and girls as they launch themselves into the world of fiction as independent readers, Alex Shearer creates a Dahl-esque fantasy that roams through realms of magic, wonder and adventure.

Why I wrote The Cloud Hunters.....

Alex Shearer

Reviews

Part Gulliver's Travels, part Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, part Pilgrim's Progress, this is thoroughly original and full of ideas ... thought-provoking, involving, and exciting, and a true romance. Books for Keeps With its well-drawn characters and vividly-realised world, The Cloud Hunters will appeal to fans of science fiction and fantasy. Yet though at base an adventure story, the book is often pleasingly slow and meditative, dwelling on the texture of the world and exploring the issues of coming-of-age, belonging, memory and loss with an unexpected complexity and sensitivity. Booktrust A thrilling and thought provoking adventure fantasy set in a world without water -- Julia Eccleshare Lovereading4kids A creative and fascinating idea, well-written with interesting characters and scenery The Guardian Online

About the Author

Alex Shearer was born in 1949 in Wick, in the far north of Scotland and enjoyed writing from an early age. He went on to write several TV series including the 1990's sitcom The Two of Us, and numerous stage and radio plays.

More recently he has started writing for children. His Wilmot stories have been adapted for TV by Yorkshire television, and his children's novel, The Greatest Store in the World, was screened as a feature length TV film on Christmas Eve 1999 by the BBC.His recent novel 'The Speed of the Dark' was shortlisted for the 2002 Guardian Fiction Prize.

He lives in Somerset and is married with two grown-up children.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
288 pages
Interest Age: From 9

Author

Alex Shearer
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Publisher

Hot Key Books

Publication date

1st November 2012

ISBN

9781471400186

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Hot Key Books is an imprint of Hot Key

logo Hot Key Books, a division of Bonnier Publishing, publish stand out, quality fiction, for 9 – 19 year olds, print and digital that people like to talk about. If you are looking for something a little bit different from your books, something a little bit special then Hot Key Books may well have just what you want.

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https://www.hotkeybooks.com

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