Jim and Sal have moved to Minerva Hall because their father is going to be the new groundskeeper there. Jim's excited for the new beginning and glad for the change because after their mother’s death, their father was not the same unless he was gardening. Then, something strange happens. Jim sees a small child who whispers a message to him, “Find the Seventh”. Jim has no idea what this means, but he has a strong feeling that this “child” is not exactly who she seems to be. As Jim begins to explore the grounds and the house, he finds an old classroom with names of the children who lived at Minerva Hall. Beside each name is written the word “deceased”. Jim can’t help but wonder what the connections are between the deaths. Meanwhile he befriends Einstein, an extremely intelligent autistic boy, who enlightens him about the legends of the family. Throughout the adventure, these two boys must work to find out what exactly it means to “find the seventh”.
You will not be able to put down this page turner until you find out what the seventh means. It might just surprise you when you think you have it all figured out as well. 288 pages
Recommended by Linda Kay, Librarian
Creepy, thrilling and mysterious, this novel will have young readers frantically turning the pages to figure out who the "seventh" is. Jim moves with his father and younger sister to an English manor known as Minerva Hall. It's steeped in history and mystery. The current master, Lord Minerva, is a grumpy old curmudgeon who detests children and Jim, it seems, in particular.
When Jim begins seeing visions of ghostly figures and statues of dead children, he realizes that there has been at least one murder at Minerva Hall. As he searches for answers, his life and his family's lives are threatened.
Mixing ancient rites and early English lore with the supernatural ghost story, The Hunt for the Seventh will appeal to those readers who love a ghost story and a mystery. Readers who have read Mary Downing Hahn's ghost stories are sure to like this book.
Recommended for readers grades 4-8.
Recommended by Pamela Thompson, Library Media Specialist.
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HUNT FOR THE SEVENTH by Christine Morton-Shaw, Trailer by Nancy Limmer