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Eoin Colfer. The Supernaturalist
Scholastic  $6.99  ISBN 0-439-69988-6  267 pg.
Reviewed by Emma, Age 12

He stepped into pandemonium. People fled in panicked droves to the fire escapes, oblivious to the blue creatures clinging curiously to the walls. Not everybody was oblivious. Stefan drew his lightening rod and started blasting. Parasites exploded into azure bubbles, bouncing around the confined space like pinballs. They made no sound and showed no surprise, simply swelled and popped ...

The Supernaturalist is the unusual story of a teenage boy finding his place in the complex and often confusing world of Satellite City. Fourteen year old Cosmo Hill has spent his entire life testing various products in the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys. However, his life changes drastically when he escapes, almost kills himself falling off a building, but is saved by an unlikely band of kids. He is taken in by them and quickly earns their trust. Soon he becomes part of the group. Their one goal: to cleanse their city of the clever and dangerous ‘life suckers’, the Parasites!

The Supernaturalist was written by the world-renowned author of the Artemis Fowl series. Eoin Colfer is an Irish author of children’s literature. He loves both books and reading, anything and everything, but his favourite book is Stig of the Dump. Besides the three best-selling Artemis Fowl books and The Supernaturalist, Eoin Colfer has written The Wish List and Benny and Omar. The Supernaturalist is a paperback sci-fi novel with 267 pages suitable for grades four and up.

This is a great read! I recommend it to any teacher, parent, older sibling, or anyone needing a good book to read to someone. It is perfect for that! This story seems so real, even though there is obviously no way it could be. The characters are just so alive! As a science fiction novel it may not be one of the best I’ve read, but as a genuinely fun and exciting, summer reading-type story, it is excellent! That is why I give this book four stars.

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