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Hunter Moran Saves the Universe
Hunter Moran Series Book I
by Patricia Reilly Giff

Paperback | 128 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | US$ 6.99
ISBN: 9780823429172 | 07-01-2013

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIFTH | Age: 8 to 12

Themes: Family & Relationships, Friendship, Humor, Mystery & Suspense
Recommendations: A, C, K, PW

CCSS Codes:
3: RL.3
5: RL.4, RL.6
6: RL.2, RL.6

About the Book

Two-time Newbery Honor winner Patricia Reilly Giff has created a novel filled with whimsical characters, lots of mischief, and plenty of heart.

Twins Hunter and Zack have a small problem to solve: they must save their town from a diabolical dentist who is planning to blow it to smithereens. But first they have to hold a funeral for an incriminating report card before it breaks their mother's heart, hide a cello that has been demolished, and keep their father from finding out what they did to his laptop. None of this is going to be easy with their busybody older sister, Linny, watching their every move; older brother, William, just waiting to get them in trouble; five-year-old brother, Steadman, tailing them; and baby Mary banging her spoon like a maniac so no one can think. Before the book is over, a vintage airplane, a hot-air balloon, and a borrowed fire engine will all play parts in the unfolding mystery.


"With a wry blend of mystery and farce, fifth-grader Hunter describes the crazy goings-on in his small town over a summer."-Booklist

"With Giff as skilled accomplice, the Morans provide delightful entertainment."-Publishers Weekly

"This is an amusing tale of an imagination gone wild, an affectionate tribute to a kid whose mischief is entirely warm-hearted and endearing. Hunter's voice is pitch perfect."-The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"The boys' exaggerated escapades make for an appealing read-aloud as well as a successful summer read."-Kirkus Reviews


Download the Hunter Moran Series Educator's Guide featuring Common Core State Standards and questions for classroom discussion.

Patricia Reilly Giff is the author of many highly acclaimed books for children, including Lily's Crossing, a Newbery Honor Book and Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, Pictures of Hollis Woods, a Newbery Honor Book; and Don't Tell the Girls: A Family Memoir. She lives in Connecticut.