Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy (Book 2)
After barely surviving the onslaught of monsters that tried to kill him the day before his fourteenth birthday, Jack Templar leaves his hometown on a quest to rescue his father and discover the truth about his past. Joined by his friends Will and T-Rex, and led by Eva, the mysterious one-handed monster hunter, Jack sets out for the Monster Hunter Academy where he hopes to find answers to his questions. Little does he suspect that the Academy is filled with dangers of its own, many of them more terrifying than anything he’s faced so far.
Jack Templar: Monster Hunter
Orphan Jack Templar has no memory of his parents and only the smallest details from his Aunt Sophie about how they died. The day before Jack’s fourteenth birthday, things start to change for him. At first it’s great: A sudden new strength helps him defend his nose-picking friend “T-Rex” from the school bully, and even his crush, Cindy Adams, takes notice. But then a mysterious girl named Eva arrives and tells him two facts that will change his life forever. First, that he’s the descendent of a long line of monster hunters and he’s destined to be in the family business. Second, that there’s a truce between man and monster that children are off-limits…until their fourteenth birthday! Jack has only one day before hundreds of monsters will descend on his little town of Sunnyvale and try to kill him.
As if that weren’t enough, things get even more complicated when Jack discovers that the Lord of the Creach (as the monsters are collectively known) holds a personal grudge against him and will do anything to see that Jack has a slow and painful death. To stay alive and save his friends, Jack will have to battle werewolves, vampires, harpies, trolls, zombies and more. But perhaps the most dangerous thing he must face is the truth about his past. Why do the other hunters call him the last Templar? Why do they whisper that he may be the “One?” Why do the monsters want him dead so badly? Even as these questions plague him, he quickly discovers survival is his new full-time job and that in the world of monster hunters, nothing is really what it seems.
Awards for Jack Templar Monster Hunter
Book of the Year Finalist by Forward Magazine
Indie Excellence Finalist
Parents Choice Recommended Book Award
Author Jeff Gunhus
Jeff Gunhus grew up in Cyprus, Greece, and Saudi Arabia where there was a distinct lack of television. He quickly found books were the gateway to incredible adventures, fascinating characters and unbelievable discoveries. Now, with five children of his own (all who watch too much television, in his opinion), he has enjoyed revisiting his old books and reliving those adventures all over again.
Five Tips To Encourage Kids To Be Great Readers This Summer
When I sat down to write Jack Templar Monster Hunter, I had no intention of it ever being read outside of my own family. I was simply trying to get my reluctant reader son excited about book and I figured a fantasy novel filled with action and adventure where he was the hero would do the trick.
Now, less than a year later, I’m celebrating Book #2 hitting the Amazon bestseller lists in its category and I’m simply amazed at the accolades Book #1 continues to receive. (Most recently as a Parents’ Choice Recommended Book Award winner!)
Most importantly, my son is now an avid reader!
In order to keep the momentum going, my wife and I put our heads together and came up with a place of attack to encourage our two boys to read great books this summer.
1) Create a goal. The number of books will depend your reader and the types of books they like, but choose a tangible number to strive toward.
2) Be open to fun books. Don’t force Dostoevsky on your 11 year old. Give them free-range to pick books they will love.
3) Celebrate every finished book. Ice cream always works in my family. Then have the person give an informal book report to the rest of the family at dinner. (PS: Everyone gets the treat – this encourages kids to push their siblings to read more.)
4) Do a book exchange. Offer some of your favorite books and be open to theirs. This is how I ended up reading The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books (awesome) and how my son ended up reading Call of the Wild.
5) Create a family book club. I wouldn’t do it with every book as people have different reading speeds, but pick 2-3 cool books for the summer. If you’re really feeling like an over-achiever, invite your kids friends into it and create a real book club.
I’d love to hear any ideas you have to great avid summer readers. Leave a comment! Thanks and enjoy of summer of great books.
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