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  Book: The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer
Updated 26 July 2004, 10.35

Eoin Colfer - The Supernaturalist
Published 3 June (hardback)

Pages: 291

The plot: It's the future. Cosmo Hill, 14, escapes from the orphanage where he lives and meets a trio of kids called the Supernaturalists who save him from the very bad injuries he gets during his escape. They take him in and he joins their fight against nasty little creatures that seem to be sucking energy from people when they are hurt.

The characters: The hero is an orphan called Cosmo Hill. He hooks up with three other kids Stefan, Ditto and Mona, all with interesting reasons why they battle the creatures.

Highlights: It's set in a really exciting futuristic world. The supernaturalists use lots of cool gadgets to help them fight the creatures. There are some good twists and turns in the late stages of the story.

Any weak bits? After being used to Artemis Fowl it's a bit weird getting used to a new character and world. It's also not got the humour of the Artemis Fowl books.

Unputdownable? It's good, but not that good.

Nr rating:

Rating: Four out of five

Have YOU read this book?

I think it was better than Artemis Fowl because the plot changes so many times. Also the gadgets are cooler.
Andrew, 11, Norway

I like it because it really makes you think about what's going to happen in the future and how we can prevent what's happening now from turning into even bigger problems.
Lizzy, 14, Ipswich

I think it was really good, but I like Artemis Fowl better.
Sarah, 14, Southampton

This book has a rollercoaster of a plot and is really emotional at the end. Although it lacks the snap crackle and pop, that makes the Artemis Fowl books great.
Hayden, 14, Birmingham

This book has been unfairly compared to Artemis Fowl by a lot of readers. It is an entirely different novel. There are a couple of in jokes for those who have read the Fowl books, some of the items used and some of the same names crop up here. It is good to see such a good author branching out even further. A gripping read.
Caz, 14, Perth

This book is very good, not as good as the eternity code, but still awesome.
Joe, 15, Tonbridge

I loved the Artemis Fowl books, and also The Wish List, and this one is completely different to those, but in a good way. I really, really liked it!
Briony, 13, Chesterfield

I do not believe that this should be compared to Artemis Fowl, as it is a whole different style, but it is just as gripping.
Tom, 13, Manchester

It was good but it was sad at the end. I agree with the fact that it was difficult to get used to after reading the Artemis Fowl books. I would say that is wasn't as good as the Artemis Fowl books but it's still good.
Alice, 14, Croydon

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