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.
Top Ten Knights (fictional and or real)
1. Sir Hugues de Payens - Founder of the Knights Templar (and secret founder of the Black Watch, the original monster hunters.)
2. Sir Jacques de Molay - the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar. He was burned at the stake on Friday the 13th which is why we still view Friday the 13th as an unlucky day. History records his death as the result of political conflicts after the Templars grew too powerful, but in reality the Lord of the Creach, Ren Lucre, manipulated the French king to kill his adversary. Jack Templar was named after Jacques de Molay.
3. King Arthur - possibly the coolest knight around.
4. Aragon - Ranger and rightful King of Gondor in the Lord Of The Rings. What's not to like about a knight who turns away power and has an Eleven Princess girlfriend?
5. Sir Percivale - Central to the search for the Holy Grail, he didn't have the flash of Galahad or Lancelot, but he always got the job done.
6. Sir Lancelot du Lac - Sure there was that whole thing with the Queen, but overall Lancelot was one tough guy...and he made up for things in the end.
7. Sir William Wallace - Led a rebellion in Scotland...and got Mel Gibson an Oscar.
8. Sir Roland - Yep, the famous poem The Song Of Roland was about a real knight....named Roland.
9. Sir Galahad - The illegitimate son of Sir Lancelot, he was to become the greatest knight in the world and the one knight worthy of attaining the grail.
10. Sir Rodrigo Diaz - Better known as "El Cid", he was the famous Spanish knight who created his own kingdom after being exiled from the Emperor's court.
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.
"Gunhus brings young readers a monster-filled romp to read at their own risk. In the first few pages, Jack, the storyteller and main character, warns readers not to read about these real-world monsters that would seem to only exist in fiction. The tone is set--sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek and likable; rooting for Jack is easy...Gunhus masterfully introduces fully realized characters with whom readers can connect almost instantly. The pacing is quick but not rushed, and events seamlessly progress, complete with action, cliff-hangers and surprise reveals. "
Watch out Percy Jackson here comes Jack Templar
Move over Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, there's a new kid in town - Jack Templar, and he will take you on a wonderful adventure of good vs evil, with friends and enemies at every turn. The twists and turns keep the reader on a roller coaster of entertainment in the way of JK Rowling and Rick Riordan. ~ Penny Brein
Fast paced adventure through and through
Written for middle school aged students, this book is action-packed from the beginning and will hold the attention of young readers. Not only that, as an adult reader, it was hard to put down, so parents will enjoy it as an easy read. ~ bluejellybean
Kids will love it!
Not only will kids love it, adults will too! I don't want to give the plot away but this is a book worth reading. This book is creatively written drawing in the reader to be a participant in the story. There is lots of action with enough blood and guts to be interesting without being gross. Girls will like it too with the strong female role models and the hint of romance. Even though this is a children's book, I couldn't put it down. I will definitely be adding this to my classroom library. I am looking forward to reading the book in this series and sharing it with my students. Awesome book! ~ pixiep
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