Friday, March 25, 2011

Shadow Walkers

Title:
Shadow Walkers

Author:
Brent Hartinger

Publisher and Date:
Flux 2010

About the Author (Back of the Book):
Brent Hartinger is the acclaimed author of Geography Club and the recipient of a Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award, a GLAAD Media Award, a Lambda Award, and other honors. He teaches at Vermont College and is the founder and editor of the fantasy website http://www.thetorchonline.com/ .
Visit him online at http://www.brenthartinger.com/

Summary (Back of the Book):
Zach lives with his grandparents on a remote island in Puget Square in Washington State. With only his little brother, Gilbert, to keep him company, Zach feels cut off from the world. But when Gilber is kidnapped, Zach tries the only thing he can think of to find him: astral prokection. Soon, his spirit is soaring through the strange and boundless astral realm - a shadow place. While searching for his brother, Zach meets a boy named Emory, another astral traveler who's intriguing (and cute).
As Zach and Emory track the kidnappers from the astral realm, their bond grows - but each moment could be Gilbert's last. Even worse, there's a menacing, centuries-old creature in their midst that devours souls nd posses physical bodies. And it's hungry for Zach.
"I felt this wierd chill, so cold it made me gasp."

Rating:
4/5

My Thoughts:
Zach's parents died 2 years ago and ever since he's lived with his grandparents on a small island. Finding the island a trapped, boring place, he always turns to the internet. But when he gets his internet taken away for a week for not taking out the trash, he reads a book he finds in his room, his dad's old room. The book is about astral projection and how to get into the astral realm.
While Zach is on a rowboat, Gilbert gets kidnapped. After finding the internet to be of no help, he remembers about the astral realm and decides to give it a try, and it works. He compares the internet to the astral realm several times throughout his adventures, and his internet experiences seem to help him survive. There he meets Emory (who says "For the record" quite a lot!) and with his help, they find Gilbert and save his life.
It was a bit odd reading about Zach because he is gay and I've never read a book starring a homosexual person, but that didn't make the book any worse or better than if he had been straight. It was still a great book and I would definately recommend it.

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