Hunter's Heart

  • Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

Simon, age 14, is obsessed with weaponry, survival tactics, and hunting. Against his mother’s wishes, he secretly orders a BB gun over the Internet and begins to practice with it. During a long, hot summer, he discovers a new obsession: Leah, the older girl next door. To her, he’s little more than a “project,” but their relationship intensifies. Meanwhile, Simon’s mother has started a mortifying affair with his art teacher, Matt. When Simon realizes that Leah has begun modeling semi-nude for Matt, he snaps and makes use of his gun. The results are deadly, leaving Simon with a new understanding of himself and his capacity for violence.

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Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Young Adult
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Publication Date 2007-01-01
BISACS YAF058270, YAF037000, YAF058040
Dewey [Fic]
ATOS Reading Level 3.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 113078
Accelerated Reader® Points 9.0
Features Reviewed


The Horn Book Guide

“A turbulent look at how one youth turns to violence as a way of gaining control.”
The Horn Book Guide


“This is a compelling coming-of-age story as Simon faces who he is becoming and makes some life-altering decision.”

School Library Journal

“Like many 14-year-old boys, Simon is fascinated by weapons and wilderness survival, but his fascination transcends the norm and his obsession with hunting fills the early pages of the novel with a powerful sense of foreboding. . . the compelling characters and story will keep readers interested.”
School Library Journal

Author: Julia Green