The Hunt Is On

Book 1

From the Series Seekers of the Aweto

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

Xinyue, his brother Qiliu, and their mother are seekers, hunting aweto—a rare, plantlike treasure—along the legendary Silk Road. After one outing, Xinyue discovers the offspring of a deity that creates aweto—and becomes the little creature’s reluctant caretaker. He soon struggles to keep it safe and keep it a secret. And that’s before he learns that warriors from the deity’s village are on his family’s tail…

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Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Graphic Novels, Young Adult
Category Diverse Books: #OwnVoices, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diversity
Copyright 2021
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 136
Publication Date 2021-03-02
Text Type Fiction—Science Fiction/Fantasy
BISACS YAF010100, YAF024030, YAF018020
Dewey 741.5/973
Dimensions 7.5 x 10.5
Lexile 290
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author, Illustrator: Nie Jun

Nie Jun began drawing at an early age by copying lianhuanhua (Chinese sequential art). He later discovered the cartooning legends of Europe, Japan, and elsewhere. He lives in Beijing and teaches drawing to university students.


  • Global Literature in Libraries Translated YA Book Prize, Short-listed, 2022


Shelf Awareness

“[B]alances dynamic action sequences with a nuanced exploration of environmental commodification and resource scarcity.”—Shelf Awareness


“An enchanting, beautifully crafted adventure for children and adults alike.”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“Jun’s delicate watercolors practically sing in their movement and detail. An exciting story with dreamlike illustrations.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Packed with action and intrigue.”—Kirkus Reviews