Robbie is furious when he finds himself stuck at the Institute for Animal Research again yet another weekend ruined by his fathers job.
Then a disturbing encounter in the animal house
turns Robbies world upside down. He is thrust into a perilous journey through the harsh landscape of a Highland winter, accompanied by two unlikely and mysterious travelling companions
'I have never read anything like this before. I could not put this book down because I found it amazing. Annemarie Allan is an amazing writer. In the future I will absolutely read more of her novels.'
-- Nathalie Black, Queensferry High School, reporting for Teen Titles Magazine
'Hox is a breathlessly paced, action adventure, set, as all Kelpies Prize winning books have to be, in contemporary Scotland. An excellent debut novel by Annemarie Allan.'
-- Books for Keeps, May 2008
'This is a superb, intelligent and gripping novel. The strange bond between a boy and an animal draws you in and you will be desperate to know what happens next.'
-- John Baker, Waterstone's Guide to Children's Books
'Young readers will love this'
-- Stuart Peterson, The Greenock Telegraph
'The impressive details creates an atmosphere that is unmistakeably Scottish ... Touching on the complex topical issue of genetic engineering, this is a faced paced and intriguing adventure with a satisfying but simple plot and a pleasing, if predictable ending.'
'A satisfying resolution of mysteries and an easy-to-follow plot, suitable for animal lovers of 10 to 13.'
-- Alison A. Maxwell-Cox, The School Librarian, Spring 2008
'To find a plot which is politically correct and inclusive without being patronising, exciting for 8-12 year olds but acceptable to their grannies is a real challenge and 2007 Kelpies Prize winner has certainly met that challenge. Hox is science fiction, a mystery, an adventure, all rolled together through the world of genetic engineering.'
-- Suse Coon, Lothian Life