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Annemarie Allan


Range: Kelpies Paperback 192 pages 198 x 130 mm ISBN: 9780863156212 Publication date: 18th October 2007
Genre: Adventure and Thriller Theme: Prize Winners Ideal for ages: 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12

Robbie is furious when he finds himself stuck at the Institute for Animal Research again — yet another weekend ruined by his father’s job.

Then a disturbing encounter in the animal house
turns Robbie’s 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 ... a fast 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

'Hox is science fiction, a mystery, an adventure, all rolled together through the world of genetic engineering.'
-- Suse Coon, Lothian Life



Annemarie Allan studied at Stirling University and worked as a teacher and librarian near London. Returning to Scotland, she took up a post at the Scottish Arts Council, and started writing fantasy and science fiction for children in her spare time. Her novels Breaker, Hox…

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