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The Hunt for the Seventh

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,445 Ratings  ·  325 Reviews
A haunted mansion. Six dead children. A garden of statues.

With every step he takes around the carefully manicured grounds of Minerva Hall, Jim is haunted by the ghosts of children, long dead, whom no one else can see. Urging him to "find the Seventh," the children leave him cryptic clues pointing to a devastating ancient prophecy that only he can stop from being fulfilled.
Hardcover, 273 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Oct 08, 2010 Ryn rated it it was ok
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Oct 02, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it

Do you like scary or spooky ghost stories that freak you out? Then you would really love this one!
***Spoiler Alert*** This Book will get you thinking about what will happen next you wont be able to put it down. In this Fantasy book I liked the way the author Christine Morton Shawn makes me feel like I am there in the book with the characters and experiencing the events going on in the book. This book is one of my top favorite book because it has all what I look for in a book.

The book takes place
10-11 Hannah
Dec 09, 2010 10-11 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Are ghost real? Can a statue tell a story? Jim and his sister Sadie are getting over their mother's death. Their father makes them move to a scary mansion called Minavera Hall, where Jim's father will become the head gardener. But Jim thinks that he is being watched but children who have been dead for almost 100 years. I've read this once and loved it but it just didnt keep my attention.
Francisco Rivera
Jan 17, 2014 Francisco Rivera rated it really liked it
Do you like suspenseful books in which they keep you reading? If so i would recommend you to read The Hunt for the Seventh. The genre of this book is mystery and fiction. In my opinion I believe this book was really good. It kept me reading till the end.
The Hunt for the Seventh takes place in Minerva Hall. Minerva Hall is a mansion with a very large backyard. The time this book takes place is in is around the 1990s. The type of conflict of this book is person vs person. Since Jim has to discov
Jan 20, 2014 Azalia rated it really liked it
*******spoiler alert********

Have you ever wonder if one day you would be the chosen one to find a secret or something? Adventure,mystery, and realistic fiction is the genre of this book. I thought this book was awesome but at the same time I thought that it was kind of kind of because some parts were kind of not really needed in the book.

The setting of this book takes place in the Minerva hall. Jim was Is the main character of the book cause his the one that is chosen to find the seventh whic
Mar 05, 2011 Marquisrs rated it it was amazing
Reading this book I felt a mixture of emotions. Since the plot and background of the book are stated early, I began to make predictions as to what I thought would happen. The plot was basically about a young boy named Jim who has lost his mother and moved to a huge, creepy estate with his father and sister. Knowing the background of the main character helped me get a feel for why he dealt with certain things the way he did. One of these things was the interaction with the many ghosts in the esta ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Jim has moved to Minerva Hall with his father and sister. His mother has recently died, and in order to overcome the family's grief, his father has accepted a position as Head Gardener. But from the first day, life at Minerva Hall is far from normal.

While touring the grounds, Jim hears a voice whisper in his ear, "Find the Seventh." No one else has heard the ghostly voice, but Jim believes it. He is convinced someone has died there. But he can't tell his d
Juan Pantoja
Nov 17, 2013 Juan Pantoja rated it really liked it
Would you like to go on a hunt for clues and dead people? Then you should read The hunt for the seventh.The genre is Mystery and its a fiction book.WHen I was reading this book I thougth that it was so interestin that I couldn't put the book down. ***SPOILER ALERT***

The setting of the book takes place in England at a kingdom called Minerva Hall. The book doesn't say what year it is in the story, but there was a rubix cube and camera's in the book so I'm guessing its the year 2000. Jim (main char
Shelley Coughlin Porter
Nov 13, 2008 Shelley Coughlin Porter rated it really liked it
The concept of this book intrigued me from the start. Jim has recently moved to an estate with his father, who is the new Head Gardener, and his sister. His mother has recently passed away and moving to this giant estate, where people come to get guided tours of the house and the grounds, is the family’s way of making a new start.

This all seems pretty promising until Jim starts seeing and hearing creepy things all around the estate. Eventually he finds himself in the middle of a mystery dating b
Dec 30, 2008 Beth rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-novel
Poor James just can't get a break. His mother recently passed away, his Dad is distant, his sister is the charming one, his family had to move to the crummy part of manor house for his Dad's new job, and to top it all off, he's hearing voices and seeing dead people. James quickly discovers that 6 children have died on the property and to his dismay, they're trying to tell him something. The ghostly images of the ugly eyeless old woman don't help him out either. James feels compelled to discover ...more
May 23, 2016 Meredithhubrich rated it did not like it
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Harold Smithson (Suicide punishable by Death)
I occasionally like to do a bit of light reading here and there, so I decided to sit down and read a book that I'd picked up at a library sale. I wasn't expecting it to be a masterpiece by any stretch of the word, but I was hoping for something at least functionally entertaining. Unfortunately, The Hunt for the Seventh wasn't even that.

The main character didn't seem to do much in the story. It felt like he was shepherded from place to place, making connections between clues and areas, walking th
Feb 10, 2014 Havityia rated it liked it
Jim, his sister, and his father are moving to the mysterious Minerva manor as a second chance. His mother has just passed away. He's unhappy there, in the stuffy old manor, with a Lord Minerva who seems out to get him. Then things get even worse when a voice whispers to him: "Find the seventh." Joined by Lord Minerva's autistic son, who seems to know everything, he must figure out who the seventh is, before time runs out.

First off, in many places, the story seemed similar to a video game. You kn
Mar 15, 2016 Areeba rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had interesting parts but overall it was kind of all over the place which made it bland rather than exciting. It prob would've helped the story if Jim had a friend he went on the adventure with (Einstein wasn't always there so he doesn't count so much) because it would've made the exciting parts more dynamic, vs Jim just figuring everything out in his head. Also, at the end when all the puzzle pieces finally fell into place, the writing became intolerably condescending. And by that I m ...more
Feb 16, 2014 Dalilah rated it liked it
Everyone likes creepy books right? Well mostly, but if you do this is the book just for you. This book is a Fantasy and Non-Fiction since there is ghosts for some of the characters. To me the book was'nt all that good, but it was ok. It's surprising at parts of the story, but to me I just did'nt seem to like it all that much. But anyways that was MY opinion, so maybe you'll like it, you never know.

Jim and his father and sister live at Minerva Hall. And Jim's mother had died from an illness. The
Megan Suchodolski
This book was good. Its another creepy book. This one also sent chills to my back. Its about a young boy who is being followed around by ghost. Only he can see them no one else.The ghost tell him that he needs to fidn the 7th.Jim has no clue what this means.But he better find out. If he doesnt inoccent people will die. So Jim goes around looking for clues. He ask the ghost children if they can give him hints. They just disapper when he asks.
Mar 27, 2014 Daisy rated it really liked it
Have you been on a search to find someone or some thing? Well in this book Jim is willing to go on an adventure to find the Seventh. The genre of this book is mystery.
I thought this book was mysterious and amazing. I really liked this book cause if the mystery.

This book takes place Minerva Hall and the town. Jim wants be able to find the Seventh but his dad!Sally,Minerva and Mrs. Benson keep getting in his way so he has to sneak out without anyone knowing then that way he could be able to find
May 17, 2014 Jose rated it it was ok

Do you like mysterious,Spooky,adventure books? If you do you should try reading this book. The genre of this book is Mystery and Fantasy. I did not like this book because it was boring he kept witnessing the same thing and had to keep on sneaking out to find the clues.
The setting of this book takes place in Minerva, and in the town. Jim's mom died so Jim his sister Sally and his dad Move to Ancient Minerva. So as soon as he gets there some ghosts keep on whispering to h
Kat Heckenbach
Feb 13, 2013 Kat Heckenbach rated it liked it
A pretty well-written middle grade ghost story with a bit of mystery. I liked the characters and thought the premise was interesting. There was a bit too much convenience of circumstance, but overall a decent read. I passed it on to my 12 yr old son--we'll see what he thinks :).
Sep 09, 2014 Jaquelin rated it really liked it
I honestly love this book it's a horror and kinda mysterious. So far of what I have read it's about this boy named Jim and his sister named Sally. There dad got a job at this garden in Minerva Hall Jim doesn't have a good feeling about living there. Soon he is haunted by the ghost of children, later on he heard a girls voice whisper to his ear "find the seventh". Basically there's 6 children who have died there in Minerva Hall and they all try to give him clues pointing to a devastating ancient ...more
Alissa smith
May 13, 2011 Alissa smith rated it it was amazing
it was very mysterios and intense i liked it very much the i liked most most about it was that it had alot of [eople in it that u had 2 learn about
Well, my enjoyment of this book has certainly gone down since I read this. maybe I matured? or I've just watched to many horror films? either way, it's now only two stars. it would be only one, but I just loved Einstein to pieces, so he saved it from me totally hating it.

Ok, so, my main three issues, since I have to keep this review brief.

1. fate being left but to children. fuck. that. shit. I am more than aware that this is a kids' book, but COME THE FUCK ON! if blind meg and had brains in her
Carls Mitchell
Apr 14, 2014 Carls Mitchell rated it really liked it
Hunt For a Good Book
Are you on the hunt for a good book? Then I would recommend this book. I read the book Hunt for the Seventh by Christine Morton-Shaw. This mysteriously fun book was published by Katherine Tegan Books. The main characters in this book are a 12 year old boy named Jim, his wise beyond her years sister, Sal, his father who is head gardener at Minerva Hall in Great Britain, and Einstein - an odd, smart, autistic boy with the same age as Jim who is supposed to be at boarding schoo
Nov 27, 2009 Breanna rated it liked it
The hunt for the seventh by Christine Morton-Shaw is a story about a young boy named Jim, his sister and seven spirits that haunt him. The first whisper he hears says find the seventh! In this story Jim discovers a ancient prophecy. Since the back of the book is the part everyone reads this is it - With every step he takes around the carefully manicured grounds of Minerva Hall, Jim is haunted by the ghosts of children, long dead, whom no one else can see. Urging him to "find the seventh," the ch ...more
Michelle Randall
I picked this book up at my kids school book fair, because it was on sale, and it sounded interesting.

The reading level is probably that of a middle school aged child, but I still was able to read and enjoy the book.

Jim, his sister Sally, and their Dad move into a large estate where dad is going to be the head gardener, and they will live in the old servant quarters of the estate, the South Turret to be exact. The Master of the estate, whom they call "his nibs" or "nibs" is a very old gentleman
Sep 06, 2013 Theresa rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-ghost-story
After their father takes a new job as head gardener at England’s Minerva Hall, Jim and his sister, Sal, find themselves in the perfect setting for a ghost story. After all, a stately home, a garden maze, and a ruined chapel are bound to harbor a few ghosts. Then Jim discovers that Minerva children throughout the years have died in freakish accidents, and, assisted by a mysterious child named Einstein, he witnesses reenactments of their deaths. The creep factor is compounded by the malevolent Lor ...more
Oct 26, 2010 Adela rated it it was amazing
the book "the hunt for the seventh" is a very spine chilling book. its about this small family that move into this HUGE castle with a butler and waitress and everything you could dream of but the young boy has been seeing past deaths of the seven children that lived before him in the castle. he keeps feeling someones watching him and someone is always whispering "find the seventh!" and when he turns no one is ever there. there are over 100 status around his castle. also something very scary whic ...more
Apr 12, 2012 Mara rated it really liked it
Caution: this is a book you don't want to read at night, unless you want to be seriously spooked. This is a ghost story that stood my hair on end more than once, and it was awesome. Different from "The Riddles of Epsilon," it still retains all of those elements that I loved about that book. Clues, riddles, a chilling mystery, ancient folklore, a sense of urgency, and quirky characters that always seem to live in small towns and villages.

It's hard to compare "The Hunt for the Seventh" to "The Rid
Jona Cannon
May 01, 2011 Jona Cannon rated it it was ok
Young Jim Brown and his sister Sal, move to Minerva Hall when their father takes a job there as the new head gardener. After the loss of their mother, the whole family needs a new start to help them through their grief. When Jim encounters an autistic boy his own age they discover that Minerva Hall holds some very dark secrets. If explored, they might jeopardize not only Mr. Browns new job, but also the lives of all who live in the nearby village. The dead have something to say... and Jim is lis ...more
Kristina Pringle
Aug 07, 2011 Kristina Pringle rated it liked it
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