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Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter

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Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter

Scarlett Hart is a young monster hunter who is the daughter of deceased prominent monster hunters. With the help of her trusted butler and guardian, Napoleon White, Scarlet hunts down beasties that the Royal Academy for the Pursuit and Eradication of Zoological Eccentricities (known to hunters as the Academy or T.R.A.P.E.Z.E.) permits hunters to capture for a reward. But Scarlett can’t claim any of the fame or reward purely for herself since she’s underage and when her parent’s (and now her) arch-rival threatens to expose her to the Academy, Scarlett must not only save the city from his evil plans but her home as well!

"SCARLETT HART was funny and inventive, featuring characters full of life and bravery, along with some creatively drawn monsters."

Marcus Sedgewick is best known for his great novels and short story collections --- MIDWINTERBLOOD is one --- so I was happily surprised to find his name on a graphic novel. SCARLETT HART was funny and inventive, featuring characters full of life and bravery, along with some creatively drawn monsters.

Scarlett reminded me a little of another famous orphan named Annie. Maybe it was her "Leaping lizards!" exclamation at the beginning of the book, or that she has red hair and is an orphan. Either way, her spunkiness was definitely familiar to the little orphan girl we know and love.

There were a few corny moments that took me out of reading and things I wish we could have gotten a little bit more of. For example, I love the relationship between Napoleon White, Mrs. White and Scarlett, and was excited to see a whole group of monster hunters who had been friends with Scarlett’s parents. I just wanted more of them! Maybe in a sequel or follow up, readers will get to see more of Scarlett's relationships and past.  Overall, though, this book has a lot of heart and is a fun delight!

I think this book will appeal especially to reluctant readers and will delight graphic novel fans (especially fans of the Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi and anything by Hope Larson)!

Reviewed by Brianna Robinson on April 24, 2018

Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter
by Marcus Sedgwick and Thomas Taylor