Faced with a cold Saturday afternoon stuck at the Institute for Animal Research, Robbie is angry and frustrated at yet another weekend ruined by his father's job. Then a disturbing encounter in the animal house thrusts him into a perilous journey through the stunning but inhospitable landscape of a Highland winter; alone but for two enigmatic travelling companions.
Robbie's world implodes as he tries to make sense of a hostile environment, his old life slowly unravels, and a shocking realization emerges.
Winner of the Kelpies Prize 2007.
Publisher: Floris Books
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 185 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 15 mm
'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