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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books (4 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857071955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857071958
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sarah is the author of Hunting Lila (winner of the Kingston Book Award), Losing Lila, Fated, The Sound, Out of Control and Conspiracy Girl (all Simon & Schuster).

Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home (a journey that was documented on the blog Can We Live here and which is shortly to be turned into a book).

After almost a year spent travelling the world, they settled in Bali where they lived for five beautiful years before the vagabonding urge became too great and they decided to embark on Can We Live Here part two. They are currently located somewhere between India, London, Canada and the US.

As well as writing young adult novels and screenplays, Sarah also writes adult fiction for Pan Macmillan (Simon & Schuster in the US) under the name Mila Gray.

Her first adult novel, Come Back To Me, was published in June 2014. The second, This One Moment, will be out in August 2015.

Sarah has co-written the Hunting Lila screenplay, which is currently in the early stages of production, and continues to blog about her life and travels.

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About the Author

Having spent most of her life in SE London, apart from uni in Bristol and a year in Italy, Sarah quit her job in the not for profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round-the-world trip with her husband and daughter, on a mission to find a new place to call home. After several months in India, Singapore, Australia and the US, they settled in Bali, where Sarah now spends her days writing by the pool. Hunting Lila is her first novel and she is currently working on the sequel. A new book, Fated, publishes in January.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Sept. 2011
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Lila has the power to move things using just her mind but it's an ability she doesn't have control over. In fact when someone attempts to mug her she finds out just how out of control she really is. Scared by what happened and that her secret will be revealed Lila wants nothing more than to see her brother Jack and his best friend Alex (who she has been secretly in love with for years). Taking a flight to California she is relieved to see them both but as she learns more about the job they do and who they work for a deeper mystery is revealed. Lila discovers there are others out there with abilities like hers and it looks like they are searching for her but why? Can Jack and Alex keep her safe?

It's hard to know where to start with this review so I'm just going to come out and say that I think Hunting Lila is one of the best debuts I've read this year. The story had me gripped from the first page and I was fascinated by the psychic abilities that Lila and the others have. The action starts early and pretty much from the beginning and doesn't let up until the last page, this really was one of those books you don't want to put down.

I loved Lila's character, she is quite young and immature to start with but she really grows throughout the story and has an inner strength to her that makes it easy to like her. Her big brother Jack is very protective of his little sister and wants what is best for her, their relationship comes across as very realistic and believable. I have to admit that my favourite thing about the story was the romance between Lila and Alex, I dare any girl to read this book and not end up with a new crush. Alex is completely swoonworthy - kind, caring, sexy as hell, motorbike riding and a military guy to boot - what more can a girl ask for?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sha on 7 Jan. 2012
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One of the best reads in a long time!
Sarah Alderson creates an epic story of love , power and action. From page one you are completely hooked!
After being mugged and discovering her unusual abitly , Lila travels to America to visit her brother and his best friend.When she doesnt get the welcome she hopes , maybe Jack ( her brother) has something to hide and her journey to discover the real world she lives will have you gripping your copy in excitement!
Don't hesitate , just buy.
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17-year-old Lila has two secrets she's prepared to take to the grave. The first is that she can move things just by looking at them. The second is that she's been in love with her brother's best friend, Alex, since forever.

After being involved in a mugging Lila races to where she feels safest, and flies from London to California and into the loving arms of her brother, Jack. Or at least that is how she sees it. What she finds is a relative who wants her out of his life as soon as possible. From the moment she arrives, Jack and Alex refuse to leave her alone. There is something wrong but unable to simply turn around and go home, she tries to find out exactly what the two of them do in their military unit and why there is a need for members of the unit to keep a close eye on her.

She is soon dragged into a supernatural battle between the unit and a group of individuals who are capable of using their minds just like her. Where is the line between good and evil and which side, if any, will Lila chose?

This book was on my TBR for quite a long time and I am just sorry it took me so long to get to. It caught me within the first line. We are thrown straight into action, at the very point that Lila is attacked and what she does to stop it. The writing flows well and I found I needed to know how things would develop for Lila, Jack and Alex. The characters are well defined, each bringing something to the story. There is action as well as romance which means there is something for everyone. With no really surprises here and nothing new when we think about the military, it still kept my interest and I read it in one sitting.
I have just ordered the second and will be reading that as soon as I get a chance.
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By Rashika on 31 Mar. 2013
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I wish I had picked this up sooner. Whenever I was searching through my recommendations, I would see this. I mean I only saw the cover so from the cover and the title I assumed this was about a girl running away and a bunch of people looking for her, I assumed it was a realistic fiction/contemporary. After a while though, I was like screw it, let's check what this is about because the cover allured me (I am such a cover whore). I am so glad though I did.. I read the summary and I felt as if this book had been written for me. I had been waiting for so long for something like this, I think this is what started my obsession with books that had humans with super powers and romances which involved falling in love with your older brother's best friend.

The only reason this book didn't get a five was because Lila could be a little obsessed with Alex. It annoyed me but I don't know, I am going to claim it was different in this case because I loved this book too much to concentrate on the one thing I didn't like.

Oh and hehe, this book has people running away in it. YAY! I love it when people are on the run, it's so exciting, because when I live their experience through the main character I can FEEL the thrill to it, the excitement. Okay so the plot was pure genius and absolutely fun. I am not going to say anything about it because I am not good with discussing my feelings about things that make me happy. The firsts are always closer to you. This book made the list of many firsts so I kind of love it, firsts in the YA genre anyway.

Oh yeah and this book is unpredictable as well, sometimes it is very easy to become predictable with a mystery/thriller. People start guessing stuff before it even happens and most of the times they are right.
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