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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 (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,308 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.


You can find her on Facebook, Twitter and at www.sarahalderson.com.


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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debora on 6 Oct. 2013
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This has been in my bookshelf for quite some time, and it shouldn't have! The blurb made it interesting enough to buy but apparently not interesting enough to read immediately, which is a shame. This books blew my expectations big time!

I love how Lila's abilities is a part of her and not this big weird thing that's somehow talked about in a different sense than she is. It's as natural as breathing, for her and for me. She has superpowers, so what? Completely normal. She's an all around very lovable character, she has her strengths and her flaws. She stubborn to the point where it puts her in danger but she's strong enough to handle it. Also, she's in love with her brother's best friend, which could either be the best thing that's ever happened to her or it could end in complete devastation.

Let me just say, I sooo get why she love him. He has everything you could ever want in a guy except one thing. Flaws. I wouldn't want a completely perfect boyfriend, wouldn't that make me feel inferior in every way? Anyhow, while reading, I can completely overlook that. I mean, he's gorgeous. And awesome. See my point? I totally get why she loves him.

This book has an intriguing plot, a little bit of love, a whole lot of action and superawesome humans, what's not to love?

As a completely irrelevant side note, can I just say that that both the cover and Sarah are gorgeous? No? Oh, okay. Did it anyway.
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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.
( 12 + book)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MaryEvelyn on 30 Sept. 2014
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A blogger friend suggested this book series to me. After reading the blurb, I was concerned that this book was geared towards the YA crowd. "Not true!" said my friend. "It appeals to all." I figured ok because said friend has great taste in literature. After all, I do follow Sarah Alderson's blog and I love her writing style. She does write the funniest things that are clever and interesting. However, I've never read any of her books. (Alderson has quite a few published books.) Goodreads gave Hunting Lila 4 stars. I purchased the book. Let me just say this: It would be totally unfair of me, the UNintended reader, to give an honest review. I'm WAY TO OLD for this genre. It is possible, if I were much younger, to see the interest in this book series. It does have an interesting concept. But I'm going to refrain from further review. Age is a factor here. Youth is required to enjoy this one. I WILL wait for Alderson to write a book geared towards the non-YA crowd. I really hope she does.
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Hunting Lila – Sarah Alderson

“He who fears to suffer, suffers from fear…”

Lila Loveday has two secrets that she would rather die than share. The first is that she is in love with her best friend’s brother, Alex, the second is that she can move objects just by looking at them. After a mugging exposes her unique yet dangerous ability, Lila runs from her home in London to the only people she can trust – her brother Jack and Alex. Once there she discovers they are working for an undercover military organisation called the Unit, there they are hunting down the men that had killed her mother years before. But now they’ve found them. After discovering this revelation, Lila also finds out there are other people like her – people with special powers – and her mother’s murderer is one of them and now they want to find her.

From the very first chapter Hunting Lila is an exciting read. Its premise seems to be replicated by many young adult authors but instead Alderson makes this novel completely unique. The action is fast paced, thrilling and ultimately gripping. It is well executed and completely drives the narrative forward as each plot twist is unravelled and revealed to the reader, making you breathless as you furiously turn the pages demanding more and more. The paranormal section of the novel was also brilliant; instead of being cliché it was entertaining. At times it was humorous but also dark as each character was pushed to the limits of their abilities and choices.

Sarah Alderson creates not only a fantastic narrative but also sophisticated characters. The protagonist, Lila Loveday, was a pleasure to read. Her thoughts, actions and dialogue were incredibly three dimensional and realistic.
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