At school in the 21st century, students study zoology through computer "sims", a virtual reality where they interface with an animal's brain under controlled conditions. Prem thinks sims are great, but for Hobie the Boy Genius they are too safe - he can do better. His wild experiment takes them both out of the lab and into a desperate real-life struggle for survival.
Dave Luckett (born 1951) is an Australian children's writer born in Stanmore, New South Wales. He has written three non-fiction books about cricket and medieval weapons and armor. He has also written three series of fantasy books as well as a number of standalone fantasy books. One of the series, The Rhianna Chronicles, has been reprinted in the United States and Poland. His A Dark Winter won the Aurealis Award for best fantasy novel in 1998.
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