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WOLVEN

By Di Toft

Age Range: 10 - 13

Pub Date: June 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-545-17109-0
Publisher: Chicken House/Scholastic

The hamlet of Temple Gurney seems ordinary enough—discounting the odd witch, spooky woods and old manor house with a supersecret laboratory. Oh yes, and the local werewolves, or “lycans,” as they prefer to be called, since “werewolf” is so prejudicial. Also inaccurate, as young Nat discovers when he’s given Woody, a scruffy white dog who turns out to have the outrageously exciting ability to transform himself into a friendly (if naked and drooly) boy. Woody may be the last of the Wolven, a noble clan of shapeshifters driven to the verge of extinction by the Proteus Project, a series of vicious lab experiments designed to upgrade the regular brand of werew-, er, lycans into superwarriors. He’s actually an escapee, and the rough bully that Nat and Woody instantly attract turns out to be little more than a distraction once they find themselves pursued by ominous black cars and large, hairy goons. Still, as Toft puts it, “when the astonishing happens, you just get on with it,” and so she does, briskly folding magic and slapstick into a madcap scramble that leaves both the manor and the Proteus Project in ruins. Expect sequels. (Fantasy. 10-13)