When a pack of lycanthropes kidnap his girlfriend, a teenage nerd/newbie werewolf must harness his newfound superpowers to save her life.
Cody Forester plans to become a doctor. Instead, he becomes a werewolf. The first time Cody shows fang and fur, his parents ship him off to live with his black sheep uncle. His revised career choice is social hermit. As the new kid, he makes more enemies than friends. His high school teachers label him a troublemaker. The whole town hates him.
Except Brittany. She's beautiful, with her eyes painted black and her lips dark purple. When Brittany discovers his secret, she tries to cure him using crystals, candles, and magic potions. Cody falls head-over-tails in love, but he can never tell her. Girls like her aren't for him. He's the amazing wolf boy. Astound your family and mystify your friends.
While Cody moons over Brittany, a murderous pack of lycanthropes howl into town. They want Cody to join them. When he refuses, they kidnap Brittany and threaten to kill her at moonrise. Cody must master his untried superpowers or the girl he loves dies. Can he defeat the pack and save both their lives?
©2014 Roxanne Smolen (P)2016 Roxanne Smolen
Ray Porter for President. Because then teleprompter speeches would be boring no more!
“The Amazing Wolf Boy” is an exciting and impressively-constructed werewolf tale for teenagers, a kind of supernatural, coming-of-age tale in other words. I especially recommend this one for fans of underdogs (wolves?). Originally published in 2011 but only now made available as an audiobook, this smart, suspenseful young adult novel has proved that it has real staying power. “Wolf Boy” is just the first in a series of four novels following the adventures of its titular hero, Cody “just-your-average-teen” Forrester and his smart and sexy girlfriend, Brittany. Currently, all four Cody & Brittany adventures are available as a box set, but so far only this one is available as an audiobook. The story is bolstered by the choice of narrators, longtime theater veteran, Danny Randerson, who hits all the right notes and turns in an outstanding performance.
Other than a few “bad words,” I see nothing preventing me from recommending this book for long, family road trips. The young-romance elements, for example, are heartwarmingly cute and charming rather than dripping with saccharine or, worse, edging into uncomfortable vulgarity. The book does contain violence, but the vast majority is of the comic book variety, exciting and colorfully rendered, but unlikely to traumatize teenage listeners. Still, as the story progresses, be prepared for a bit more realistic portrayals, but such scenes, I would argue, are dramatically necessary and lend unexpected gravity to the proceedings.
Ultimately, the tone of the novel may be somewhat grittier than one might expect from children’s literature. Readers may be reminded of Robert Cormier’s “The Chocolate War” and the way it exposes the ugliness of high school bullying. Steven Gould’s original “Jumper” novel, about an underdog who gains extraordinary powers, might also come to mind. Yet, “Wolf Boy” departs from such direct comparisons in the long run by depicting young characters who are less abandoned, more empowered, and as a result, less fragile. As the new kid in a small-town high school, Cody struggles with considerable challenges and obstacles, and here the book shines, allowing readers to experience the vicarious thrill of unleashing super strength and dexterity upon heartless bullies. In this way, the novel practically vibrates with the delicious intensity of wish-fulfillment, yet it avoids devolving into an unchecked revenge fantasy as Cody learns the value of taking the high road. This line between reckless revenge and wise restraint is a thin one, but somehow author Roxanne Smolen manages to make walking it look easy.
If this is your first encounter with the author’s work, it may interest you to know that her background is fairly inspiring, and she has had to overcome quite a few substantial obstacles in life, including physical setbacks that would cause many to give up. Smolen has persevered, however, and this goes a long way towards explaining the wisdom and joy inherent in her books.
The narration was engaging and entertaining and the storytelling superb! The narrator gave rich and distinct life to each character. He kept us on the edge of our seats the whole time. I highly recommend this audiobook!
Wow so well written from the stand point of a teen aged boy as well as a new young wolf.
The reading was so smooth, I was able to get engrossed in the book without realizing someone else was involved, and I love narrators that can let the book shine as it is.
I laughed a lot during this book, having just raised teen boys it was so reflective of the way I have seen them trip over their tongues as well as their big feet. And the scene where he is getting ready to go to his girl friends for Easter dinner could not have been funnier especially when he tried on his clothes.
I can not thank the author and narrator enough for the ability to enjoy this book, listening to my books is such an important part of my life these days.
This is listed as a young adult novel, but I (a 72-year-old) enjoyed it thoroughly. The story of Cody, whose life seems to be ruined when he discovers he's a werewolf at the age of sixteen, is full of twists and surprises, yet it flows smoothly. The action is fast-paced and the characters, including the minor ones of Grandpa Earl and Ef the jock, are well-rounded and believable. Cody and Brittany are sympathetic and realistic teenagers. Smolen makes their paranormal adventures seem real. Danny Randerson's reading is also excellent. He uses different accents, intonations and timbres to make the characters come to life. I started listening to it in my car and didn't want the drive to end because I'd have to pause the book until I got inside. Highly recommended.
This was an excellent listen. The pace was steady and the narration was perfect. It was a different take on the standard werewolf story, a little funny, a little sad and with enough danger to keep it interesting.
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