Sammy Feral is a lucky boy. His family run a zoo and so he spends his spare time hanging out with orangutans, crocodiles and snakes. But his luck has just run out - his entire family has been infected with a werewolf virus!
Now his mum, dad and sisters are howling at the moon, craving raw meat and, worst of all, trying to infect Sammy! Luckily, Donny and Red - a crack team who investigate animals that don't exist - are on hand to help. But with an evil professor determined to take over Feral Zoo and no known cure for the virus, things aren't looking good for Sammy!
My boys (aged 6 & 8) are big fans of werewolf fiction (try the Beastly Boys series) but this is the first book we've come across where turning into a werewolf is a BAD thing. Generally you go hairy and get superpowers whilst retaining your human level control.
Not so here. Sammy Feral's family get turned into the type of werewolf that goes mad and tries to eat everything / turn everyone. Sammy discovers that he has a gift which allows him to understand mythical creatures - unfortunately this means that when his Dad tells him he's going to rip him to pieces (when a werewolf), Sammy can understand what he's saying. This is obviously very frightening for him, and the author pulls no punches with describing fear / sadness / panic.
The storyline is obvious enough for the boys to get a thrill from the scarey bits, but know it's going to be OK. You wouldn't perhaps put this on for a 6 yr old on a dark, night journey on a full moon though ....
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