Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den

1 MP3-CD. 7:37 hrs. Brilliance. Jan. 2017. $9.99. ISBN 9781536667370.
Gr 5–7—Strange things are happening to Simon Thorn. He wakes up to discover he can talk to animals. Simon's seemingly normal life with his uncle Darryl is thrown upside down when his mostly absent mom shows up and explains that he is an animalgam, a shapeshifter. When Simon's mom and uncle disappear, he follows their trail only to find himself in a hidden world below the Central Park Zoo. There he faces corrupt leaders, a twin brother, and a destiny that could make or destroy the animal kingdom. Narrator William Dufris brings to life Simon's world. His voices for the well-developed characters are easy to distinguish, and his narrative style is unique and adds a level of humor to the story that listeners will love. Dufris deftly navigates Carter's complex, engaging story and makes this audiobook impossible to put down.
VERDICT For anyone who likes Percy Jackson or fantasy adventure books. ["This story is…unique, the characters relatable and developed, and the adventure unpredictable and entertaining": SLJ 12/15 review of the Bloomsbury book.]

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