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Never Cry Werewolf

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by Heather Davis, Heather Davis Koenig

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Moonlight can totally change your life. And it all starts so simply. You. Him. The moon. You’re toast.

Okay, so maybe Shelby has made a few mistakes with boys lately. But her stepmother totally overreacts when she packs Shelby off to brat camp. Suddenly, it’s good-bye, prom dress; hello, hiking boots.

Things start looking up


Moonlight can totally change your life. And it all starts so simply. You. Him. The moon. You’re toast.

Okay, so maybe Shelby has made a few mistakes with boys lately. But her stepmother totally overreacts when she packs Shelby off to brat camp. Suddenly, it’s good-bye, prom dress; hello, hiking boots.

Things start looking up, though, when Shelby meets fellow camper (and son of a rock star!) Austin Bridges III. But soon she realizes there’s more to Austin than crush material—his family has a dark secret, and he wants Shelby’s help guarding it. . . .

Editorial Reviews

Realms of Fantasy
“A charmingly cute, fast-paced spin on Little Red Riding Hood on one level, a werewolf-themed romance on another, this is a quick, but thoroughly enjoyable read.”
ALA Booklist
“This werewolf debut makes for a quick read and an easy sell for reluctant readers.”
Children's Literature - Jennie DeGenaro
This interesting novel is about fifteen-year-old Shelby Locke and her adventures at Camp Crescent. She does not want to go to camp, however her stepmother insists and convinces Shelby's father that this camp stresses therapeutic activities and is what Shelby needs. Her stepmother preferred Red Canyon Ranch because of the strict discipline it offers but she agrees to let Shelby go to Camp Crescent. If there are problems, Shelby will be sent to Red Canyon Ranch. Shelby meets Ariel at camp and they become best buddies. The camp is co-educational and both girls appear to fall in love with boys they meet there. Shelby's boyfriend, Austin, is handsome and has a good personality, but has a deep-dark secret. If the press learns the story, it would damage Austin's rock-singer's father's career. Shelby learns the frightful secret from Austin. She does everything she can to help him, but to no avail. The camp director learns of Shelby's breaking the rules and informs her parents. Her parents agree it is time for her to be sent to Red Canyon Ranch. Shelby finds Red Canyon Ranch most unpleasant, however she tries to abide by the rules. Then through her unhappiness, Shelby forgets her despair when a happy event occurs, and the book ends on a happy note. Both boys and girls will enjoy this exciting "Never Cry Wolf." Reviewer: Jennie DeGenaro
School Library Journal
Gr 8–10—Sixteen-year-old Shelby knows she is acting out and making some bad choices when it comes to boys and dating, but she never expected her father and "wicked" stepmother to banish her to a "brat camp" for the summer. Luckily for Shelby, she is allowed to choose the artsy Camp Crescent instead of Priscilla's choice of Red Canyon—aka boot camp from hell. Camp turns out not to be a total waste even with the preachy Mr. Winters and singing guitar lady Cynthia. Shelby manages to make some new friends, but the real highlight is the arrival of Austin Bridges III. Not only is he the son of a legendary rock star, but he is also cute, kind, intriguing, and totally mysterious. Shelby is drawn to him and the terrible dark family secret that he is willing to share only with her. How can she turn her back on him, especially with the full moon only a few nights away? Davis weaves together a fast-paced action adventure story with issues of peer pressure, divorce, betrayal, friendship, acceptance, and, of course, romance. Shelby is fearless and impulsive, but she is also a caring soul who just needs to find her way in a confusing world. This novel has great teen appeal but is not as dark or edgy as others in this genre. It will leave readers wanting more.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Newly rich Shelby doesn't like her stepmother, and the feeling is mutual. Still, it's a shock when Priscilla convinces Shelby's dad to pack her off to brat camp for the summer. After all, all Shelby's been doing is skipping curfew and illicitly hooking up with boys! At least Shelby gets the pick of which teen-retraining camp will imprison her for the next couple of months, so she can spend the summer in the Pacific Northwest instead of at a boot camp in the Utah desert. And honestly, camp isn't so bad, if you ignore all of the guitar-playing, touchy-feely psychoanalysis. But better than all the rock climbing and archery is sexy Austin Bridges, son of a bad-boy rock star and secret werewolf. If Shelby doesn't help Austin out, his family secret will be exposed-but if she does help him, she might find herself exiled to that Utah boot camp. What's a girl courted by an amber-eyed hottie to do? Neither original nor well-developed, but fans of paranormal romance will enjoy this sweet debut. (Fantasy. 11-13)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
17 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Heather Davis: At first glance, I don't seem like an outdoorsy person, but somehow I've spent a lot of time in the woods, including working as a chef in remote Alaska and teaching school in a tiny logging town in the North Cascade Mountains.

Never Cry Werewolf is an homage to both those rugged adventures and all the fun times I've spent singing stupid songs about lunch meat (eww!) and gobbling down s'mores (yum!). I didn't set out to write a book about werewolves, but I fell in love with the idea that everyone has a side of themselves that's shown to the world and one that's kept hidden.

These days, I'm enjoying big city life in the Pacific Northwest. When I'm not writing YA novels, I'm haunting my local movie theater and spending time with a colorful cast of friends and family (who do occasionally howl).

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acsimps More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It was well written and quick to read. My one criticism is that I didn't like how Shelby fought so hard against her feelings for Austin throughout the book and that she was always so scared of him. I also think that there is room left for a sequel to this book. (rash on her arm....when you read it you will know what I mean). There is so much more Heather Davis can do with the story and I would defiantly be excited to continue reading the series. I recommend reading this book.
Zeusie72 More than 1 year ago
One reviewer said if you hated twilight you would hate this book, well I hated twilight but I loved this book. Now with that said this book was easy and a quick read. If you want complex characters read another book but if you want a fun sweet often laugh or groan outloud then this is the book for you. I have enough bad bummer stuff I see on tv , read online or the paper. When I read a book I just want to exscape. No heavy drama . Get this book I think you will like it.
Emmilee More than 1 year ago
Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis is about a teenage girl named Shelby who is the daughter of a millionaire and who's evil stepmother sends to brat camp. At Camp Crescent, Shelby meets the intriguing Austin,son of a rockstar, who tries to recruit Shelby to help him steal his medicine that helps to control the beast inside him and keeps him human. While trying to survive tortuous sing-a-longs, Shelby becomes torn between helping the boy she begins to love and staying out of trouble. This book is an excellent addition to any library and is a book you can not put down. From a gossiping boy to ham-singing counselors, this book is an enjoyable read. I would recommend this book for Young Adults and highly suggest you read it.
popetgrl023 More than 1 year ago
Ok so this book wasn't very good. The author didn't give me enough time to fall in love with each character. Frankly, Shelby annoyed me. Austin was my favorite, but i still didn't feel like i knew him. The book wasn't very believable. I know that it is a fictional book, but isn't a good book one that makes you forget about the real world all around you? to me, it seems like Davis sat down to write a book, and about halfway through, lost interest. it doesn't help that right before i read this book, I was reading "Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a cute simple read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this i've read it three times and still cant get enough of it. There needs to be a thired book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing it was romantic dramaful scary i love this book it is a favorite book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to admit if u hated twilight ull hate this! But me whos the supernatural,paranormal,werewolf,vampire thing couldnt put it down long enough to breath. Best book i have read on my nook ever. So if u love the stories like i do it would be perfect for u!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heather Davis really can write for her fisrt teen book this is AMAZING! i had to by 4 copies of this book b/c my friends kept taking it this is a short read but funny and well writen a must read!
Amy MacDonald More than 1 year ago
it is one of the best books ever. i just eish it was longer.
CiciBear26 More than 1 year ago
Okay, the initial idea behind the book was...sorta original, I will give the author that. But, the wolf thing is just like most other books that are flying off the shelves these days. 'The strange, sexy kid who has a secret but needs the help of the most unexpected girl' kind of book. But, it was very good! Shelby is shipped off to some remote, god-knows-where location because of a minor mishap in her curfew. That right there screams the works of an evil stepmother. Soon though, Shelby meets Austin, the son of a rock star who is also attending the camp, and Shelby wants to know why. Is it drugs? Other issues? What she didn't expect is what she learns soon into their friendship. When Shelby and Austin become quick friends, there is nothing weird going on. Until he spills the secret that he is a Lycan, and needs her help keeping the secret, and stealing back his 'serum' from the counselor of the school, or BIG SURPRISE! he'll go all furry on her butt. I loved the way this book was written. While Shelby whined a little too much for my taste, the book was beautifully crafted and well written. So, if you like your werewolves H.O.T and your heroine's equally interesting, pick up this book.
Noel29 More than 1 year ago
The book is short. The story could have expanded on the characters and on the story line. The moral of the story was beautiful. I believe it can keep the reader's attention. It is a fictional story; however, it has real world issues. It brings into light the struggles that parents and teens can have in their relationships. I feel like the story ended too soon. So, I hope there is a sequel so I can find out more about the relationships within the story.
jbailey4251 More than 1 year ago
In Heather Davis's Never Cry Werewolf (HarperTeen, 2009), a series of bad decisions involving boys and a stepmother who's trying to get her out of the way lead to Shelby Locke getting sent to 'brat camp'. At camp, Shelby meets fellow camper Austin Bridges, son of a notorious rock star. Knowing that she shouldn't get involved with another "bad boy" doesn't stop her from being drawn to him. Then she finds out he has a dark secret and needs her help to protect it. I was drawn into this story from the first line. "Moonlight has special powers." The rest of the paragraph, which continues this theme, set the perfect tone. "Moonlight can totally change your life. And it all starts so simply. You. Him. The moon. You're toast." Isn't that fabulous? I love that. (Lucky for me, it's repeated periodically throughout the book!) The romance evolved wonderfully. Unlike some Young Adult romances, the reader sees how the relationship develops, building a solid foundation for the romance of the story. So many Young Adult romance books seem to skip this essential piece, letting simple good looks (i.e. "he's hawt, I'm in love!") take the place of compatibility and meaningful interaction. What really struck me about this story was the depth of character development in Shelby. In the end, the story was not about her trials at brat camp where she meets and falls for the good looking young werewolf. It's about her finally understanding her own motivations for what she does and acknowledging the root causes of her behavior. Trust and honesty are themes that are repeated throughout, but not in any way that could be deemed preachy. Shelby is sent to brat camp because her father feels he can no longer trust her. Many of the kids at camp have ulterior and sometimes dishonest motives for their actions. Can Shelby believe and trust that Austin's strange behavior has an innocent cause? More than this, in the end, Shelby must learn to trust in and be honest with herself. Other allusions were included that added to the whole atmosphere that was created-just a touch or two of Little Red Riding Hood and Beauty and the Beast. And all of this was done in 212 pages. Fantastic!
Crystal_Kido More than 1 year ago
This book was a lot of fun to read and had several characters that I enjoyed getting to know. The relationship between Shelby and Austin was entertaining to watch develop and the author did a good job of bringing the readers into the story through her descriptions of the setting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is filled with laughter from page 1 which I immediately loved. I do think the author has a knack for comedy. There's plenty of humor with an entertaining plot and expressive characters. However, I do think there should have been more elaboration on the characters besides Guitar Lady is a super-duper annoying authoritative figure that I need to now defy because of her judgy eyes and power hungry demeanor (though I can't say I would have felt too differently). Or, Ariel has black hair and is rich. The main character was rather immature through much of the story and seemed rather childish and I felt the whole mutual 'mom sitch' that Shelby and Austin had in common was rather irrelevant to the whole story and served as a filler. Also, she is constantly saying she doesn't believe in brand names or flaunting her newfound wealth while she's surrounded by all these rich kids because she's a small town girl who prefers tennis shoes over high heels. But wonder of all wonders! To the near end of the book she's saying she'll be sure to hire a personal trainer if she lives through the night. Hypocritical much? However, I DO feel Shelby (the main character) DID learn a few satisfying and worthwhile golden lessons by the end. She seemed to have progressed to a more understandable and cooler character by the end which I was hugely satisfied with. And that ending. It was just perfect. I do believe there was a very satisfying resolution and conclusion to the story, indeed. Though Never Cry Werewolf wasn't as mystic filled and breathtaking as I had been hoping, it was short and sweet with a wonderful ending that made me jump up and down (literally:D) and fangirl like crazy! So yes, I would recommend it if you're looking for a quick read filled with laughs, hilarity, and more than one swoon worthy moment.
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If you have ever been the child whi does things on impulse and think later this is the book for you. Its about love and coming into your own. I really loved this book.
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This book was good at first but then I kind of just lost interest. I've gotten like half way through the book and so far I am NOT impressed what so ever. I would not recomend this book to ANYONE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just started reading this book today and I already love it! It has a beginning that will draw you in and keep you wanting more! I hope it's this intriguing throughout the rest of the book. Oh and fun fact: I have the same last name as this author so we might be related:) Anyway this is a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope they make a movie.