Tom Anderson is a typical 16-year-old, who would prefer to go camping with his friends instead of his family. However, Tom eventually appreciates his parents and little brother after he nearly drowns from the raging rapids, yet is saved, so he thinks, by the Folan family. With the help of Kate Folan, Tom learns that Marcie, Kate's mom, is determined to turn Tom into a werewolf who will mate with Kate. Kate's parents and brother are werewolves, and her inner wolf will be released once she mates with a wolf, for which Tom has been selected as the prime candidate by Marcie. Tom becomes a wereling, and highly sought after for the werewolfs' future. Although Kate has fought the evilness that her mother displays, her only alternative is to run away with Tom in order to save herself and Tom. Kate and Tom search for a cure, yet Kate's family and other werewolf packs are determined to stop them. This is the first book in "The Wereling" trilogy. 2003, Razorbill, Ages 15 up.
Sixteen-year-old Tom, grudgingly enduring a family vacation, suffers a horrible hiking accident. His rescuers, the Folan family, nurse him back to health while keeping him locked in a room and refusing to contact his parents. He discovers that they are werewolves and that they have transformed him into one. They believe that their daughter Kate must mate with another werewolf to become a full werewolf herself, and this is the role that they have in mind for Tom. Kate and Tom do not want to enter into werewolf life, and they escape the home in a bloody, deadly battle with Kate's brother. They flee across the country seeking a legendary Cajun medicine man to return Tom to his human state. Kate's bloodthirsty mother uses the werewolf underground to track them and force them to return. This first book in a new trilogy is exceptionally engrossing. The visceral violence and moderate profanity make it a book for high school students, but it should be quite popular among fans of horror series such as Darren Shan's Cirque du Freak. There are aspects of horror, doomed teen romance, and realistic fiction wound into a surprisingly fast-paced novel. This reviewer flew through the book in less than a day, and most readers will find the book equally compelling. The trilogy has been released to an enthusiastic following in the United Kingdom. This opener is highly recommended for libraries serving older teens, and many adult horror fans likely would enjoy the book as well. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Razorbill/Penguin, 272p., pb. Ages 15 to 18.
Being a werewolf fan, I gobble up whatever I can. In this book, Cole tells the story of Kate and Tom, two teenagers whose lives become intertwined when Tom is "rescued" by Kate's family after an accident. Finding out that Kate and her kin are all werewolves, Tom is further shocked to find that they've "turned" him as well. At first, he is wary of Kate with her candles and books of magic spells, but gradually learns she is his only hope. They escape together and embark on a quest for freedom, helping each other and knitting a bond between them. But in close pursuit are Kate's family and other werewolves who apparently have other plans for both of them. Of course, being werelings, enemies are all around. New to the game, Tom relies on Kate, who is obviously holding back on what she knows and what she can do. Cole has written a book that fans of the genre should enjoy and two follow-ups are already available. The writing is accessible and the story grabs you and pulls you along. Of course, the end is not really an end as there is more to come. Though Annette Curtis Klause tackles the same subject matter in Blood and Chocolate more poetically, this book is a solid read and should please anyone who checks it out. A combination werewolf tale, romance, and thriller, there's enough in here to please even tough customers. (The Wereling, Book 1). KLIATT Codes: JSRecommended for junior and senior high school students. 2005, Penguin, Razorbill, 264p., Ages 12 to 18.
Gr 9 Up-While on a family vacation, 16-year-old Tom Anderson has a terrifying run-in with a bear that sends him hurtling down rapids in a river, barely escaping with his life. When he wakes up, he discovers that he is being cared for by Marcie, a nurse who lives in the remote woods. Soon the teen starts to sense that something strange is going on. Not only is he feeling weird (heightened senses and a strange craving for raw meat), but also Marcie's daughter, Kate, seems to be trying to tell him something. And then one night he learns the shocking truth: the Folans are werewolves, and they have been trying to turn him into a mate for Kate. After a violent scene that leaves Kate's little brother dead, Tom and Kate flee for their lives. They must reach a witch doctor in New Orleans who can turn him back to human, but they must hurry, because the countrywide network of werewolves is hot on their trail and won't rest until Tom is dead. This story has fast-paced action, horror, intrigue, plot twists, and a touch of romance. Cole has done a good job of taking a popular subject and making it fresh and exciting. This first in a trilogy is sure to please horror fans.-Anna M. Nelson, Collier County Public Library, Naples, FL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.