With his big snaggly teeth, patchy black fur, and glowing golden eyes, Woody is far from the cutest of dogs, yet Nat is strangely drawn to the rough mutt that howls at the moon. Read more...
With his big snaggly teeth, patchy black fur, and glowing golden eyes, Woody is far from the cutest of dogs, yet Nat is strangely drawn to the rough mutt that howls at the moon. And before long Nat discovers that Woody's not a dog at all--he's a wolven: a shape-shifter who changes from wolf to boy without much warning. A secret government agency knows about Woody's mutant status, too, and wants to trap him and turn him into a hairy new breed of bioweapon. To escape capture, and to make sense of Woody's strange identity, the two friends--boy and werewolf--set off on a great adventure.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2010-05-31
- Reviewer: Staff
Toft debuts with a slight, fast-paced novel that introduces the titular Wolven, a race of wolflike creatures who can shift to become humans. When Nat (a lonely 12-year-old whose father is on the run from the law) adopts a scraggly creature he names Woody, he is surprised to learn about his new friend's powers, which include mild telepathy and the ability to transform into a teenage boy. He's even more surprised to discover the secret government conspiracy involving Wolven, true werewolves, and others, as well as the historical connection between the Wolven and the Knights Templar. Throw in Nat's often silly family members, a gorgeous (and not quite human) singer, a mysterious and knowledgeable witch, and a local bully, and there's a lot of action--much of it goofy--for thrill-seeking readers. Not every joke hits its mark (and an offhand joke connecting voodoo and headshrinking is just ignorant), but for the most part, Toft supplies fun action sequences, over-the-top villains (vicious werewolf Lucas Scale sings "Born to Be Wild" after a successful kidnapping), and some intriguing magic. Ages 8–12. (June)