Monday 27 January 2014

Sammy Feral's Diaries of Weird by Eleanor Hawken

Friday 3rd April
Hi, I'm Sammy Feral. I've never had a reason to keep a diary – until now. Today my world did a total 180°. I've lost my family, narrowly escaped death and discovered that werewolves are more than just a story made up to scare kids.
Published by Quercus in August 2012
Summary From Quercus
Sammy Feral's life was pretty normal until his entire family turned into werewolves. Now he's on a race against time to find a cure for the virus that has them all howling at the moon! With his dad growing fur and his sister baying for blood, things are getting seriously weird for Sammy…
An action packed adventure that will leave you hungry for more!
This story is set out as a diary that documents the weird things happening in Sammy Feral's life. Set mostly in the zoo run by Sammy's parents, it's an action-packed danger fest written in a chatty, modern style that will appeal to children aged eight and over who like a fast moving plot. When Sammy's parents and two sisters turn into werewolves, the race is on for him to find a cure before the next full moon. With the help of two people with special powers, he begins a quest that brings him into conflict with his best friend, his teacher, an evil professor and a horde of journalists. 
The book is easy to read, with a few jokey asides from Sammy that lighten the tension. I have to say that I felt the author rather overdid the similes and some of the characters are a bit one-dimensional, but that doesn't detract from the plot which is what this book is all about. I'd certainly recommend it for children who don't like reading much, especially (at risk of sounding sexist) boys who think books are for girls. 

1 comment:

  1. Fab review - I'm adding it to my marvellous middle grade recs & possibly what to read after Roald Dahl


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