By Di Toft
Chicken House/Scholastic, 2010. 322 pp. Juvenile chapter book.
When Nat meets his new pet, Woody, his life changes forever. Woody is not just a normal dog--he has the ability to morph from human to wolf, his specie being identified as "Wolven," and is also telepathic. Nat finds himself mixed up in the craziest, most dangerous adventure of his life trying to elude the evil werewolves that are trying to capture the two boys, specifically Woody.
This is a book that would be well-suited to kids who love adventure and supernatural themes but aren't ready for most of the edgier fare available. Despite some violence and gore, the story is mild and would be just fine for 5th and 6th graders. The friendships and relationships in the book are heart-warming, and although the plot struggles somewhat and the writing isn't some of the finest in juvenile literature, this is still a book children will enjoy.