Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Shapeshifter: Finding The Fox - Ali Sparkes

Finding The Fox
By: Ali Sparkes
Published: 2006
Audiobook Read by: Glen McCready
My rating: Wonderful

This was another random gem that I found. I listened to this one over the past month or so with my kids as we waited for the bus each morning. Being the first in the series it left us looking forward to hearing more!

Dax Jones is an ordinary enough boy with more than his share of tough luck. He has a stepmother who views him as a nuisance to be used and abused at her whim. His father works on the oil rigs and is seldom home. Life is miserable for Dax. Then one day he finds himself dropped head first into the most amazing of circumstances imaginable! He finds that he has strange if not supernatural abilities and soon has been scooped up by government agents and spirited away to Tregarren College where he encounters many other children with similar abilities. Tregarren turns out to be a wonderful place but Dax has a strange nagging fear that he just can't shake. When the fireworks start, Dax's worst fears are realized and he struggles to figure out who he can trust and what he should do. Tragedy strikes the college with Dax in the middle of the fight.

My kids loved this book and started to rush to get ready to go in the mornings so we could leave early to go to the bus stop and have more time to listen. Ali has created a world where anything might be possible and the imagination he puts into this story was wonderful. The characters are well rounded and it was easy to get to know them. As Dax learns to control his powers we were able to feel the emotions that raged through him. With a wonderful blend of humor and suspense, this was a great start to what looks like a wonderful series!

I listened to the audiobook read by Glen McCready. I'm a sucker for British accents and Glen's voice was so easy to listen to. He used a wonderful assortment of voices for the characters, and the emotion he expressed for each situation was spot on! I hope to hear more from him!

Overall this is a wonderful book to read with the kids. It has a great moral lesson and lots of excitement as well as imagination. Don't hesitate to give it a try, even if you don't have kids! :)

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