- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: OUP Oxford; First Edition edition (4 May 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192754653
- ISBN-13: 978-0192754653
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Shapeshifter 1: Finding the Fox Paperback – 4 May 2006
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Adventure, conspiracy and shapeshifting - X-Men meets Alex Rider
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Top Customer Reviews
I would recommend it to anyone, especially anyone imaginative :) It is about children/teens who find themselves with unnatural powers and are then taken together at a boarding school to continue their lives while progressing these powers. There are many heart-stopping moments and as the series continues it only get's better! Really, don't miss out on it.
The stories are ideal for older children, but adult readers who enjoy Alan Garner and the like, (as I do), will also find these an entertaining read. Before reading the books, I was 'warned' that they are 'very like Harry Potter' and that 'the similarities are far too close'. Well, I can report that yes, the stories involve a group of children with special abilities in an away from home 'special school' situation, but within a few pages, the plot and characters are out on their own and running an original course. The accusations levelled at The Shapeshifter series could just as easily be made about the Narnia series and such classics as "Five Children and It", etc. It's a classic recipe for a story - take children out of their comfort zone and see what happens! No more, no less than this, in my opinion!
OK, so rumours aside and with several books under my belt what do I think? The stories are written for children, but not in a childish way. References to current fashions and music are made in a way that doesn't intrude into the story and shouldn't date too quickly either. There is no gratuitous bad language and it's really nice to read stories where respect is earned rather than demanded, friendships honoured even under duress and a sense of right and wrong is a deciding factor in so many of the plot twists. An underlying sense of humour runs through the books too, which really makes the characters come alive.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
best books ever!!!!!!!!!!!Im 9 and I FOUND THIS SHAPESHIFTER BOOK AND ALL THE OTHERS THE BEST BOOKS IVE READ.BUT DONT WORRY THEY GET EVEN BETTER!!!!Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought these in bulk as a party bag gift and I have had many parents tell me that their children enjoyed the first book, and have gone on to read more in the series over the... Read morePublished on 4 Sept. 2014 by Sarah Ashton
The shapeshifter series of books is adored by my 9 year old daughter. She is an advanced reader and this series or books has captivated her more than any other previously. Read morePublished on 12 Aug. 2014 by Happy and Smiling