Reader Reviewed Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den by Aimee Carter

Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den

Written by Aimee Carter

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February 2016 Debut of the Month Like Harry Potter, Aimée Carter’s twisty, original thriller stars a gang of kids with special abilities up against a cast of powerful adults, some of whom are decidedly untrustworthy. Instead of being trainee wizards however, these young people are at shapeshifter school learning to turn themselves into animals. Simon can talk to animals, but had no idea he could be the heir to a shapeshifting dynasty until suddenly he’s at the centre of a decades-old intrigue, with a new set of friends, and even a brother he never knew he had. As strife between the shapeshifters and the different factions of the animal kingdom grows, this is a great opener to a new series that will satisfy readers who like their adventures action- and animal-packed. ~ Andrea Reece

Imaginative and vivid with themes of bravery, loyalty, and finding one's true self, this exciting, five-book adventure series is perfect for fans of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and Beast Quest.

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 10 - 'What a brilliant book. A boy who can talk to animals and shape shift. Perfect for reluctant boy readers I would say, as it's full of suspense and excitement.'
  • Sam Harper, age 11 - 'a great mix of amazing plot, thrilling action scenes and a jaw-dropping cliffhanger ending that left me begging for more of this incredible series.'
  • Henry Plummer, age 10 - 'The Animalgam world is in grave danger.  Will Simon Thorn, a 12 year old boy living in Manhattan, who discovers he can communicate with animals, be the one to save it?'
  • Alice East, age 11 - 'This is one of the best books I have read in a long time.  I would rate this 10/10!'
  • Charlotte Gordon, age 11 - 'Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den is a brilliant book. It is well written and has an amazing story line.'
  • Oliver Thorpe, age 9 - 'This book is extraordinary.  Simon is a boy living with his uncle while his mother works away.  One day he meets a talking eagle.  The next thing he knows he is whisked away to a world of adventure.'


Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den by Aimee Carter

Twelve-year-old Simon Thorn's life has never been easy, but being bullied at school and living in a cramped Manhattan apartment with his Uncle Darrell is nothing compared to his biggest secret: he can talk to animals. When his mum is kidnapped by a herd of terrifying rats, Simon finds out that he, his mum and his uncle are all Animalgams - people who can change into an animal at will. In search of his mother he discovers the Animalgam Academy located underneath Central Park Zoo. There he learns about the fractured five kingdoms that make up this secret world - Mammals, Birds, Insects, Reptiles and Underwater. And Simon Thorn is the only one who can save them.

About the Author

Aimee Carter is the author of the YA series The Goddess Test. She started writing fan fiction at eleven, began her first original story four years later, and hasn't stopped writing since. Besides writing and reading, she enjoys seeing movies, playing with her puppies and wrestling with the puzzles in the paper each morning. She lives in Novi, Michigan.

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Book Info


320 pages
Interest Age: From 9


Aimee Carter
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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

11th February 2016




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