The Wereduck Code

By Dave Atkinson
Nimbus Publishing
Ages 10+

In the conclusion of his Hackmatack-award nominated Wereduck “thrillogy,” Atkinson picks up the story of young hero Kate, as she continues to search for a cure to her family’s ancient curse. This book is as gloriously strange as that summary suggests. Consider dialogue like: “I’ve just been doing a little research about DNA and human genetics … Haven’t you ever been curious about why you live in a werewolf family?” But strange isn’t bad. With warmth and humour, Atkinson continues to craft a large tale about family and acceptance, the things that make us different and what we can change. Every kid feels like an outsider and werewolves are the ultimate outsiders; a werewolf family makes for an odd story but the themes are universal.

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