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Book Reviews: Sammy Feral’s Diaries of the Weird, Eleanor Hawken

Book Reviews: Sammy Feral’s Diaries of the Weird, Eleanor Hawken
Sammy Feral's Diaries of Weird by Eleanor Hawken
Series: Sammy Feral's Diaries of Weird #1
Published by Quercus on 30 August 2012
Format: Hardcover
Sammy Feral is a lucky boy. His family run a zoo and so he spends his spare time hanging out with orangutans, crocodiles and snakes.

But his luck has just run out - his entire family has been infected with a werewolf virus! Now his mum, dad and sisters are howling at the moon, craving raw meat and, worst of all, trying to infect Sammy!

Luckily, Donny and Red - a crack team who investigate animals that don't exist - are on hand to help. But with an evil professor determined to take over Feral Zoo and no known cure for the virus, things aren't looking good for Sammy!

Review by Dylan, age 10

So I recently read the first book in the Sammy Feral’s Diaries of Weird series by Eleanor Hawken, and it is one of the best books I have read in a long time. That makes me happy because in front of me (hello book) is the second in the series, which I hope is just as good because I’m going to read it as soon as I finish writing this. So let’s hurry up.

My mum says, ‘Write what you liked most about it’, so I will. I like it best for all the references to mythology, such as silver, phoenixes (which happens to be my favourite mythological creature) and other mythological creatures, such as werewolves (which might just happen to have a huge part in the plot of this book).

I am killing two birds (not phoenixes) with one stone here because I am also doing this review for my half-term English homework, because my English teacher (hello Mr Grimshaw) said I have to write a book review using ed/ing/ly sentence openers in it, so here goes.

Enthralled, I read about Sammy Feral’s family owning a zoo and a dog named Caliban. Biting my fingernails, I discovered that Caliban is less dog, more werewolf. Shockingly, Caliban does a lot of biting and causes everyone in Sammy’s family, except for Sammy to become a werewolf.

I am also supposed to be practicising complex sentences with subordinate clauses so here are some of those too:

A cryptozoologist (don’t ask me to explain what that is), whose name is Donny and who has a friend called Red, is the person who stops the werewolves from biting Sammy. Donny the cryptzoologist, who studies weird and wonderful and supposedly not-existing animals, helps fight the evil professor who wants to take over Feral Zoo while Sammy’s family are distracted by werewolfy things. And the plot goes on from there.

I highly – as highly as a climber climbing the Burj Kalifa (Yes, that’s a simile. You’re welcome Mr Grimshaw) – recommend this book for all ages. Well, all ages that can read. And know a bit of vocabulary. And aren’t too scared of werewolves . . . And – I’m just gonna stop talking and start on Book Two: Sammy Feral’s Diaries of the Weird: Yeti Rescue.


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