Bite Risk (Hardcover)
Chosen by: Emily
— From October 2023 Staff Picks
Werewolves meet dystopia in this juicy thriller! Sel and his friends live in the remote town of Tremorglade, in a world where adults turn into werewolves during the full moon and kids have to be trained to contain the monsters and protect themselves. Unfortunately, accidents keep happening and not everyone is safe. And why are there mysterious drones showing up at the most inconvenient times? Are the kids safe sharing information on their devices? This fast paced middle grade novel is the perfect Halloween read full of suspense, gore, conspiracy, and scary surprise twists!
The Last Kids on Earth gets a lupine twist by way of Margaret Peterson Haddix in this eerie middle grade adventure set in a small town where all the adults are werewolves but the kids begin to suspect something else sinister is putting them at even greater risk.
When everyone’s a werewolf, it’s hard to spot the monster…
Thirteen-year-old Sel lives in the remote, isolated town of Tremorglade, where nothing interesting ever seems to happen. Well, unless you count the one night a month when the full moon rises and kids like him must lock up their parents while they transform into werewolves (though Tremorgladers prefer to call them Rippers). But that’s the whole world’s new normal since the Disruption changed everything well before Sel was born.
But when strange things begin happening in Tremorglade, like drones emitting sickening sounds and people behaving oddly, Sel and his friends begin asking questions about what’s really going on in their small town. And suspiciously soon after they do, Rippers begin escaping on confinement nights, people start disappearing, and the kids suspect they’re being followed.
Maybe there’s a reason no one ever seems to leave Tremorglade…and it’s up to Sel and his friends to figure out the truth someone doesn’t want them to know before another full moon puts them all at a bite risk.
About the Author
S.J. Wills grew up in Chelmsford, Essex, where her parents let her choose any books she wanted from the library, no matter what. She has worked as a freelance copyeditor since 2003, alongside rediscovering her childhood love: writing her own stories. She lives in Kent with her writer husband, two sons, and a large, bouncing poodle.
"Full of action and intrigue. The dystopian and science-fiction elements are well-crafted and seamlessly introduced into the narrative, which makes for rich and interesting worldbuilding, while the horror bits are delightfully dark, thrilling...An immersive, hair-raising page-turner."
— Kirkus Reviews