The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group (Paperback)
Spring 2011 Kids' Next List
“Toby thought waking up in a dingo pen with amnesia was weird, but that's not the half of it. Who are all these odd people, trying to convince him he's a werewolf? Catherine Jinks turns fantasy on its ear again, and her new book does for werewolves what her last book, The Reformed Vampire Support Group, did for vampires. Favorite vampires from the earlier book make a return here, and humor and thrills abound.”
— Rosemary Pugliese, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC
before, his horrified mother tells him that he was found unconscious. At Featherdale
Wildlife Park. In a dingo pen.
He assumes that his two best friends are somehow responsible, until the mysterious
Reuben turns up, claiming that Toby has a rare and dangerous “condition.” Next thing
he knows, Toby finds himself involved with a strange bunch of sickly insomniacs who
seem convinced that he needs their help. It’s not until he’s kidnapped and imprisoned
that he starts to believe them—and to understand what being a paranormal monster
Catherine Jinks grew up in Papua New Guinea and now resides in New South Wales, Australia. She is a three-time winner of the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year award and has received the Centenary Medal for her contribution to Australian children's literature. Her popular works for young readers include the Evil Genius series, The Reformed Vampire Support Group, and the trilogy that began with How to Catch a Bogle.
Visit her website at www.catherinejinks.com.
"Jinks has hold of a clever idea and a solid sense of humor."—Publishers Weekly
"The satire isn't all that's biting in this darkly comedic sequel to The Reformed Vampire Support Group (2009)."—Kirkus Reviews
Reformed Vampire Support Group
2010 ALA Best Books for Young Adults
Nominated as a YALSA Teens Top Ten
"Jinks’s signature facility with plot and character development is intact as she turns to the topic of vampires—as fans can anticipate, hers are not the romantic superheroes of the Stephenie Meyers books....Throwing in delicious details and aperçus, the author works her way from the murder of one of the vampires to suspense and adventure of the sinister yet daffy variety beloved by readers of Evil Genius. The plot twists, more ornate than in previous works, ramp up the giddiness—and, perhaps, camouflage the corpses, blood and other byproducts of the genre." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Support Group is truly like no other vampire story. It is witty, cunning, and humorous, with numerous plot twists and turns. Jinks has conjured up an eccentric but believable cast of characters in a story full of action and adventure." —School Library Journal
"Jinks’s quirky sense of humor will appeal to fans of her Evil Genius series. Those tired of torrid bloodsucker stories or looking for a comic riff on the trend will feel refreshed by the vomitous, guinea-pig–drinking accidental heroics of Nina and her pals." —Kirkus Reviews
"The ill-assorted bunch of vampires in this offbeat Australian novel couldn't be further from the iconic image of the dangerous, sexy night creature....Jinks draws her characters and their unique challenges in great detail; though the adventure takes a while to get into gear, there's plenty of blood and guts (both types) to go around. One part problem novel, one part comedy, and one part murder-mystery, this alternative vampire story is for outsiders of all kinds, underground or otherwise." —The Horn Book
"Jinks takes readers on a wild ride, poking wicked fun at vampire enthusiasts of all stripes with her wryly clinical take . . . a first-rate comedy with equal appeal for avid vampire fans and those who wouldn't be caught dead with a copy of Twilight." —The Bulletin