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Contributor(s): Cremer, Andrea
ISBN: 014241980X     ISBN-13: 9780142419809
Publisher: Speak
    OUR PRICE: $9.89  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: June 2011
Annotation: Calla and Ren have been raised knowing it is their destiny to mate with one another and rule over their pack, but when a human boy arrives and vies for Calla's heart, she is faced with a decision that could change her whole world.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Werewolves; Fiction.
Supernatural; Fiction.
Identity; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2011015566
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Series: Nightshade
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.25" W x 1.25" (1.05 lbs) 454 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 141193
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 15.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q54415
Reading Level: 4.4   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 24.0
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Contributor Bio(s): Andrea Cremer is the internationally bestselling author of the Nightshade series, which includes Nightshade, Wolfsbane, Bloodrose, Snakeroot, Rift, and Rise. She is also the author of Invisibility, which she co-wrote with David Levithan, and most recently, The Inventor's Secret and its sequel The Conjurer's Riddle. When she's not writing novels, Andrea puts her PhD to work teaching classes in writing and history at Macalaster College. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Visit Andrea online at and follow her on Twitter @andreacremer

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring)
Werewolf Calla defies her pack by saving human Shay from death. Despite Calla's betrothal to another pack's alpha, she falls in love with Shay. Their forbidden relationship becomes even more dangerous when the two uncover the secret history of the Keepers, the werewolves' magic-wielding masters. Intricate dynamics of pack membership, friendship, and romance strengthen this fantasy's intriguing mythos. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 October #1)

Cremer's debut brings mystery and passion to a journey of self-determination. Calla was raised chaste and pure, destined to unite with high school heartbreaker Ren on their 18th birthday and become the alphas of a shape-shifting wolf pack. She has never questioned the authority the powerful Keepers hold over her kind until she encounters a human hiker and breaks the rules to save his life. Shay was almost convinced the wolf-girl who rescued him was a dream until he meets her at his new school. Pursuing his attraction to Calla, Shay also wants to know what the Keepers are protecting and why he seems to be linked to a prophecy. Drawn to both Ren and Shay, Calla is torn: fulfill the role she was born to and deny herself freedom of choice, or choose her own path and abandon everything and everyone she knows? Good and evil are simply portrayed as Calla sheds her naïveté and learns to see past her expectations. Cremer creates a sense of urgency as the pace accelerates, though the well-constructed plot carries readers along to a cliffhanger. Ages 14–up. (Oct.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 December)

Gr 10 Up—Calla Tor is the alpha female of her werewolf pack and is destined to wed the alpha male, Ren Laroche. While in the woods, she spares the life of Shay, the new boy at school whom she just can't resist, and this act violates the laws of the Keepers. This may all seem familiar but what makes Nightshade new and refreshing is that the packs are ruled by the Keepers, who appear to be witches. Cremer has added a bit of superstition and the science of witchcraft that readers will find intriguing. However, they may feel that they have met these characters before even though the author has done a good job of contrasting their strong personalities with their weaknesses for temptation and stepped up the pace of the action. The segregation of the humans versus the werewolves might remind readers of Romeo and Juliet—or is it just a typical love triangle? Readers may find the world that is created here is more interesting than the characters. The end of the book is a cliff-hanger and interested readers will anticipate the second book, Wolfsbane. Mature scenes make this a better choice for older students.—Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI

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