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Thirteen-year-old Kate and her family have a secret: during the full moon, Kate’s family become werewolves, and she becomes a wereduck. After an overzealous reporter almost exposes their transformations to the world, Kate and her family, along with another young werewolf, John, escape to her Aunt Bea’s cottage in southern Ontario. Exploring her new home, Kate discovers her great-great grandmother’s recipe for “Cure for Wereduck” and wonders if this mysterious concoction could be the solution to her family’s constant worries about their secret being revealed. When John invites Kate to accompany him on a crazy train ride back to New Brunswick during the full moon, the two teens end up experimenting with the potion sooner than they planned.

Cure for Wereduck, Dave Atkinson’s second novel about Kate and her unique family, is a hilarious, touching adventure story that will be enjoyed by readers of all ages. The book’s plot is bursting with exciting hijinks, and the narrator’s shift between Kate’s experiences, tabloid journalist Dirk Bragg’s attempts to prove the existence of werewolves, and angry werewolf Marcus’s quest to find his son, helps to heighten suspense. With the continuing evolution of the relationship between Kate and John, Atkinson perfectly captures the intensity and awkward drama of early teenage life, but it’s duck/weregirl Wacka who completely steals the show with her antics on the train. Like Wereduck, Cure for Wereduck is ultimately about the importance of family and being able to empathize with other perspectives and points of view.

Heartwarming and fun, Cure for Wereduck is highly recommended.

  • Cure for Wereduck

    By Dave Atkinson, Published by Nimbus Publishing
    • ISBN 13: 978-1-77108-445-1
Roseanne Gauthier
Roseanne Gauthier is the Youth Services Librarian for the PEI Public Library Service where she writes book reviews. She has worked in the Faculties of Education at both the University of Prince Edward Island and Mount Saint Vincent University and spent two amazing years as the Children’s Librarian at the Confederation Centre Public Library. She holds a Master’s in Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University, and a M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Waterloo. Roseanne lives in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island with her husband, their adorable daughter, and two tuxedo cats.