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A Novel

by (author) Nicole Luiken

Great Plains Publications
Initial publish date
Nov 2019
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2019
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17-year-old Chloe fears she's a Dud, a child born to two werewolves who can't change into a wolf. If she's still a Dud by the time she reached adulthood, she'll be exiled. In the meantime, she's at the bottom of the pack hierarchy. But Chloe is a natural Alpha, unable to bow her head meekly, and the other teens in her small town pack make her life miserable. While running through the woods, she encounters a feral werewolf with the opposite problem: he's trapped in wolf form. Chloe suspects the feral is her old classmate, Marcus, who everyone believes died along with the rest of his family in a mysterious plane crash last year. Pack lore says that any werewolf that remains in wolf form for more than a few days is dangerous and lost forever. Chloe vows to help Marcus regain his human self because giving up on him would mean admitting possible failure for herself, too. But she must act quickly. Pack law mandates killing ferals.

About the author

Nicole Luiken grew up on a farm in northern Alberta--way, way North. She wrote her first book at age thirteen and was published while still in high school. The author of nine YA novels, she has recently branched out into adult SF/fantasy. She lives in Edmonton with her husband and three children. It is physically impossible for her to go more than three days in a row without writing. Her website can be found at

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Editorial Reviews

"A howling good time." - Kirkus Reviews

Featured on 49th Shelf - Most Anticipated: 2019 Books for Young Readers

Featured on CBC Books - 30 Canadian YA and middle grade books to watch for this fall

Featured on Quill & Quire - Fall preview 2019: YA and middle grade fiction

Featured on Prairie Books Now - Teen werewolf who couldn't change deserved her own novel

"...what the conclusion of Feral really celebrates is a young woman unafraid to assert her dominance and who thrives in a position of power...very thrilling stuff" - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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