Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 12 to 18
- Grade: 7 to 12
For the past six months, something has been happening to young people in Santa Feliz. Week after week, there's news of another teen changing shape, transforming from human to wild animal and back again. The federal government has stepped in, asking affected youth to turn themselves in for "orientation and training."
Josh Saunders has seen the news reports, but he's still unprepared when it happens to him. One minute he's arguing with his mother's boyfriend and the next he's looming over the man, blood dripping from his claws—he has transformed into a mountain lion.
Trusting only his best friends Des and Marina with his secret, Josh tries to return to normal life. But when an accidental betrayal reveals Josh's secret, his carefully constructed cover is ripped apart, forcing his friends to intervene. They must grudgingly put their trust in outsiders, including other Wildlings—and, most challenging, in each other—if they ever hope to save him.
About the author
span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">CHARLES de LINT is the author of more than seventy adult, young adult, and children’s books. Renowned as one of the trailblazers of the modern fantasy genre, he is the recipient of the World Fantasy, White Pine, Crawford, and Aurora awards. The first book of the Wildlings trilogy, Under My Skin, won the 2013 Aurora Award for Young Adult Fiction. De Lint is a poet, songwriter, performer, and folklorist, and he writes a monthly book-review column for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.
De Lint and his wife, MaryAnn Harris, a fellow artist and musician, recently released companion CDs of their original songs, samples of which can be heard on de Lint’s website. They live in Ottawa, and their respective websites are www.charlesdelint.com and www.relectica.com.
"Under My Skin is an action- and emotion-filled page-turner. I thoroughly enjoyed it!" - Melissa Marr, author of Wicked Lovely
"Under My Skin...satisfies at every level while leaving the reader wanting more." - Quill & Quire (starred review)