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There's a Hitchcockian touch to the sinister and growing horde of animals that stalks Maggie ... nice departure from the more played-out werewolf plots. BCCB An exciting paranormal mystery, including a forbidden romance. Library Media Connection The Infusion of Navajo traditions and beliefs addds appeal to the mystery ... relatable to a wide range of readers. VOYA

About the Author

BETHANY WIGGINS started writing on a dare and dove headfirst into the world of writerly madness. She enjoys getting her hands dirty in her garden, baking anything with copious amounts of chocolate, and watching lightning storms from her front porch. She lives in the desert with her husband, three quirky kids, and two very fluffy cats. Shifting is her first novel.

www.bethanywiggins.com

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (October 30, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802733891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802733894
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

More About the Author

Bethany Wiggins has always been an avid reader, but not an avid writer. She failed ninth grade English because she read novels instead of doing her homework. In high school, she sat alone at lunch and read massive hardback fantasy novels (Tad Williams and Robert Jordan anyone?). It wasn't until the end of her senior year that the other students realized she was reading fiction--not the Bible

Several years later, Bethany's sister dared her to start writing an hour a day until she completed a novel. Bethany wrote a seven-hundred page fantasy novel that she wisely let no one read--but it taught her how to write. The rest is history.

Customer Reviews

It was well written and the characters were well developed.
Show'n tell
I'll be looking forward to seeing what other books this author writes.
Cara
I could not put the book down, I read it in a day and a half.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
*happy sigh*

That's actually what I wrote to the author in the ending margin of the ARC that will be finding its way back to her through many eager hands after mine.

It continues to amaze me how some authors can craft a tale that makes readers suspect but not quite know. The balance of mystery and logical hints leading up to a revelation is an art I've not grasped as a writer, so I marvel when it's done... well, artfully.

Bethany Wiggins is artful in her modern rendering of this old Navajo legend. I first heard of Skinwalkers when I worked in a desert wilderness therapy program in my early twenties, but none of the more experienced guides would tell me the story behind it - just that it was so scary, I'd wet my wiggy (sleeping bag) if they told me. Needless to say, when I found out Bethany was publishing a YA novel drawing from this legend, I got excited! Finally, I'd get a glimpse of the legend. Bonus: it would be wrapped up in a YA romance.

I am beyond pleased with the results.

Yes, Skinwalkers are wicked scary (I did not wet my wiggy after reading this book). But fortunately, the first half of the book focuses on the main character's paranormal ability and how her strangeness affects her as a trying-to-be-normal high school senior.

From the beginning, I felt both sorry for and proud of the protagonist Maggie Mae. Sorry, because the adults around her spoke about her as if she wasn't even in the room, an occupational hazard of being a foster child, I guess. Proud, because she didn't let people pity her. She saw that she was being ostracized, and embraced the loner flag, always rising above the teasing, bullying, and trickstering of her peers.

There's a HUGE character growth arc in this story.
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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Newsie on October 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have a strict no reading policy in my life because I get sucked in and do nothing else when there is a worthy book on my hands(my 2 and 4 year old just don't get it;). I saw the cover of Shifting and decided I would break my vow of literary celibacy and treat myself to what I could sense would be a great read. I am 28 years old and enjoy the Young Readers genre which I would consider this exciting novel to be a part. The plot moves along nicely while still allowing the reader to connect with the main characters. There is just the right amount of mystery and navajo lore to keep you interested and consumed without feeling overfed or deprived of crucial information. Obviously I enjoyed the book and recommend it whole heartedly.

Now: What do I mean by the RIGHT kind of Young Reader? There is real conflict and emotional pain without tearing up the pages with profanity. There is real romance and heart break without cheapening love or sexuality. I choose the Young Reader genre because I believe in being entertained and changed by meaningful literature without vulgar language and obscene sex. The trend of this genre, however, is heading to cheapened morals and shock value plot lines in a hurry and I for one stand against it. I am grateful to see there are new and promising authors in the genre like Bethany Wiggins, who has created a vulnerable yet strong protagonist that the reader can look up to, learn from, and even perhaps emulate.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By onepagereviews on October 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was drawn to this book because of the Native American mythology - you don't get much of that in books these days. I wasn't sure what to expect, but this novel really blew me away. The last sentence of the blurb is totally true: it is full of romance, mysticism, and intrigue, and it did haunt me to the final page!

Let me start with the romance, because really, I felt that was one of the most important aspects of it. There is no insta-love to be found here. The relationship between Bridger and Maggie Mae is slow progressing and sweet; they become friends first, and even though she's attracted to him, she doesn't try to jump his bones at every turn. And their relationship was based less on lust and more on actually respecting the other person. *gasp* I know. I was shocked, too.

I really loved Bridger. He didn't fall into any sort of male protag stereotype. He wasn't the bad boy or the sweet boy next door or the brooding type. He wasn't the token minority or the usual blond and beautiful. He was just...Bridger. And for that, I loved him. He was just as interesting of a character as Maggie Mae, with a huge secret that I didn't figure out until near the end, and he's the perfect mixture of sweet yet tantalizingly aloof. He's also part Navajo, so he comes from a really interesting cultural background. I loved that he was always nice to Maggie Mae but made it clear upfront that they couldn't date. It made for some serious relationship tension and drama that propelled the romance to the very last page.

Maggie Mae herself was a great MC! Again, I couldn't put her in any sort of stereotype. She was so original. She's poor and a foster child, but I never felt any bitterness from her or anger. Her main motivator is fear, but she's not weak.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stymie on October 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is as good the second time you read it as it was the first time! This book was a page turner from front to back. I couldn't stop thinking about the characters even after I finished the book. You can't help pulling for the main character, Maggie May, and hoping that she can get through all the things that face her, from foster care to bullies to skin walkers who are trying to kill her. It has just the right mix of fast paced action and a budding romance to keep you entertained and wanting for more. This is a must read book.
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