A Review from Brandy's Book Nook: The Trouble with Antlers, by A.J. Culey - In a high school full of shifters, it's the one inquisitive human who poses the biggest threat.

A Brandy's Book Nook Review

The Trouble With Anters
A.J. Culey

Genre: YA

In a high school full of shifters, it's the one inquisitive human who poses the biggest threat.

When a human is the only applicant for town veterinarian and moves to Shifterville with his teenaged daughter, Amelia, the town residents conspire to keep the humans in their midst from discovering their secret. If only they can keep Melvin away from Amelia.

Melvin Moose has a problem. Anytime a girl gets too close, his antlers go on walkabout, popping out of his human head at the most inopportune moments. As if that weren't bad enough, a human girl just enrolled at his school, and if she catches sight of his unruly rack, it's all over for Shifterville.

Warning: This book contains shifty teen language, which does include the occasional swear word. It is also full of rampant, teen hormones and the subsequent fallout.

Welcome to Shifter High, home of the exploding antlers.

My Review

This book starts off a series about a town of animal shifters who need to hire a veterinarian. They cannot find a shifter to fill the position, so they are forced to hire a human who happens to have a teenage daughter named Amelia. They change everything in town from Shifterville to Shifferville, and thus begins their struggle to hide their secret.

Poor Melvin Moose, he really just can't catch a break in this funny story about how he tries to avoid the only human in town because he can't control his antlers. The harder he tries the more he keeps bumping in to Amelia. There is a colorful cast of characters whose last names tell you what animal they can change into. Mr. Sloth whose lecture always runs late, and Mrs. Spider the art teacher just to give an example. This book really gave me some good chuckles. Amelia knows there is something strange going on but she just can't place exactly what it is. Her dad is oblivious as he is with animals all the time.The other students and staff have to keep Amelia from seeing Melvin, and any odd animal running around school which leads to some interesting solutions.

There is no explicit content, and it is a smaller book, You could read it in a few hours. I recommend around 15+ ages. It is free in KU, please note it is the only one in the series in KU, and can be found at the following link:

About the author

A.J. Culey is a teacher, world traveler and writer with an out-of-control imagination. When driving, standing in lines or doing chores, she's often imagining cats in flight, antlers exploding from human heads and rabbits wrestling tigers. If caught giggling at nothing, she just shrugs and says, "I crack myself up."

A.J. lives in Kansas City, Kansas with her clowder of cats and can be found online at www.ajculey.com, www.facebook.com/ajculey.author and on Twitter and Instagram @ajculey.
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