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The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  1,520 Ratings  ·  236 Reviews
When Tobias Richard Vandevelde wakes up in hospital with no memory of the night before, his horrified mother tells him that he was found unconscious. At Featherdale wildlife Park. In a dingo pen.

He assumes that his two rambunctious best friends are somehow responsible, until he discovers that they're just as freaked out as he is. Then the mysterious Reuben turns up, claimi
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published April 4th 2011 by Harcourt Children's Books (first published October 1st 2010)
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Feb 18, 2011 Vinaya rated it it was ok
They say one picture is worth a thousand words. So here's one picture...


And now, for the thousand words...

In a fight between the Abused Werewolves and the Reformed Vampires, the werewolves would get their asses handed to them. On a plate. With gravy. The Abused Werewolves Rescue Group comes nowhere close to the kitschy coolness that was The Reformed Vampire Support Group. For one thing, this book reads like it's written for a much younger audience. The protagonist himself is only thirteen. Now
Sana  Khalid °¤°
DNF at page 132

I really am not all that compelled to read this. Why was I forcing myself to turn those boring pages???

Toby was our dumb and manipulative 13 year old protagonist. He literally did whatever Fergus told him to do and could not think for himself. Fergus was super annoying, always trying to do things that would get them in trouble.

The werewolf subject was just meh. It didn't capture my attention. It was so bleh. I can't even describe my feelings using proper words. XD
Mar 23, 2011 Norma rated it it was ok
This is the second book in a series. I did not get the chance to read the first book. There were a few places where they referenced things that happened. But it wasn’t necessary to read the first one in order to understand this book.

First off, I thought that the characters were pretty weak. Toby was supposed to be thirteen, but for much of the book he was characterized as a much younger boy. His mom might as well just been holding her hands over her ears shouting “la la la I can’t hear you” for
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Paula Weston
Aug 19, 2016 Paula Weston rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-paranormal
These days, much of the popular paranormal fiction on YA shelves seems to be almost exclusively targeted at female audiences.

Teenage boys, however, can be thankful Catherine Jinks hasn’t forgotten them, following up her offbeat novel The Reformed Vampire Support Group (TRVSG) with another cool offering, The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group.

While the TRVSG was told from vampire Nina’s perspective, her latest novel is told through the eyes of 13-year-old Toby, who learns the hard way that his onset of
Amy L. Campbell
Mar 16, 2011 Amy L. Campbell rated it it was ok
Note: Review copy provided by Netgalley.

I was hoping for something that took itself a little less seriously, instead I got a fairly typical coming of age story with vampires and werewolves tacked on and little extra added melodrama. It even came completely with a Jerry Springer-like Afterthoughts tacked on. Toby isn't a particularly interesting character and he sometimes comes off sounding more like a 13-year-old girl than a 13-year-old boy, maybe the 13-year-old inner monologues all sound the s
THE ABUSED WEREWOLF RESCUE GROUP is the second read of its kind for me and I have to admit it was a notch (even if only a small notch, a notch none the less) above its predecessor, THE REFORMED VAMPIRE SUPORT GROUP. Weather the mild betterment is truly due to an improvement in writing or has more to do with the fact that the werewolves were just far less depressing then the weak and sorely pathetic vampires, is a tough call to make.

Most of the original cast returns as secondary characters along
Mar 22, 2011 Kate rated it liked it
I read this ARC via NetGalley.

Toby recently blacked out and woke up in a dingo pen. While the doctors try to determine whether or not Toby has epilepsy and his mother interrogates him about drug use, Toby receives a letter from a priest who has a totally different theory about Toby's blackout: he's a werewolf.

At first Toby and his mother think the priest and his friend Reuben (who also claims to be a werewolf) are crazy. Toby and his two friends go out of their way to capture Reuben's crazy theo
Sep 12, 2012 Beckiezra rated it liked it
This probably deserves 3.5 stars, I enjoyed it more than average but it didn't wow me. I'm not very consistent in my star ratings...

I read this rather quickly for me and I enjoyed the idea but I wasn't thrilled with the main character and just before the actual excitement started half way or more through the book I found myself wondering what the point of this was. I didn't want to follow the adventures of a 13 year old in pulling pranks and making messes, I wanted to know about werewolves!

Melissa Elgersma
We meet Toby the day he woke up naked and alone in a dingo pen at the local nature park. He is in the hospital with no memory of what happened. The doctors are talking epilepsy when a mysterious note shows up on his pillow that offers an explaination. The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group is the follow up book to Catherine Jinks's Reformed Vampire Support Group. After leaving the hospital, Toby gets two visitors, Father Ramon and Reuben, who claim to know what Toby really is.

While Toby has a hard ti
Christine Edison
Toby has accepted that on Monday night, he somehow got out of his house, lost all of his clothes and wound up in the dingo pen of a local nature reserve. Did he have an epileptic attack, as his doctor thinks? Did he do drugs, as his mother suspects? Or is he becoming a werewolf, as his new acquaintance Reuben claims? Toby's friends Fergus and Amin want to trick Rueben and his support team, but Toby suspects Reuben's right. He just doesn't want to believe it.

This book frustrates me, perhaps becau
Oct 12, 2010 Lindsay rated it really liked it
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Vamps R Us
Feb 27, 2011 Vamps R Us rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The action is full speed, pedal to the metal. The motivations of the kidnappers are frighteningly plausible. I was working through escape plans and possiblities right along with Toby, Reuben, and the crew. I even found myself with a decent sized crush on Reuben...not quite sure if the author intended for him to appeal to readers this way...but heck, I am not complaining. I'd like to see Jink's write a paranormal romance with characters as strong and emotionally scarred as Reuben. ;p

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Sep 01, 2012 Sally rated it it was amazing
Audio - voice drew me in.

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Oct 24, 2016 Suidpunt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english
Ek het hierdie boek teen R5,00 by die dierewelsynwinkeltjie in Hermanus gekoop.

Aanvanklik het ek gedink die leser gaan hier met 'n tipiese probleemboek te doen kry. Of, jy verwag die ergste. Het die Katolieke priester (ja!) Ramon Alvarez en die liewe Reuben Schneider, die weerwolf, nie die Vandevelde-gesin reeds gewaarsku wat wag nie? Gaan Toby gevang en ontvoer word, gaan hy misbruik word in 'n arena vir bloedsportweddenskappe, waar twee weerwolwe teen mekaar moet veg tot die dood toe? Al hierd
Holly Kench
May 04, 2012 Holly Kench rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I’ve been looking forward to reading “The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group” for a while now. I really enjoyed Catherine Jinks’ previous related story “The Reformed Vampire Support Group,” and was intrigued to see how she would follow it up.

“The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group”, however, was so much more than I’d anticipated.

It is the story of Toby (or Tobias), a teenage boy who wakes up one day in the local wildlife park’s dingo pen. With no idea how he got there, Toby assumes his friends were playing
Jessalyn King
Oct 30, 2016 Jessalyn King rated it liked it
Shelves: teen, audio, magic-realism
This wasn't as good as the first one. It was a bit of a strange sequel. I didn't dislike it, but the end droned on quite a bit, and it took a very long time before it got to interesting bits at the beginning as well. I did appreciate that she brought in the characters from the first book (even though I'd forgotten most of them), but the way she "revealed" the vampire thing seemed a bit fabricated. If you were a reader of the first book, you knew from the beginning they were all vampires, and if ...more
An Abundance of Books
Mar 29, 2011 An Abundance of Books rated it it was ok
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I liked reading The Reformed Vampire Support Group but I found this book a bit harder to get into. Right away Toby is a realistic character with a little too much time on his hands - it's a typical summer for a 13 year -old-boy. He has an involved and supportive mother and obnoxious friends that were harmless but a handful. (Seriously, his friend Fergus, I wanted to strangle him!) After being found in a dingo pen, he's approached by Reuben (the werewolf rescued b
Rhiannon Ryder
Jan 25, 2011 Rhiannon Ryder rated it really liked it
Courtesy of the lovely folks at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group popped through my mail slot in early October and became part of my ambitious list of reading for October. Well...I almost made it, only a few days out!

Somehow I had missed The Reformed Vampire Support Group when it came out this September, so I wasn't immediately aware of what a funny, fantastic series I was getting myself into. But before I start to rave I should really give you a brief idea of what it's
Lyndsey O'Halloran
Mar 10, 2011 Lyndsey O'Halloran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Last year, I read another of Catherine Jinks’ books ‘The Reformed Vampire Support Group’ and instantly fell in love with her unique style. I was excited to read the newest of her books to see if she could pull off something amazing again without being too repetitive.

TAWRG was quite slow to start and I kept wondering when the story was going to pick up. That being said though, a lot does happen in the first couple of chapters but the writing has a more relaxed and laid back feel to it, making th
Jun 29, 2013 Robin rated it it was amazing
Thirteen-year-old Toby Vandevelde falls asleep in bed one full-moonlit night, and wakes up the next day in an MRI machine. Nobody, least of all Toby himself, can explain how or why he turned up naked in the dingo pen at a suburban Sydney zoo. His mother suspects epilepsy, until a pediatrician rules that out. The only explanation anybody has to offer is one that Toby's mum considers crazy. Toby doesn't quite believe it either... but he's afraid it might be true. He's afraid Father Ramon and his i ...more
Karen Keyte
"You've probably heard of me. I'm the guy they found in a dingo pen at Featherdale Wildlife Park." - Tobias Richard Vandevelde

Everything changed for Toby after he woke up in the hospital. He was already freaking out because he had no idea how he got there. Even after he figured out he wasn't dying, he was still a little panicked. Because, you know, he literally cannot remember anything that happened after ten the previous evening. Then his Mom shows up and informs Toby that he was discovered - b
Jason Lalljee
Dec 17, 2011 Jason Lalljee rated it it was ok
(2 out of 5 Stars) Decent but Unappealing Modern Werewolf Tale for Male Readers is Lukewarm.

When I’m reading a book recently written that’s about vampires or werewolves or fallen angels or whatever sparkling fantasy character that’s made to appeal to teenage girls these days, I actually try to keep an open mind about it. I understand that authors tend to make their debuts with what is popular then slowly build up their careers from there (like Maggie Steivfater, for instance). I try to look at t
The Abused Werewolf Support Group is about a boy named Toby who wakes up in a Dingo pen one morning. As this isn’t typical behavior on his part, his mother takes him for all kinds of tests. Then one day a boy and a priest show up at his door telling Toby and his mother that he is a werewolf. At first Toby doesn’t believe anything they tell him and thinks the whole thing is a crazy practical joke. Then Toby is kidnapped for a werewolf fighting pit and he slowly comes to realize that maybe he is i ...more
C.C. Thomas
Aug 01, 2011 C.C. Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Werewolves, Vampires and Zombies, Oh MY!

I am always up for a new supernatural book adventure and just as frequently disappointed by the results. Many of the newer ones seem just lazy attempts by authors and book publishers to plug into this hot-selling genre with no real attempt to make a meaningful experience for the reader.

Not so with this novel by Catherine Jinks! From the very first chapter, the action and adventure started zipping right along, pulling me with it. The main character Toby wak
Sep 03, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Toby ist 13 Jahre und wird eines Morgens splitterfasernackt, im Dingo Gehege eines
Nationalparks, aufgefunden und wacht wenig später im Krankenhaus auf und weiß von nichts.
Die Ärzte sprechen von Epilepsie, aber ein, auf Tobys Kissen abgelegter Brief von einem Father Ramon ,weiß es besser.
Toby hat ein 'Leiden' er soll ein Werwolf sein !
Toby nimmt trotz des Verbotes seiner Mutter Kontakt zu Father Ramon auf und lernt Reuben kennen - ein Werwolf !
Toby und Reuben geraten in ein rasantes
This book could possibly have the most annoying characters of any book I have ever read. I don't think there was one character in the entire book that I liked. I don't think I would push any of the characters under a bus but I also wouldn't stop and give any of them a ride if I saw them walking in the rain. Most of them were so annoying that I just wanted to slap them silly during the entire time they were on the page. Toby and his friends Fergus and Amin were probably at the top of my list of m ...more
May 20, 2011 Morrigan rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-read
Toby is a teenage boy from Australia. He lives with his mother and likes to hang out with his friends and come up with all sorts of plans that usually end with some broken bones, scrapes and bruises. But, one day, he finds himself with an unusual situation in his hands. He wakes up, in the hospital, with doctors informing him that they found him in a dingo pen, naked. He worries that everyone will found out it was him in the dingo pen but, that is the least of his problems. Turns out he is a wer ...more
Mar 15, 2014 Ria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Toby wakes up in a Dingo pen at a wildlife sanctuary and has no idea how he got there. When a werewolf and a priest try to visit him and break the news to him that he's a werewolf (it's a genetic condition), he doesn't believe them...until he's kidnapped to be used in the werewolf version of a dogfight. He needs to figure out how to escape and how to help his mother realize he really is a werewolf. Oh, and how to live with his new condition.

What worked:

I really liked Toby. On the whole, he seeme
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Catherine Jinks is the Australian author of more than thirty books for all ages. She has garnered many awards, including the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award(three times), the Victorian Premier’s Award, the Aurealis Award for Science Fiction, the Australian Ibby Award, and the Davitt Award for Crime Fiction. Her work has been published in Australia, New Zealand, Britain, ...more
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