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Finding the Fox (The Shapeshifter #1)

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Dax Jones is an ordinary schoolboy - until something extraordinary happens one day. Whilst frightened for his life, he inexplicably changes into a fox. Before long, both a government agent and an ambitious young journalist are on his tail.
Paperback, 328 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Worst bit about this book: Harry Potter / X-men crossover.
Best bit about this book: Harry Potter / X-men crossover.

I absolutely adored Ali Sparkes's Wishful Thinking, a book about a boy whose uneventful and "pathetic" existence is turned upside down when a Celtic Deity decides to "fix" his life. It's the funniest, most charming children book I've ever read, so naturally I had high expectations for Finding the Fox too.

What I expected was a cute little story about a boy's adventures and mishaps
Dimitris Hall
Aug 10, 2016 Dimitris Hall rated it really liked it
Yet another special-boy/girl-gets-picked-up-by-special-school story in the vain of Harry Potter. With Lexicon and Idlewild, I feel like I've been reading loads of these lately, yet I have strangely forgotten to grow tired of them. However, it has to be said that Finding the Fox was different from these books: it was simple. Easy to follow, easy to visualize, but beautiful nonetheless. I have a soft spot for beautiful simplicity as a concept, what can I do. And I also have a soft spot for people ...more
Oct 28, 2011 Badgerlord rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone except kid-haters.
I reccommend this book for any age.

Without revealing too much, the book is about a boy called Dax who, after getting trapped in a shed finds himself transforming into a fox. However, Dax is not the only one who is aware of the fact he's not normal, and soon enough Dax finds himself whisked away to a secret government facility to accomodate children with powers. He is surrounded by healers, claivoyants, illusionist and telekinetics, including a chocolate obsessed Gideon, who quickly become hos b
Feb 02, 2009 Enfys rated it really liked it
Shapeshifter: Finding the Fox tells the story of Dax, an ordinary boy - until, cornered in a shed with no escape, he shifts. Now he journeys to a secret government school for COLA. He meets new friends and enjoys himself - but are all the people in charge really on his side?

I thought that the characters were very well written with great interactions between them. The plot was very well written, keeping it as a single book, while still lending itself to being in a series. The story was a little t
Aug 08, 2013 Artemis rated it really liked it
Another book I remember reading at school. This is an entertaining and well-written action fantasy with a comic book edge. Reads like 'Harry Potter' (main male protagonist, secret school for children like himself, mysterious adult figures etc.) and 'X-Men' for middle-schoolers (the superkid's school is called COLA: short for Children Of Limitless Ability. How cute). But 'Finding the Fox' has enough memorable characters - each with their own charm and charisma - and set pieces, that it's not real ...more
Maddy Belcher
Mar 16, 2014 Maddy Belcher rated it it was amazing
A great read aimed at 9/10 age group but remains a great read at any age in my opinion! first read it when I was ten and still reading it 5 years later!
Roz Radmore
Dec 07, 2015 Roz Radmore rated it it was amazing
This is book 1 in a fantastic series . Dax Jones thinks he is just ordinary . His father works away on the oil rigs so he is left with his horrible step mum and her brat of a daughter . One hot day Dax finds that under certain circumstances he can change into the shape of a fox ! Although he trys to keep this a secret Dax is found out and sent to a special school where there are others like himself . Now Dax will find himself in danger , for nothing is as it seems ! Trust noone !
Marin Bougious
Jul 07, 2016 Marin Bougious rated it it was amazing
I loved this story when I was younger and it still holds up. It's a great X-Men read-alike though as someone who's written stories that will inevitably be compared to X-Men I know it can be an overused comparison for a common type of story about super kids
Jan 23, 2016 Minnie_Mouses rated it really liked it
xD it took me a year to read this book!
Get it because I started in 2015 and ended in 2016? View spoiler if you don't get it
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Jan 24, 2016 Megan rated it it was amazing
Ali sparkes is a great writer. Dax
Assad Zed
Mar 13, 2015 Assad Zed rated it it was amazing
The perfect book to stimulate your imagination. The Shapeshifter captivates instantly.
Rex Tshimuanga
a nice blend of powers and trech. secret services and not a lota swearing. lovin it
Sep 11, 2011 Jim rated it it was amazing
I don't usually read children's fiction (I am a forty-something adult), but this is too good for just an infantile audience. It is the tale of a young teenager, Dax, with a hated step mother, who finds he can change into a fox and maybe other animals. He is taken to a school for COLAS (Children of Limitless Ability), so there are undoubted parallels with the Harry Potter series and the X-Men. The quality of the writing makes you believe in the fantasy, just as Kafka is very matter-of-fact in his ...more
Jan 01, 2013 Teenboysread rated it it was amazing
Dax Jones is a normal schoolboy until one day while trapped in a shed he turns into a fox and soon discovers there are many other people like him with special abilities called COLA's COLA stands for children of limitless ability. A news reporter wants to get all the gossip about the COLA'S kids so that means doing whatever she has to do.

This book was good i read it in a couple of days. The tension for what's goning to happen was really good. I recommend to anyone who want a fast pace story that
Mar 11, 2016 Elzevera rated it liked it
Shelves: own, english
I enjoyed the read, though it's clearly a book aimed at children. It had a hint of Harry Potter (only way less complex) and there are a great deal of questions left unanswered which make me want to read the next book(s) in the series. I was impressed by the description of Dax's experiences as a fox, which is part of what made this such a lovely book. A definite recommendation for children who like suspense, magic and animals, and an amusing, light read for the (young) adults among us :)
Aug 19, 2014 ChattyNatty rated it liked it
I listened to this on an audiobook.
This book was good and my favourite character was Dax because he was brave and took lots of risks.
May 14, 2011 Lexi rated it it was amazing
I think this series of books are simply amazing! I read them some years back but they are a constant re-read of mine :)

The main plot of this, if you haven't already guessed from the title, is about a boy called Dax who finds he can shapeshift into a fox, however, little does he know of the consequences.

I would higly recommend this for aages aprox. 9-100. I'm 17 now but they are still a firm favourite so I wouldn't put off the older reader from taking dip into these.
Siobhan Last Name
Mar 25, 2013 Siobhan Last Name rated it it was amazing
amazing!!!!!! I love this book so much I've read it about 10 times! Whole series is amazing but the first and last are probably the best in my opinion. This is a definite must-read and is by far one of my favourite Ali Sparkes books!!!!! ( by the way, i love the cover too because it doesn't show Dax's face so i can imagine it myself!! :D
Apr 16, 2013 Booklover123 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! thats the only word good
enough for this book, if any, and you
just cannot put it down!
Seriously, i stayed up all night because
i couldn't stop reading!

An instant best-seller for
everyone- kids AND adults- s get
and buying Mums and Dads!
Jan 30, 2010 Abbie rated it it was amazing
i really liked these books, there all about a boy named dax who finds out that he's a shapeshifter and goes to a shcool where the kids can all do strange things, all i can say is that it's worth reading.
Angela Evrard
Dec 04, 2012 Angela Evrard rated it really liked it
These books are my favorite, the cover is almost demolished, but I can't put them away, they are just to awesome.
The first book starts a little slow, but at the end, you really want to read the second :).
Jul 22, 2016 Evyln rated it it was amazing
My all time favorite childhood book, full of mystery and fantasy. It is aimed at children and is written in a slightly child-ish way but should still be enjoyable for older readers.
Carter mofo
Sep 15, 2013 Carter mofo rated it liked it
This book was good i read it in a couple of days. The tension for what's goning to happen was really good. I recommend to anyone who want a fast pace story that is a quick read."
Apr 12, 2012 Tjala rated it liked it
Recommended to Tjala by: Michelle
Another good book from Ali Sparkes, which i enjoyed with an interesting plot and characters. I will definately be reading the next installments!
Leia Evans
Oct 06, 2011 Leia Evans rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Children 7-12
This was a brilliant book, with well developed characters that will draw in children who may not like reading as much as some.
Hardhelga DaDerpDeeDerpDa
Nov 07, 2012 Hardhelga DaDerpDeeDerpDa rated it it was amazing
this series is awesome! i read in in grade 4............, but it is still great to read YOU SHOULD READ THIS SERIES!!!!!
This kid is gifted, a bit like Harry Potter, but he is not a wizard, he is can turn into a fox... Well written.
Julia Phillips
Dec 11, 2010 Julia Phillips rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ya
For ages 9+, this is an excellent read for adults as well. Great plot and very believable characters.
Dec 03, 2013 Lara rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the best I've ever read it is utterly amazing I cannot wait to read the next ones
Dec 15, 2015 Simone rated it really liked it
Shelves: eventually, audiobook
This was really fun. Not brilliant or terribly original, but definitely very enjoyable.
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