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Finding the Fox (The Shapeshifter #1)

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  471 ratings  ·  31 reviews
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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Gergana Hristova
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
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
Dimitris Hall
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 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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!
Assad Zed
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
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
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
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 :)
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.
David Battersby
Harry Potter crossed with Animorphs.
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
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
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!
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
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 :).
Carter mofo
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 3 of 5 stars
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 4 of 5 stars
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
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
For ages 9+, this is an excellent read for adults as well. Great plot and very believable characters.
This book is one of the best I've ever read it is utterly amazing I cannot wait to read the next ones
N.B. Dixon
Charming and entertaining. Great if you like a school story with a supernatural twist.
It was very unique and exciting, definitely one of the best series I ever read.
Francesca River
Really liked them when i read them, but they got really repetitive..
Alviroe Spirit
Great series :)
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