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Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den

(Simon Thorn #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  750 ratings  ·  166 reviews
A thrilling debut in the tradition of Rick Riordan and Brandon Mull about a boy who discovers a secret race of animal shape shifters.

Twelve-year-old Simon Thorn’s life has never been easy or normal, but things like being bullied at school and living in a cramped Manhattan apartment with his Uncle Darrell are nothing compared to his biggest secret: He can talk to animals.

Hardcover, 307 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
[3.75 Stars] Wow, that was such a fun first book in a series. I found it to be perfectly balanced between fast-paced adventure and mystery solving. I really liked the five kingdoms and the different animals we got to meet. The book only covers two days or so, so I didn't get everything I wanted. For instance, do these kids ever go to class at this school? Characters also gain and lose trust way quickly, and Simon makes some obviously poor choices. Listen to your mom and uncle, kid! But I loved i ...more
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
A really fun beginning to what should be a super cool series. A nice amount of twists and an interesting collection of supporting characters keep a pretty packed story moving at a good clip. And I didn't hate the main character! I know, that sounds like faint praise, but believe me, if you knew how I usually felt about the child protagonists of series at this reading level, you'd be more impressed. With Simon, Carter has fashioned a genuinely likable and realistic hero (as realistic as one can b ...more
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a fun ride! I love talking to animals and shape shifting so I knew I would enjoy this one, but it's also action-packed with a nice emphasis on family and friendship. Looking forward to book two.
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I first read Aimée Carter when I picked up her Young Adult series The Goddess Test which I promptly fell in love with so when I saw that she was putting out a Middle Grade Fantasy I jumped at the chance to review it and I am so glad that I did. Simon Thorn and The Wolf's Den is a fantastic beginning to a series that is going to have middle grade readers enthralled and clamoring for the next book in the series.

Simon is your everyday run of the mill kid. His family life isn't with out it's challe
Carli Segal
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a long-time fan of Carter's YA series (The Goddess books, The Blackcoat Rebellion), I was very excited to read her first middle grade novel, Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den. Simon is such a likeable character that he hooked me from page one, and I immediately became immersed in his journey to discover his family secrets and the meaning behind his "hidden talents". I'm always blown away by Carter's depth of her characters, and Simon Thorn doesn't disappoint. From his happy-go-lucky Dolphin frie ...more
Linda Todd
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-fab
Wow an amazing book the layout of the story and how it unraveled as I read this story it takes you in turns you around & around and then takes you for the wild ride of your life & one you won't forget a wonderful story in wish I enjoyed reading tremendously and do so hope to read more books from the author. Truly a fabulous gift from the amazing author my thanks to the author Aimee Carter for the privilege & the wonderful pleasure of reading her wonderful book yes I do give this book ...more
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy, own
A fun start to a series that will hook fans of Percy Jackson, as well as animal lovers! Young Simon and his friends and family are fascinating, and this is an awesome use of setting as well. I didn't know that the Central Park Zoo could contain so much!
Sarah E.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 4.5 stars
I really enjoyed this novel. It tells the story of 12 year old Simon Thorn, the boy who speaks with pigeons, squirrels, and mice, the boy who lives with his uncle, the boy who only sees him mom once or twice a year. After a mysterious eagle shows up telling Simon he is in trouble, his mom, uncle, and Simon have to escape from a hoard of rats that are hellbent on harming them. Simon is separated from his mom and uncle and taken to his grandfather, Orion, where he discovers
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Other than the almost constant action sequences and perennially popular (among children) animals, this book has very little to recommend it. There is little to no character development. The plot line is sketchy and constantly loops back on itself. The protagonist flits from "solution" to "solution," being wrong for more than 95% of the book and repeatedly jeopardizing himself, his family, and his friends because he is always certain he is 100% right. The dialogue is stilted. The "suspense" is co ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
OMG I LOVE THIS BOOK (its sequels are even better)!
Braxton Wilhelm
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
What would you do if you discovered something that changed everything? Simon Thorn
had to ask a similar question in Simon Thorn and The Wolves Den by Aimée Carter. This book
falls between the adventure and science fiction. This book takes place in a modern setting and
deals with supernatural situations as well as real life ones. It dealt with animals and their
“Kingdoms” and was very interesting. It was an intriguing book and one that I would read again.

There were several main characters that w
Aidan Wilson
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Everyone has thought if I was an animal what animal would I be? Would I still be a human and be able to turn into an animal or would I be that animal forever? That fantasy is a reality in Simon Thorn and The Wolf’s Den by Aimee Carter. The book is a fictional story about Simon Thorn and his adventure to find himself and his mother who was kidnapped.
Simon is a 12 year old boy who is far from normal. He from a young age found out he had a special connection to animals. Animals were like his fri
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Simon Thorn is 12 years old and he's the kind of kid who gets bullied a lot. Simon gets bullied because people think he can talk to animals. He lives with his uncle after his dad died and his mother is always traveling. When rats start attacking him he hears his mom and uncle talking and learns that he's an Animalgam who can talk to animals and transform into animals. Simon ends up at the L. A. I. R., a secret school for Animalgams.

After the 4th chapter I wanted to read this book all the time. I
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
It was ok. I wasn’t emotionally invested. One of my students loves this series, so I read it based upon his recommendation. It falls into the same category as many middle grade novels for me. Predictable plot, trite dialogue, flat characters, heavy-handed moral lessons, and villains with no redeemable qualities.

I prefer more complexity.
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
:D I knew it and I knew that one too! :D
Katrina H
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: third-nine-weeks
Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den
Aimee Carter
I would recomend this book if you like a lot of action and suspense. This book made me feel excited and kept me on my toes.
Simon Thorn is a 12 year old boy who has never been a normal kid... because he can talk to animals and nobody knows that he can talk to them. His mom is always out of town and only comes home on holidays, so he lives with his uncle. On his first day of school he gets in a fight with another boy and while he's waiting for his uncle to
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
This review originally appeared on my blog,


SIMON THORN AND THE WOLF’S DEN is the first in a new middle grade fantasy series about a boy who can talk to animals. At first Simon thinks he’s crazy because he can talk to animals. He’s been bullied before for talking to animals in public, and when the first day of seventh grade starts off with more of the same, Simon’s sure things can’t get any worse.

Of course, things get worse. Simon’s stalked by an eagle, attacked by rats, finds ou
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
I wish goodreads had 10 stars rating system.
Because this book is not a bad 2-star book. It was an ok read. again, it's hard for me to judge middle-grade books, because I'm older and I can imagine that writing for kids is very hard. To me Simon seemed super annoying at times (yet I suppose that's how kids really are at 11-12?), but I liked how he dealt with bullying and stood up for his friends.
This has a Lightning Thief/Animorphs/Unwanteds vibe to it that I really enjoyed. Is it as un-put-downable as those other reads? No, probably not. But I love that there's something else to offer this set. Bonus points for a boy named Benjamin who goes by "Jam" who can shape shift into a dolphin. I just loved that little guy.
Wow, this was really good! :) The idea was great: a lonely boy who can talk with animals, shapeshifting, gladiator battles, grey characters... Also, the language wasn't too difficult (I think).
Vi ❤ Inkvotary
4,5 stars
Simon can hear and understand animals. Not the noises other boys hear when a dog is barking, he literally can talk with them like he talks to his uncle or mother. If she is around, that is. All started a year ago and now he is afraid of being crazy. And when his mother suddenly appears for a visit and hundreds of rats line the street, he knows that something is completely wrong.

The idea, to use the Central Park Zoo in New York as a setting for another world right among the norm
Mark Buxton
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
My name is Simon, and I just learned that I am an Animalgam, a human with the ability to change into an animal. Actually, I'm a Hybred, since my parents were from different animal kingdoms. I haven't been able to morph yet, so I don't know what animal I will become. I never would have believed this if I hadn't been able to speak to animals for years, and I witnessed my mom changing into an eagle and my uncle changing into a wolf! My grandfather rules over the bird kingdom, and my mom has been ta ...more
Abigail  Stutzman
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
"You are the person you choose to be, not the person others think you are. "

For most of this book, I would have given it a solid 3 stars. It's a great addition for the Lone Star List and gives the list a good fantasy book that is probably more upper-level elementary.

The last few chapters are a solid 4, or even 5 stars as the twists and turns of the ending come into light. The author leaves it wide open for the second installment of this series, and I'm sure she will pick it up right where she l
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Yasmina Walker
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is a disappointing Texas Lone Star pick. Simon Thorn lives with his uncle and his mom hardly ever visits. No one at his junior high likes him. His biggest talent is his ability to talk to animals, but this talent only reinforces how strange he is. Little does Simon know that his family comes from a long line of animal shifters. They all have the ability to change into animals. Unfortunately there is a civil war among the various animal rivalries, and Simon lands right in the middle of it. T ...more
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I decided to head to the bookstore and grab a book based on the exciting blurb within. This isn't my usually my style but let me tell you it was refreshing to read a proper adventure book again.
The good outweighed the bad throughout this book and I'm glad that I was able to happily read through without getting caught up on the bad (which I find happens with a lot of books I read). The author builds the emotions of the main character exceptionally well and I found myself getting lost in the same
Hannah Belyea
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Simon has been able to talk to animals for years and has always felt like a freak, so when his mom shows up and his uncle must protect them from an army of rats, he's almost relived at finding out the truth: there are people like him, able to shift into animals from various kingdoms - the only problem is that they're at war, and Simon is caught in the dead center. Carter delivers an entertaining novel full of twists and action that is sure to please action fans. With the fate of his new friends ...more
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it
This was definitely a cute book, and one I would recommend for middle grade readers. As a life-long animal lover, I enjoyed the idea of shapeshifters. The plot was interesting, as were the plot twists. I'd like to get a better idea of what the L.A.I.R. is like, and I'd like to learn more about Animalgams across the country and throughout the world. Perhaps this will be covered in the remainder of the series.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lonestar-list
3.5 rounded up because I'm willing to read the next one, and despite the aggressively trite acronyms (L.A.I.R., anyone?) it's so much better than the Animorphs series of my childhood. Overall a really solid series I would recommend to kids who love Amulet, Warriors, and anything Rick Riordan. I do think it was super unrealistic how fast he forgave Winter, but a solid middle grades read. Recommended grades 4-7.
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Aimée Carter was born and raised in Michigan, where she currently resides. She is the author of several series, including The Goddess Test series, The Blackcoat Rebellion series, and the Simon Thorn series.

QUEEN (#3 of The Blackcoat Rebellion) will be released on November 24th, 2015.

SIMON THORN AND THE WOLF'S DEN (#1 of the Simon Thorn series, Bloomsbury) will be released February 2, 2016.

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