The Turners by Mick Elliott
Published by Hachette Australia
"You would think growing a tail on your thirteenth birthday (in the middle of the school library) would be the worst thing that could happen to you. But Leo Lennox is about to discover that things can always get worse - and a whole lot weirder." The Lennox family are a little bit different to you or I, you see they can 'turn' into animals at will. Unfortunately for Leo, no one filled him in on that fun fact, to potentially disastrous effects for his fellow classmates when he turns into a Komodo dragon. As you could imagine poor Leo was a more than a bit concerned about this irregular occurrence, unfortunately things didn't get any easier for him.
In Turner tradition, on their thirteenth birthday, Turner teenagers are told of their family legacy and pre-warned about what was to come. However, Leo was a peculiar case in that he turned during the day, when turners have historically turned at night. Determined to find answers Leo's dad, Vernon, sets off for answers leaving him with his older sister, Abbie. Unfortunately, Vernon didn't return when he said it would - and as if it couldn't get any worse, he and his sister were attacked by 'Vipermen'. The pair escape thanks to their abilities and set off to find their Dad.
Along the way Leo learns more about his abilities and his family legacy. Fraught with twists and turns, the pair face a number of challenges including ancient Turners - who can live to 400 and more years old - to a crazy aunt hellbent on destroying Turners. Reunited with Vernon once again - all-be-it - strung from a ceiling over a pit of ravenous animals - Leo proves again just how remarkable he is. But will it be enough to save them?
The Turners is an interesting concept sure to entice young readers who imagine themselves the hero or simply what it would be like to turn into an animal. The Turners will keep you turning the pages right until the last moment.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Mick Elliott
Title: The Turners
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Published: April 2016