Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Quirky Supernatural Adventure for Teens

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Anais Butt and the Hairy-Handed Gent by Kate Welshman (The Writer’s Coffee Shop, 2013, 204pp.)

When Anais Butt is kicked out of yet another boarding school for her delinquent behavior, her parents have finally had it. They send her to stay with her paternal grandmother, Nanny Bette, until they have time to come and deliver her to her next destination: the family-owned riding school run by her ball-busting maternal grandmother, Nanny Pam, in the backwater town of Glenorie. The hope is that a few months under Nanny Pam’s reign of terror will straighten her out. While she awaits the arrival of her nasty parents, Anais discovers that Nanny Bette has taken on a boarder, a young man by the name of Shannon Ferguson. The problem? Shannon’s, er…sort of different. Although quite easy on the eyes, he smells unpleasantly like a wet dog, a fact due to an unfortunate secret his family has carried down through the generations.

Filled with enough quirkiness to rival the imaginations of both Roald Dahl and J.K. Rowling, Anais Butt and the Hairy-Handed Gent is the newest offering in the teen-supernatural-love story genre. Although my first thought is to compare it to Twilight, it really is nothing like it. Those who disapprove of Twilight’s bland Bella Swann will definitely find an appealing heroine in Anais Butt. Recommended for Ages 15-Up.

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