Exotics #1: The Floating Menagerie

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When Rachael's mom disappears and she finds out that her second-grade classmate Raul might know something about it, she follows him into a trap and is kidnapped onto a mysterious ship along with a group of kids who can turn into magical animals--Exotics. She has to find a way to escape the ship and rescue the Exotics who are waiting to be sold as pets...or are they? More
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About De Kenyon

Are you a kid who threatens the monsters under your bed, even when you're scared?

Do you know exactly what to do if zombies attack--grab a shotgun and run?

Do your parents say things like, "Do you ever sit still? Really?" but then have to shake you in order to get your attention while you're reading or playing a video game?

Would you like to decorate your room in skulls and bunnies?

If so, then have I got stories for you.

I grew up telling my brother and cousins stories on our farm whenever we got bored. I would start up the story, and everybody would act it out. We got in lots of fights over who was boss of the story, and I lost a lot of time. I once got so mad that I told my brother we were playing hide and seek instead and locked him in the shed where he was hiding. I think he forgave me…eventually.

My first novel, Choose Your Doom: Zombie Apocalypse, lets you choose how you’re going to fight a zombie invasion. Warning: you die. Sometimes, you turn into a zombie and then you die. But can you save the world before you kick the bucket? See any major bookstore in order to buy a copy.

“This is how I like my zombies: fast and funny. Choose this book, and you won’t be choosing your doom. You’ll be choosing hours of gooey, gory hilarity.”
- Steve Hockensmith, New York Times best-selling author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls

My real name is DeAnna Knippling, which I use when I’m writing scary, space/science fiction, or fantasy books for grownups. My husband’s last name is Kenyon (and so is my daughter’s), so that’s the last name I use when I’m writing books for kids. I have a website at www.dekenyon.com.

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Reviews

Review by: pamela chismar on May 17, 2012 : star star star star
I recieved this book through Librarything Menber Giveaway Program.

8 year old Rachel's mom disappears. A week later, Raul (Rachel's friend and classmate) comes to the house. He is scared and in a hurry to get to mom's computer. Soon after, a couple of large dogs break into the house & chase Raul and Rachel.
While on the run, Raul changes into a wolf. They are caught and this is where to adventure begins. These people who can turn into animals (they can speak while in animal form) call themselves Exotics. Rachel find that her mom is one. Most seem to be a form of dog. But there are also snakes, parrots, moles & other creatures.

I loved this story. It kept my attention. Perfect for an easy read in the evening. Or to give to your preteen to enjoy. The ending left me hanging on the edge, waiting impatiently to read Book 2.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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