Confession: I've thought werewolves were way cool ever since I was a little kid. Bigger confession: I still do. But until now, I'd never seen a story that explored what it would really feel like to live a werewolf's life. What if there existed a world where werewolves were at the lower end of society. And if werewolves were at the lower end, who were the elite on the other side? Well, vampyres. Hm.
No doubt in my mind: this could be fun stuff. But it also offered a great chance to explore some issues that many teens are starting to think about: racism, class, the role of the individual in an oppressive society. It also opened up opportunities to look at personal issues kids face: self-image, conflict in the family, trust in friends, school social groups, and of course, that all-time favorite... a body that's changing and going haywire.
RED MOON RISING has action, humor, emotion, and plenty to think about. This definitely isn't your father's werewolf/vampyre story.