Librarian Liberty Cutter watches in horror as the town library goes up in flames, the victim of senseless arson. The good news is: the town elders are willing to re-establish the library in the abandoned Shipsfeather Academy building. The bad news is: the only thing spookier than the old building is the wolfish glee the mayor takes in getting rid of it. For years rumors have persisted about strange goings-on inside the derelict structure, and Liberty herself has often felt eyes watching her from the dusty gothic windows as she passed by. But even she never could have imagined that the truth behind those rumors was even stranger than fiction.
Once long ago the Shipsfeather Academy was a training ground for an ancient race of dog-shifters whose mission was to protect the world’s knowledge. A powerful curse sealed them in the basement of the building and gave the control of the town to a pack of evil, book-burning werewolves. For years the dog-shifting scholars have made the best of a bad situation, continuing to catalog books in their vast library and using the funds from their internet giant, Zoogle, to make life a bit more comfortable for themselves with amenities like a gym, a spa and, of course, a Starbarks coffee house. But now that a public library is moving in upstairs, things are beginning to shift.
Chronus, the Old English Sheepdog headmaster of the academy and leader of the dog-shifters, knows he must make some changes if he is to continue to keep his pack safe. But even if he could persuade Liberty to believe in a talking sheepdog, how far can she be trusted? All he knows is that he has to try, because Liberty Cutter and her staff of zany librarians may well hold the key to the dog-shifters’ freedom… and to the future of the entire town.
The Shapeshifters’ Library: Released is the first in a charming new series that will have dog lovers and book lovers alike howling out loud with delight. With a generous sprinkling of “Dewey-speak” and “dog-speak,” clever literary references and some of the most unforgettable canine characters since Lady and the Tramp, Amber Polo takes you into a world you will never want to leave. The Shapeshifters’ Library is destined to be a classic.
The Shapeshifters’ Library
Book 2: “Retrieved“
Dog-shifters are once again pitted against the book-burning werewolves of Shipsfeather.
Godiva Anglesey, Chocolate Labrador, and the ruggedly handsome English Mastiff Cynerik are forced to team up against power-hungry werewolves when Cynerik discovers an ancient Ohio mound that may hold answers to their shifter history in the New World. Werewolf Pack Alpha Sybilla challenges timid Godiva to a battle for the territory. She has enough on her hands with a malicious book-worm infestation, a censorship campaign, and a lawsuit. Just when she thinks things couldn’t get any worse, Godiva’s mother announces that family tradition dictates that Godiva must be married by Summer Solstice… to a Druid.
Together they must find a way to defeat the werewolves, save the Shipsfeather library, protect the most important archeological discovery in dog-shifter history, restore the dogs to global power… and, just maybe, find love along the way.
The Shapeshifters’ Library
Book 3: “Recovered”
A Magical Quest…
Bliss D. Light was just an ordinary children’s librarian until one day she discovered she could grow a tail. Now her life is filled with more magic than any of the fairy tales she tells the children who gather at her feet at the Shipsfeather library. Like many of the other residents of Shipsfeather, Ohio, Bliss is a dog-shifter, and her newly discovered ability to change from human form into that of a sleek white greyhound has left her yearning to know more about her true heritage. The answer to all her questions, she is certain, lies with the dog-shifters’ long lost Library of the Ancients and, undeterred by the fact that thousands before her have searched, she sets out to find it.
Accompanied by her best friend Harry, a disgraced werewolf/dogshifter mix, and hotly pursued by the evil werewolf team of Sybilla and Blaze, Bliss’s quest takes her across the sacred sites and ancient mounds of the American Southwest. Though kidnapped by dogcatchers, sold into racetrack slavery and forced to fight wolf dogs to survive, Harry and Bliss never lose sight of their goal—or each other. Because the only thing more important than finding the ancient lost treasure might just be preserving what they already have found: an unlikely love that could be the first step toward bringing two ancient enemy races together.
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“New Age elements, snippets of cleverness—e.g., the “bowser browser, Zoogle”—and dogs in realistic danger find an appealing balance. At its core, the narrative illustrates how … how kindness can heal humans and dogs—and maybe even cats. A fanciful read that remains loyal to its noble principles.” Kirkus Reviews _____________________________________________________________________
Edited by Claude Lalumière
& Don Pizarro Dagan Books
“Stories within stories… twenty new fabulous tales of bibliophilic wonder, enchantment, terror, romance, mystery, and adventure”
Includes “Egyptian Holiday” a prequel to The Shapeshifters’ Library series showing a bit of the alternative history that led to my dog-shifter stories.
Were Cleopatra and her sister Alexandria, the Librarian of the Library of Alexandria, really dog-shifters?