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Young Adult Fiction Contemporary


by (author) Nicholas Maes

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2012
Contemporary, General, Visionary & Metaphysical
Recommended Age
12 to 15
Recommended Grade
9 to 12
Recommended Reading age
12 to 15
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2012
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Aug 2012
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What do you do when you’re being watched at every turn by creatures plotting to take over the world?

Simon Carpenter is a normal 16-year-old living in Vancouver. Or is he normal? Any type of music drives him crazy. When walking by a homeless person, he can see the world through the drunken man’s eyes. And when visiting a pet shop he hears a rabbit speaking to him. To solve these mysteries, he takes the rabbit home, only to discover that a foreign "presence" lives inside it. To make matters worse, this "presence" belongs to an army of souls that has plans to supplant the human race.

Who are these creatures? How do they plan to accomplish their goal? How is Simon connected to them? And if they can watch his every step, how can he stop them? These are questions he must answer … quickly. Nothing is what it seems to be and failure will lead to worldwide disaster.


About the author

Nicholas Maes is a high-school history teacher and also teaches classics at the University of Waterloo. His previous novels for young people are Crescent Star, Locksmith and Laughing Wolf, which was nominated for the Snow Willow Award. Maes is also the author of Robertson Davies: Magician of Words. He lives in Toronto.

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Editorial Reviews

“Whoa. What a ride! Nicholas Maes’s Transmigration is brilliant; a well-conceived fantasy with a unique premise and a gripping storyline.”

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“Well written and fast paced, Transmigration should appeal to readers who enjoy an adventure tale with a bit of an unusual twist or setting. While the story has a satisfactory conclusion, it leaves itself open for a sequel.”

Canadian Materials magazine

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