Simon Thorn & The Wolf's Den Playlist - Kick Ass Tunes 4 A Kick Ass Book

Simon Thorn & The Wolf's Den | Aimee Carter
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Genre(s): Middle Grade, Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 320
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | TBD
Source: Irish Banana Tours

A thrilling debut in the tradition of Rick Riordan and Brandon Mull about a boy who discovers a secret race of animal shape shifters.
Twelve-year-old Simon Thorn’s life has never been easy or normal, but things like being bullied at school and living in a cramped Manhattan apartment with his Uncle Darrell are nothing compared to his biggest secret: He can talk to animals.

But when his mom is suddenly kidnapped by a herd of rats, Simon finds out that he, his mom, and his uncle are all Animalgams—people born with the ability to change into an animal at will.

In search of his mom, Simon discovers the Animalgam Academy based at the Central Park Zoo. There he learns about the fractured five kingdoms that make up this secret world . . . and realizes he may be the only one who can save it.

This action-packed page-turner is perfect for fans of the Spirit Animals and The School of Good and Evil series.



Kidz Bop: Middle Grade Edition
Turn up your speakers and get ready to jam out to these awesome songs curated by Aimee!


Aimee: I’m not normally a writer who keeps playlists for their books, but for Simon Thorn, a few songs in particular remind me of the series. Some of them have lyrics that fit well, while for others, it’s just the overall feeling of the song that really works for me. Please don’t judge my somewhat questionable taste in music.

Blackbird – The Beatles. I’ve always loved this song, but it seemed to fit the struggle Simon goes through well. Plus, another animal reference.

Roar – Katy Perry. All of the animal references definitely have a very Simon feel to them.

Young Volcanos – Fall Out Boy. One of the songs I listened to over and over while writing Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den. It seemed fitting with all of the animal references and the general upbeat, active feeling to the song, and whenever I hear it now, I’m reminded of Simon.

Wake Me Up – Avicii. Another song I listened to over and over again while writing Simon, and while some of the lyrics may not fit, I do like the overall feeling of the song for Simon’s character in particular.

Out of the Woods – Taylor Swift. This is the song that I listened to over and over while revising the first book and writing the second.

Prey – The Neighbourhood. This is very much a lyrics thing. So much talk about birds and being prey, and a lot of the overall feeling of the song fits.

Jungle – X Ambassadors ft. Jamie N Commons. Even though this song has nothing to do with an actual jungle, I love the energy of it and wrote some of the action scenes to it.

Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Lorde. Another song I listened to over and over while writing some of the slower, more intense scenes in the story. The lyrics fit the war brewing in the series, and how so many people are strategizing to defeat the others and gain control over the entire Animalgam (ani-MAL-gam) world.

BONUS TRACK: Wide Awake – Katy Perry. This song has pretty much nothing to do with Simon, but I was struggling to come up with titles for the Simon series, and this song came on the radio while I was driving home one night. The line “I am born again / out of the lion’s den” flipped a switch in my brain, and with amazing clarity I knew what all five titles would be, including the first – Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den.

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