Tess is a Switcher, meaning that she can change shape to become any animal she chooses. She always thought she was unique, but not any more. Tess meets Kevin, another Switcher, and together they turn out to have powers they never, ever dreamed of.
Kate Thompson (born 1956) is an award-winning writer for children and adults. Born in Halifax, Yorkshire, she has lived in Ireland, where many of her books are set, since 1981. While Kate Thompson's children's fiction is primarily fantasy, several of her books also deal with the consequences of genetic engineering.
She has won the Bisto Children's Book of the Year Award four times, for The Beguilers, The Alchemist's Apprentice, Annan Water and The New Policeman. The New Policeman was also awarded the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Whitbread Children's Book Award and the Dublin Airport Authority Children's Book of the Year Award for 2005. Creature of the Night was shortlisted for the 2008 Booktrust Teenage Prize, and has been shortlisted for the 2009 Carnegie Medal.