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|Book #35 in the series [Animorphs] by K.A. Applegate.
[Disclaimer]: If you've heard of [Animorphs] and you're thinking "Aww, how cute," maybe you should read my introduction to [The Invasion|the first book] to see how wrong you are.
Marco may be fighting an [intergalactic] war, but it's his home life that's got him unable to cope. His dad is dating Nora, his [bad math teacher|math teacher], and they seem to be getting serious. He doesn't like it because his mom is still alive. Because he's right on the edge, Marco starts having trouble with his morphing ability, sometimes unexpectedly morphing into mixes of two animals at once. During the various Animorph missions to go after William Roger Tennant, an influential [talk show host] who's a Controller, Marco keeps running into the same problems. After [spy] missions and attempts to make Tennant freak out in public to ruin his [public image|image] lead to nothing good, Marco begins to use a morph of his dad's girlfriend's [poodle|dog] to harass Tennant, and since he's known as an [Where are the animal lovers when you need 'em?|animal lover] he can't hurt him in public. They stage a way to expose him on television, but even through all this, Marco doesn't know who to turn to with his feelings. When he's faced with having to accept or [veto] his father's remarriage, Marco has to figure out how to get a grip.
About this book:
New known controllers:
New morphs acquired:
Ax: "From '[commercials|These Messages]' on television, I have learned that fitness requires particular shoes and particular clothing. It is not possible to become physically fit dressed as you are, Marco."
Jake: "Didn't he write all those [Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus|Men Are from Jupiter, Women Are from Venus] books?"
Rachel: "Major smear campaign. That's how you take down a celebrity. Unless he's like a [politician]. Or an [athlete]. They're immune."
Ax: "Perhaps your father is [The Young and the Restless|Young and Restless]. Those who are Young and Restless frequently change mates."
Marco: "The point is we're all hanging on by our fingernails. What right do I have to go nuts?"
Ax: "I am quite capable of this simple maneuver. Marco was merely concerned that I would [going postal|go postal]. But I have no mail."
Cassie: "You know, at the clinic we're always getting animals who are hurt or injured by humans. By jerks who shoot at them for no reason, or try and burn them, or whatever. And I used to get so mad. I just hated those people. And I'd feel like I was wasting my time because, you know, there's always some jerk with a twenty-two. I'd rage about it. But my dad told me, 'Deal with what is.'"
Next book: [Visser]