The Innocents

In a not-so-innocent world, shapeshifting can be precarious

My own physical transformation came kind of early. I reached almost 6-foot by 8th grade and then abruptly -- too abruptly, I felt -- stopped. Any mental or emotional transformations -- a small-town kid in a big-city world -- would be much more gradual.

But for many teens, especially, transformations can be overwhelming. That's why we need fantasy fiction, to push it to the extreme. Now "The Innocents" arrives Friday on Netflix; here's the story I sent to papers: