Genre: historical, adventure, war, fantasy
Key Stage: KS3
Reviewer: Zahra Bouda
The Wolf Wilder, Katherine Rundell (2015)
Plot: A young girl Feo and her mother who live in the snowy wilderness of Russia, have been up to something. They are both Wolf Wilders and are on a mission to teach tamed wolves what they long ago used to know: to fend for themselves, to fight and to run, and to be wary of human before eventually releasing them into the wild. But when the word is out of their mission, they find themselves in big trouble with the local commanding officer Rakov and his army. Will they ever be able to complete this mission? Will they be able to escape Rakov’s authority? What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, and about standing up for the things you love. Be sure to read The Wolf Wilder.
Positives: I like the way Rundell helps us to connect with Feo in the book and how she builds a new type of action that you do not want to miss.
Negatives: I didn’t like the way some people in the book treated the wolves; the vivid way Rundell describes their treatment creates a clear image of how painful it is for them.
If you like this, you might like: Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell, The Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable, Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aitken.