The Mad Wolf’s Daughter By Diane Magras

I received this book from Kid Lit Exchange to read in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Photo and Review by Laura ~ originally on @librariansmsg on Instagram

The Mad Wolf’s Daughter By Diane Magras
(March 6th 2018 ~ Kathy Dawson Books)

Wow! I completely inhaled this historical fiction adventure set in medieval Scotland. Magras is a master at character development; I was strongly attached to Drest, Emerick, the enemy knight she takes captive and eventually befriends, and Tig, the young lad who helps them on their quest. When I saw that both Karen Cushman and Kristin Cashore (Graceling! still one of my faves!) had blurbed for this one, I knew I had to read it despite that it’s a genre outside my usual comfort zone.

I AM SO GLAD. Drest is possibly the bravest, kindest, most daring heroine I’ve seen in a IMG_5496 long time. Her feats are awesome, but also completely believable and the imagined inner narrative she has with her captured older brothers is just wonderful. I read this in less than a day and raced through the last two thirds. I even cried! Let’s just say I often find that reading these middle grade books as a parent makes me especially sensitive to parent-child scenes. Does that happen to any of my fellow adult friends who read middle grade books?

Do not miss this book! It is a must-buy for all elementary and middle school libraries. I can’t wait to put it in my historical fiction section and I’m really glad I read it because I do think it’s one that will need a bit of book talking to start flying off the shelf.

Also, don’t miss the author’s post about the power of book covers (and THIS cover) over on The Loud Library Lady blog!

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