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