I must admit, when this was suggested for our Y6 Book Club, I was a little dubious. Wolves and vikings aren't really my cup of tea, but in the spirit of 'practise what you preach', I read it with an open mind, despite being out of my comfort zone.
What I discovered was a children's novel with a fierce heroine who endures physical and emotional hardship with determination and grit. The book itself was haunting, atmospheric, violent and tense. Although it had the potential to be universally dark, I found the themes of friendship and trust shone through its bleakest moments.
Although there are countless middle grade books featuring plucky young heroines who love adventure and ultimately save the day, it is less common to find them in life and death Viking territory, swinging wildly between being hunted and being the hunter. She Wolf, with its powerful characters, distinctive and wild setting, and sustained tension throughout, is a rarity, a book almost entirely about a girl, which is equally appealing to girls and boys.
I only put it down to make myself a strong cup of tea when it all become too nerve-wracking for me. It was a high-stakes adventure with a very satisfying ending.
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