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The Wolf Wilder (2015)

by Katherine Rundell

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Feodora and her mother, Marina live in the bitterly cold Russian wilderness with wolves. They are known as wolf wilders, whose job it is to teach “domesticated” wolves, formerly kept as pets by the rich, how to be wild again. When the mean, wolf-hating General Rakov burns their house and captures her mother, Feo sets off with her three half-wild wolves and a newborn wolf pup in the brutal cold to St. Petersburg to try to rescue her. She, as well as the wolves, must learn to trust strangers, including Ilya, a former soldier, offering help in order to survive. There is a rawness, a visceral honesty and heart in this tween novel that grabs you and keeps you on the edge of your chair. This is another winner by the author of "Rooftoppers" and "Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms".

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  mcpl.wausau | Sep 25, 2017 |
I loved this book! Feo lives in the woods of Russia with her mother, re-training domesticated wolves to be wild again. When the Tsar's soldiers threaten their way of life Feo fights back. A fairytalesque tale of wolves, snow and revolution. ( )
  Laurochka | Aug 18, 2017 |
Great Russian story with adventure and great detail. With hidden secrets revealed along the way, you are sure to fall in love with this book. ( )
  hermione8665 | Feb 17, 2017 |
Feo and her mother, Marina, reintroduce wolves to the wild after Russian aristocrats realize that they don't make the best pets. However, the power-hungry, dictatorial General Rakov decides that the vermin need to be killed. This sets off a chain reaction which leaves Feo and the wolves struggling to survive, evading capture, and trying to free her mother. With the help of her wolves and eventually some more friends that she meets along the way, Feo has the opportunity to save her mother and take a stand for what is right. There were some slow part, but overall, I enjoyed this book and Feo's character immensely. Within this treasure, Rundell weaves a tale of loyalty, friendship, and freedom. ( )
  jmillerlits | Jul 11, 2016 |
A fairly ordinary young adult fiction novel, uneven in pacing and without any huge literary merit. The setting (rural Russia) and premise (wolf wilders release 'captive pet' wolves into the wild and are persecuted for it) are interesting, but.... overall the book feels thin and basic, with no thematic heft beneath its narrative. ( )
  AmberMcWilliams | Mar 14, 2016 |
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To my grandmother Pauline Blanchard-Sims, whose flair and courage are unrivaled
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Once upon a time, a hundred years ago, there was a dark and stormy girl.
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Feo wished she could explain - that the beauty of the world is itself a kind of company, and they lived in one of the most beautiful spots in the world. "You can make the snow a kind of friend, if you know how."
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Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feodora's mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder is the opposite of an animal tamer: it is a person who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves, and to fight and to run, and to be wary of humans.

When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves.
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In the days before the Russian Revolution, twelve-year-old Feodora sets out to rescue her mother when the Tsar's Imperial Army imprisons her for teaching tamed wolves to fend for themselves.

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