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Children of the Wolf by Jane Yolen

Children of the Wolf

by Jane Yolen

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Yolen here portrays the cruelty of schoolchildren, the cluelessness of adults in charge, and lack of courage in the well-meaning, at least as much as the story of the feral girls themselves. It's top-grade sound reliable imaginative insight. ( )
  jzdro | May 24, 2012 |
Based on a historical account of two girls rescued from a wolf den in India by a missionary, this fictional story tells about Amala and Kamala through the eyes of a boy who lives at the orphanage. While the other children view the girls with disgust or fear and constantly taunt them, Mohandas tries to understand them and gain their trust. As Mohandas gets closer to Kamala, he tries to coax words out of her, encouraged by the Reverend who hopes the girls will one day speak and tell everyone details of their past with the wolves. But eventually Mohandas realizes that the girls' true nature and abilities do not match up with anyone's assumptions- they are not terrifying demons as the villagers fear, nor sources of hidden information as the Reverend hopes. They are something else altogether. Mohandas keenly observes how everyone reacts differently to the girls, and what that reveals about each person, including himself.

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  jeane | Jan 4, 2009 |
Life in a Christian orphanage in India is routine until a frightened villager reports stories of terrifying jungle ghosts. The ghosts turn out to be two young girls raised by wolves. Mohandas must help them fit in and protect them, not an easy task since they crawl, eat raw meat, can't speak and have eyes that glow blue at night. Based on an actual account of feral children in India in the 1920s.
  g3orgia | Mar 24, 2007 |
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In 1920 in India two children that have been raised by wolves are discovered and brought to an orphanage to be taught human behavior again.

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