Published by Arthur A. Levine Books on September 26, 2017
Genres: Middle Grade, Fairy Tales & Folklore
Source: Paperback ARC from Publisher
Welcome, my little lambs, to the Puszcza. It's an ancient forest, a keeper of the deepest magic, where even the darkest fairy tales are real.
Here, a Girl is not supposed to be a woodcutter. Or be brave enough to walk alone.
Here, a Wolf is not supposed to love to read. Or be curious enough to meet a human.
And here, a Story is nothing like the ones you read in books, for the Witch can make the most startling tales come alive. All she needs is a Girl from the village, a Wolf from the forest, and a woodcutter with a nice, sharp axe.
So take care, little lambs, if you step into these woods. For in the Puszcza, it is always as dark as the hour between night and dawn -- the time old folk call the Wolf Hour. If you lose your way here, you will be lost forever, your Story no longer your own.
You can bet your bones.
The Wolf Hour is a middle Grade fairy tale by author Sara Lewis Holmes. I absolutely loved this story. It was such a treat for me to read. It was fun, creative, a little creepy and super cute all at once. I cannot wait for Sara Lewis Holmes next novel! I would recommend The Wolf Hour to readers of Middle grade and young adult alike. This book was excellent. It is about a town near the edge of the Forrest, where strange things keep happening. Girls go missing, or go mad. The Wolf Hour is such a unique concept, so even if my review does not do the book justice, still read it! You will love it, trust me!
The Puszcza is a magical forest where the stories that we all know and love come to life. With some black magic from the witch, she can actually pull people into the stories to live them. The Wolf Hour is told in multiple perspectives, from the three pigs, to Magia- our main character, to my very favorite character- Martin, the wolf! I don’t want to spoil the plot of the story because it is so excellently crafted that I want you to enjoy it for yourself. Instead, I am going to gush about the adorable-ness that is Martin the wolf.
Martin’s mom has lived in the Puszcza her whole life and she has seen the havoc that stories and tales can cause, so in order to protect Martin from that, he is only allowed to read books containing facts. No fiction stories for him. Martin loves to read, and he devoured encyclopedia’s and dictionaries and learns all kinds of facts. He cracked me up so much with all of his fact spewing, and curiosity and confusion with stories and talking pigs and girls. He was my absolute favorite part of the story. I would love to read another book with Martin.
Bottom line: The Wolf Hour is a wonderfully magical story that will appeal to both fans of middle grade and young adult. I loved the Puszcza, I loved the characters and I really loved the tale that Sara Lewis Holmes wove. She is an author to be on the look out for! I loved The Wolf Hour and I think you will too.
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