by KATHERINE RUNDELL
Reviewed by Mrs. B 🐝
STAR RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
RECOMMENDED YEAR GROUP: 5/6
INTERESTS: adventures, Russia, Russian history, wolves, tsars
THEMES: re-wilding animals, friendship, Russian hardship, Russian landscapes
IF YOU LIKED THIS, YOU’LL LOVE:
Eye of the Wolf by Daniel Pennac
The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson
Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver
Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis
The Girl of Ink & Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Freaks by Kieran Larwood
The Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding (and other Cat Royal books)
This book is set in deepest, darkest Russia about 100 years ago when life was very difficult. Feodora (Feo) is a young girl who lives with her mother in the middle of nowhere and they re-wild wolves after they have been thrown out of their ‘rich’ houses.
The story is gripping from the start and the language used is fantastic: the description of the landscapes is brilliant. The story is fast-paced and exciting. There are some gruesome moments, which are quite graphic, but nothing too bad.
I can’t wait to use this for guided reading (the Literacy Shed Plus has a set of excellent questions).
I’m a fairly slow reader, but I read this book in a couple of days as I couldn’t put it down.
I can think of quite a few writing links: poetry, based on snow; narrative – rewrite part of the story from another characters point of view; research Russian history; research the re-wilding of animals; Russian geography; letters/telegrams to/from characters; write an extra chapter.
I highly recommend this book. 📚🙂