The Wolf Wilder, written by Katherine Rundell, is probably the best book I have read all year (although, to be fair, I often say this about the book I have most recently finished). There’s humour, there’s fear, there’s hope, there’s dancing, there’s wolf wilding, there’s a girl who, unwillingly, leads an uprising. You’ve got to read it! It is just the thing to be reading right now. Find it in the Young Adults section at the library.
‘I didn’t want a revolution. I just wanted Mama. I just wanted things to be like they were. And… Alexei,’ she grinned at him, ‘sometimes when you talk about revolution, it’s actually quite annoying. That’s something I found out–revolutionaries are annoying. But… Rokov didn’t just come for us, for me and Mama. He took Yana’s Paul, and that meant he took part of Yana too. He took part of Sergei, and Sergei’s only eight.’
‘Nine!’ called Sergei. Practically nine! Nine in a week!’ Grigory laughed, and cuffed his son around the head.
Feo barely heard. ‘Rakov, he saw no reason not take the things he wanted. He thought fear was the most powerful thing in the world. He thought fear had the most kick–he thought we’d care more about being safe than being bold. But then… he took my Grey.’ Feo looked around the great square, at the golden domes around her, at the upturned faces. ‘And now I’d rather be bold. We’ve got to say, you do not get to take anything more. One person can’t do it–not alone–but all of us, us kids, we can take ourselves back. We can take our fear back. And I don’t know if we’ll win, but we have a right to try. The adults, they want us to be quit and careful, but we have a right to fight for the world we want to live in, and nobody has the right to tell us to be safe and sensible. I say, today, we fight!’
Also, the atmospheric and dream-like illustrations by Gelrev Ongbico definitely deserve a mention. They are gorgeous. You can see a few here.