Monday, March 20, 2017
THIS IS NOT A WEREWOLF STORY, by Sandra Evans
The story: Raul is a loner at his boarding school, saying little to anyone and living for the weekends, where he can disappear into the woods and meet up with his mother. People just wouldn't understand about his mother being a wolf (or him either). Little do they know that a notorious hunter of spirit animals is on her trail, and that Raul himself could be the one that leads him to her.
June Cleaver's ratings: Language G; Violence PG; Sexual content G; Nudity PG; Substance abuse G; Magic & the occult PG; GLBT content G; adult themes (parental abandonment; evil-doing by trusted adults) PG; overall rating PG.
Liz's comments: This was an intelligent, interesting story but it's hard to know how to target it, because it really ISN'T a werewolf story--so its usual audience of blood-thirsty boys is kind of a non-starter. Hand it to kids who like the whole Spirit Animals concept and series by Brandon Mull, and to kids who like a story about a boy who does his best to fix his own mistakes.