Children’s Book Reviews

Children's Book Review: Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl

Publish November 5, 2013

pohlweary_wolfgirl_hc_REV Emily Pohl-Weary 9780670066407 Penguin Sept. 2013. 298 pp. Ages 12 and up. Sometimes life can get a little hairy. In Emily Pohl-Weary’s Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl, eighteen-year-old Sam Lee has never been a normal teenager. The main talent behind a popular indie rock group, Sam avoids the public eye, preferring instead the solitude of her studio apartment. Then one night, while cycling through Central Park, she is attacked and bitten by a werewolf. Now, Sam must learn to control her new appetites and abilities while navigating the complex relationships of the were-world, maintaining the façade of her former life, and avoiding the media attention caused by her peculiar behaviour. When she discovers that an even more ominous threat is stalking city streets, Sam must ignore her reclusive tendencies and work with her new pack to protect other innocent girls from a merciless predator – while trying not to become one herself. Winner of the 2002 Hugo award, Emily Pohl-Weary’s previous works celebrate strong, independent females and Sam Lee is no exception. This ultra-cool rock star is a refreshingly smart and edgy alternative to the valley girl stereotypes prominent in many teen movies and fiction. In fact, Pohl-Weary’s story is brimming with an eclectic cast of characters whose various lifestyle choices mesh together into an almost comic-book-like pastiche of post-modern culture. From the artist who re-envisions popular characters in gay and lesbian poses, to the eerily prescient bookstore owner, the book is custom-made for teens searching for self-acceptance. Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl is an action-packed introduction to shape-shifter literature, but this bloodthirsty adventure is not for the weak-stomached and carnivores should read it with the barbeque running. Karen Doerksen Karen Doerksen lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta with her husband and four children. She works for the Edmonton Public Library, and holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alberta. Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. This review, and all of our children’s book reviews, are free to reprint and repost. Download the files here or Contact Us for more information. Word: Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl PDF:Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl