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Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feodora's mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder is the opposite of an animal tamer: it is a person who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves, and to fight and to run, and to be wary of humans.

When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves.

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10th May '17
DogsLoveReading read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
The Wolf Wilder 9781408854853
5 stars
Feo lives with her mother Marina and they untame wolves, but when General Rakov knocks at the door and says that the wolves killed an elk, he says they should shoot the wolves when they get a new one...this book is really good, especially because it had wolves in!
13th October '16
I read it to LouisR aged 11 aged 11
The Wolf Wilder 9781408854853
5 stars
 Feo is 12 and growing  up in Russia with her mother.  When her family come to the  attention of the military then her whole life changes. She sets off on an adventure to protect her way of life. 

I read  the book first to check the content before reading it with my 11 year old son. He loves Michael Morpurgo books so I hoped he would enjoy this and he did.  I plan to read it with my 10 & 8 year olds next.
The book covers happiness, adventure, loss and why it is so important to stand up for what you believe in.  The story line  is very immersible. the characters are believable and the book is so well written that although I wanted to know what would happen, I also didn't want  the book to end.  Well done Katherine Rundell for writing another lovely story that the whole family will enjoy.
8th October '16
Rosie2336 read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
The Wolf Wilder 9781408854853
5 stars
This book is about a Russian girl called Feodora who lives with her mother Marina. They live in a wooden house surrounded by the forest. The wolves Black, Grey and white sleep outside the house. One day there is a knock at the door! It wouldn't have been the wolves as they would come through the window and not knock at the door. Marina opened the door to General Rakav commander of the Tsar's Army claiming that Feodora's wolves killed a young elk but they were not bites from the wolves and they weren't Feodora's wolves!
General Rakav comes back with his army and takes Feodora's mother away to jail in St Petersburg and burns there house down. Feodora takes off with the wolves and a pup to find her mother. She travels miles in a snowy storm with her friend Ilya who was in the Russian Army and escaped. They come across a town and make some friends called Alexi and his sister Shasha who take them in and offer shelter and food. They become friends and plot away to get her mother out of jail.
It is a very good read. There are some dark moments for Feodora throughout the story but her determination turns it around with a happy ending.
15th November '16
Ilovehorses111 read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
The Wolf Wilder 9781408854853
5 stars
This was a really thought provoking book that left me hoping there would be another book by her. The characters were really well thought out and you could tell why they felt the way they did. The story line had many twists and turns and you could never guess what would happen next.
25th September '16
Toto read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
The Wolf Wilder 9781408854853
5 stars
I loved this book because its writen in a way that makes you want to go on and on and never stop. The charecter's personalities are exelent making you feel like you know them.
11th November '16
I read it myself (an adult) & to Josh aged 8 aged 8
The Wolf Wilder 9781408854853
5 stars
Wow, what a book! I read this before I gave it to my 8 year old son to check the content and while it is a challenging and exciting story which explores many themes like war, cruelty and torture, it is an excellent adventure story which shows how even children can overcome adversity.
The main character, Feodora, is a fantastic role model for all children and she acquires many friends as she travels to save her mother from prison.
The story is such a page turner that I'm sure you will not be able to put it down. My son found it difficult to get into at the start but once we were introduced to the main characters and the wolves he was as entranced as I had been.
It was also very interesting to read a story about Russia and the icy cold that they have to endure.
This book created many points for discussion for us which was great.
3rd January '17
Elliemai read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
The Wolf Wilder 9781408854853
5 stars
i really enjoyed this book.
my favorite character was feo because she was very smart and adventurous.
i would recommend this book to girls aged 8 plus 
5th October '16
I read it myself (an adult) & to Geo aged 8 aged 8
The Wolf Wilder 9781408854853
5 stars
I read this book myself before reading it with 8-year-old and I’m glad I did as it has a lot of challenging and dark themes.  I hesitated giving it to 8-year-old but actually I’m glad I did as I think kids can handle more than we often give them credit for. Some of the darker themes, which are not all explicitly described, are: torture of villagers, cruelty to soldiers (such as making elderly soldiers fight each other to death), hunger, poverty, starvation and more. But there are also some fine lessons in there about political theory, doing what’s right even when it’s not easy, the innocence and power of children, challenging inequality and a very subtle gay storyline.  It is historical fiction, set in pre-revolutionary Russia.  This was a paperback edition but the pages are heavy and interspersed with illustrations to appeal to younger readers.  The story follows a girl called Feo who is a wolf wilder and somewhat of a social outcast.  She is feisty, fiery and at odds with most children her age. As the book develops we see her wrestle with family loyalty, understanding of a cruel world and standing up to oppressors. I hadn’t even heard of wolf wilders before I read this book and I found the whole setting fascinating – the book took us into a whole new world and we loved it. The story of a unlikely hero triumphing over an unjust authority is strongly appealing to everyone and as an adult reading the book I was reminded of children’s natural dislike of unfairness.  This is one of the best children’s books I have read for a long time and is reminiscent of Philip Pullman (albeit not quite as epic). 8-year-old found it a real page turner too and was desperate to get to the end to find out what happens.  I expect great things from this author in future and will be making sure we have any future books in our collection.
14th September '17
I read it to MiaT aged 9 aged 9
The Wolf Wilder 9781408854853
5 stars
I read this book to my 9 year old daughter. We both really enjoyed it and got very involved in the story and what was going to happen. 
There is a strong female lead character and it's interesting to see how she changes during the book. Her friendship with the wolves is well described. 
Very different from other books we have read. We would both recommend it. 
25th September '17
I read it myself (an adult)
The Wolf Wilder 9781408854853
5 stars
"It was the kind of laughter that makes you doubt the things you thought you knew about the world.” Feo is forced to question all that she believed in the course of this thrilling, dangerous, but moving story set in Revolutionary Russia.
Feo and her mother, Marina, are wilders. The job of a wilder is to train a wolf to survive independently; to become tuned in to lost natural instincts; to become the wild beast it is meant to be. When her mother is arrested and taken to Kresty jail, Feo and her wolves set out to rescue her, whatever the cost.

With text rich in beautiful, evocative language, the reader is drawn into a world whose beauty Feo finds “itself a kind of company”, where “half grown trees [dip] like praying polar bears” and faces are described as “built on the blueprint of snow leopards and saints”. Descriptions of landscapes subtly shift to reflect the psychological and emotional state of Feo as she travels not only on a physical journey but also one of self-discovery. Like her wolves, she must who and how to trust, how to become a member of a pack. 
Distinctions between animals and humans are blurred. Rundell awakens the animal nature of the reader, appealing to the olfactory senses as well as other of our most basic instincts. The character of Rakov forces us to question who are the real animals. It’s dark, bleak, barren but the bright energy of the children, along with the dry wit of Feo and the warmth of the strong, loyal and loving relationships she builds, counter balances this cruel starkness. When ultimately the children lead the attack on the city, their colour contrasts with the dull, muted tones of the city of the adult world. 
Feo sees the world as she sees her wolves, in black and white, as right or wrong, but Grey reminds us that there are moral ambiguities: is one wrong perpetrated against an individual justified if it is for the common good? Is Rakov murdered or is it Darwinian survival of the fittest? The final image of the pup reminds us that he combines the black and the white, representing a new, brighter future for Feo and her newly extended ‘pack’.
This is a ‘meaty’ (pardon the pun) text that children deserve to be exposed to. Like that which embellishes wolves ears, this is truly “book gold”.
6th January '17
I read it myself (an adult)
The Wolf Wilder 9781408854853
5 stars
i decided to read this book to check the content was suitable for my 8 year old as my 9 year old enjoyed it so much.
the story is set in russia before the revolution and is about a 12 year old girl called feo who lived with her mother wilding wolves.
the opening of the book draws you in from the start and you find it very difficult to put it down.
the story is gripping and you are willing feo and her new friend ilya to triumph
i found the story to be suitable for my 8 year old and cant wait to see what she thinks of the story. there are a couple of sad parts in the book but feel my daughter is mature enough to understand them although i would recommend a parent to check the story before giving it to a child to read just in case as all children are different. 
9th September '16
I read it myself (an adult)
The Wolf Wilder 9781408854853
5 stars
I loved this story. Based in Russia during the tsar's rule where those who did not conform to ideals were targeted and punished.
We meet Feodora and her mother after a pregnant female wolf has been bought to them from a rich house, no longer needs she is to be taught how to be wild again.
Soldiers led by the mad Rakov come to the house and take her mother prisoner. Feo escapes with her 3 wolf friends and a pup.
Finding friends in unlikely places she becomes a hero in the children's eyes for blinding Rakov and is asked to tell her story and lead a revolt against the soldiers.
Somehow she ends up leading the village children to the city to free her mother.  It ius an uplifting read. Just because you are small does not mean you will not be heard if your actions are big.   A modern fable of bravery and standing up for those being bullied.  
29th September '17
I read it myself (an adult)
The Wolf Wilder 9781408854853
4 stars
A lovely book with  female lead - I love that it was a boy who wanted to do ballet too. Feo is a feisty girl who shows great determination.  The book explores the effect of power and fear.  The high level of description means you can really picture the story as it unfolds. The story is an incredible tale and I enjoyed the lead the children take to find a solution.
14th March '17
I read it to summerb aged 8 aged 8
The Wolf Wilder 9781408854853
3 stars
I started reading this with my 8 year old daughter but she just did not like it, when I asked her why she said it  did not interest her. 
 We only read a few chapters. We know it was about a young girl and her mother with a pack of wolves and them the military get involved.
  It is about a lot of different emotions but we cannot comment on the rest of the book. 
5th October '16
Yoloman read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
The Wolf Wilder 9781408854853
3 stars
I found it hard to get into the story it wasn't what I expected from reading the back of the book. It isn't a bad story, it just don't catch my attention.
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Katherine Rundell-tightrope walker, cartwheeler, academic, and author-was born in 1987 and grew up in Africa and Europe. In 2008 she was elected a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. Her first book, The Girl Savage, was born of her love of Zimbabwe and her own childhood there. Her second, Rooftoppers (Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award, Waterstones Childre...

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