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When a wolf attacks Bisou Martel in the woods, she kills it in self-defense. The next morning, the body of a fellow student is found in the woods, and a dark and dangerous mystery starts to unfold. Based on Little Red Riding Hood with a decidedly feminist twist, this book is undeniably spellbinding. Arnold uses second person for most of the narrative, blurring the lines between fiction and reality. In truth, if you present as female, you have probably dealt with slut shaming, toxic masculinity, and incels; Arnold covers these topics alongside examples of supportive female friendships, loving and consensual (and safe) sex, and frank descriptions of menstruation. The result is a book that feels wholly unique and entirely necessary. 

— Rachel Copeland

This feminist retelling of Little Red Riding Hood dazzles with gorgeous writing! Against the backdrop of a forest filled with shadows, beneath a "moon-full sky," boys who deem themselves entitled to whichever girls they choose transform into wolves to pursue the ones who reject them. During her monthly cycle, Bisou Martel becomes a hunter. She battles the wolves in a blood-soaked fight to the death, not realizing at first that the wolves are the same boys she knows from school. Powerful friendships connect girls to each other, while the author weaves in the jealousies and misperceptions that keep them apart. In the midst of the darkness, Bisou’s relationship with her sweet boyfriend, James, plays out, and I appreciated the positive light shone on consensual sex and love. Red Hood is a spectacular follow-up to Damsel, a Printz Honor book and Arnold’s feminist take on the traditional fairy tale (complete with a dragon you’ll never forget). Neither book should be missed by either teens or adults looking for great conversation starters!

— Jenny Chou

Product Details
ISBN: 9781094258393
ISBN-10: 1094258393
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: March 1st, 2020
Language: English