Wolfstongue (Hardcover)

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This middle grade book stars Silas, a boy who has trouble speaking when under pressure, and two talking wolves ‘on the run’ from a colony of foxes that enslave wolves. Silas helps wolf Isengrim by removing a sliver from his paw; Isengrim returns the favor after a fox gives Silas a nasty bite on his ankle. Dangerous adventures ensue with Silas, the wolves, and other talking animals, including a crow and a cat who love to taunt each other. Delightful!

— Kay Wosewick


2023 USBBY Outstanding International Books

"As in George Orwell's "Animal Farm," the dynamics of oppression and resistance that play out between animals mirror those between humans." The New York Times
"The best animal adventure since Watership Down" -- The Times (The Times Children's Book of the Week, July 3rd 2021

"Gripping and profound" -- New Statesman
"A hugely original tale" -- The Irish Times
"A thrilling adventure" -- Meg Rosoff, author of How I Live Now

The children's debut by Booker-longlisted author Sam Thompson is an engrossing, thoughtful, beautifully written story about humans and animals, voice and power, neurodiversity and acceptance.

Inspired by his own experience of having a son with speech difficulties, Wolfstongue is Sam Thompson's first novel for children.

Silas is a young boy who is bullied at school because his words will not come. He wishes he could live in silence as animals do. Deep in the Forest, the foxes live in an underground city built by their wolf slaves. The foxes' leader Reynard controls everything with his clever talk. One day, Silas helps an injured wolf. Then he enters the secret world of the Forest, where the last remaining wolves fight to survive. But even there, language is power. Can Silas find his voice in time to help his wolf friends - can he become the Wolfstongue?

A The Times children's book of the week in 2021

About the Author

Anna Tromop is a Norwegian illustrator who lives in Hanoi, Vietnam. She completed her MA in Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art in 2019.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781915071002
ISBN-10: 1915071003
Publisher: Little Island Books
Publication Date: August 30th, 2022
Pages: 224
Language: English