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Red Hood

By: Elana K. Arnold

You are alone in the woods, seen only by the unblinking yellow moon. Your hands are empty. You are nearly naked.

And the wolf is angry.


Since her grandmother became her caretaker when she was four years old, Bisou Martel has lived a quiet life in a little house in Seattle. She’s kept mostly to herself. She’s been good. But then comes the night of homecoming, when she finds herself running for her life over roots and between trees, a fury of claws and teeth behind her.

A wolf attacks. Bisou fights back. A new moon rises. And with it, questions. About the blood in Bisou’s past and on her hands as she stumbles home. About broken boys and vicious wolves. About girls lost in the woods—frightened, but not alone.

ISBN: 9780062742353

JLG Release: May 2020


Sensitive Areas: Crime: Stalking, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Marijuana Use, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Language: Strong Language, Medical: Reproductive/Sexual Reference/Discussion, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Social Issue: Abortion, Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse, Violence: Graphic Descriptions, Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape
Topics: Transformation , Fairy-tale retellings , Werewolves , Menstruation , Family secrets , Grandmothers , Sexual assault

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After a consensual (and vividly described) sexual encounter with her boyfriend that, to her surprise, ends in her beginning to menstrate for the first time, sixteen-year-old Bisou is attacked by a wolf on her way home, and is able to kill it. The next day, she learns that a male classmate has been found naked and dead in the same area of the woods. After a consensual (and vividly described) sexual encounter with her boyfriend that, to her surprise, ends in her beginning to menstrate for the first time, sixteen-year-old Bisou is attacked by a wolf on her way home, and is able to kill it. The next day, she learns that a male classmate has been found naked and dead in the same area of the woods. It is revealed, partly through an extended flashback, that Bisou has inherited the role of "hunter" from her gradnmother, that her menses will continue to arrive with the full moon, and that during that time wolves will attack girls or women and she will have the ability to kill those wolves. Arnold (author of the Printz Honor—winning original fairy tale Damsel, rev. 11/18) here spins "Little Red Riding Hood as a story of rape, rape culture as well as of female strength and vengeance. Second-person narration with evocative description makes for a captivatingly immediate reading experience ("As his jaw snaps at you, so close you feel the skim of his teeth on your flesh, the slice of his claw at your breast, you find his neck, your fingers plunge deep into his lush fur and you lunge past him"). Occasional interspered free-verse poems by Bisou and her murdered mother distill the emotions present in the narrative. A disturbing but ultimately empowering, and thoroughly immersive, feminist fairy tale.

Book Details

ISBN

9780062742353

First Release

May 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

368

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Balzer + Bray

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Crime: Stalking, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Marijuana Use, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Language: Strong Language, Medical: Reproductive/Sexual Reference/Discussion, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Social Issue: Abortion, Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse, Violence: Graphic Descriptions, Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape

Topics

Transformation, Fairy-tale retellings, Werewolves, Menstruation, Family secrets, Grandmothers, Sexual assault,

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