The Mad Wolf's Daughter

By: Diane Magras

In this Scottish medieval adventure, Drest, the youngest in a war-band, must free her family from a castle prison after knights attack her home.

ISBN: 9780735229266

JLG Release: Jun 2018


Sensitive Areas: Violence

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Awards & Honors

ALSC Notable Children's Books - 2019
CCBC Choices 2019 Choice: Fiction for Children

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal, The Horn Book Magazine

School Library Journal

Drest has just six days to save her father and brothers from the hangman’s noose in this adventure tale set in medieval Scotland. As the daughter of the “Mad Wolf of the North,” Drest is no stranger to a bit of scrapping, but when a band of knights, under the direction of a vengeful Lord Faintree, take her family’s camp by s Drest has just six days to save her father and brothers from the hangman’s noose in this adventure tale set in medieval Scotland. As the daughter of the “Mad Wolf of the North,” Drest is no stranger to a bit of scrapping, but when a band of knights, under the direction of a vengeful Lord Faintree, take her family’s camp by surprise, she alone must save them. Drest is likable and headstrong character, and the composite of various regions in Scotland will appeal to tweens who appreciate atmospheric woodsy settings. Readers will learn, along with Drest, about feudal village life, contemporaneous attitudes toward gender, and the relationship between truth and legend. Drest’s thoughts occasionally reflect some internalized misogyny; she is not like the other “frail women and girls” or “weak and feeble like every other lass.” These particular statements aren’t directly unpacked, but the young protagonist does engage in more illuminating conversations about gender with other characters. An allusion to rape that involves Drest’s brothers (“Was it a tribute to drag the weavers’ daughters into the woods—”) is dismissed as rumor. The running theme of trust and family secrets propels much of the plot, and while most conflicts are rather neatly tied up, Drest’s embrace of unlikely friendships and a new code of honor are well done. VERDICT A solid quest story for tweens with an interest in the Picts and medieval Scotland.—Della Farrell, School Library Journal

Horn Book

Twelve-year-old Drest sees her father and brothers captured and dragged away from their rough camp on a Scottish headland, but the invaders leave one of their own behind—wounded knight Emerick, whom Drest saw attacked by one of his own men. In exchange for helping him get back to the lord’s castle, Emerick promises Drest that he will allow her Twelve-year-old Drest sees her father and brothers captured and dragged away from their rough camp on a Scottish headland, but the invaders leave one of their own behind—wounded knight Emerick, whom Drest saw attacked by one of his own men. In exchange for helping him get back to the lord’s castle, Emerick promises Drest that he will allow her to exchange him for one of her brothers, who are sure to hang. Drest agrees, but secretly plans to rescue all four brothers and her father, too. Over the course of their journey, Drest drives a gang of bullies away from a boy, Tig, who then joins them on their quest; she also saves a witch from being burned at the stake, and faces down a bandit. While her exploits win her some degree of renown, the tales she hears of her own family’s past leave her shaken and dismayed. Did her father poison a well and decimate an entire village? Could he really have slain Emerick’s best friend, the Lady Celestina? Magras touches only lightly on thirteenth-century feudal Scottish life, saving her emphasis for action sequences and emotional conflicts. She dodges a predictable outcome and lands on a satisfying conclusion that, without being overly rosehued, will gratify those rooting for idealism over gritty reality. -Anita L. Burkam, Horn Book

Book Details

ISBN

9780735229266

First Release

June 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

288

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.7; Points: 8;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.2; Points: 12;

Lexile

Level 670L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Kathy Dawson

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence

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