Katherine Rundell is one of the best children’s writers going. Every one of her books is a joy to read, packed full of excitement, adventure and wonderful characters, but this is my favourite. The Wolf Wilder tells the story of Feo and her mother, who help guide tamed wolves back into the wild, against a backdrop of revolutionary Russia. (And if you, clever adult reading this, think this recommendation isn’t for you, pick up a copy of Rundell’s essay Why You Should Read Children's Books, Even Though You Are So Old and Wise to find out how wrong you are.)
From the publisher:
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.