The Boy, the Wolf and the Stars by Shivaun Plozza
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Publishing Date: November, 17, 2020
A boy and his pet fox go on a quest to find a wolf who has eaten all the stars in the sky before the Shadow Witch destroys the stars and removes good magic from the world forever.
Long ago, the land of Ulv was filled with magic. But that was before a wolf ate all the Stars in the night sky, ridding the world of magic and allowing Shadow Creatures, beasts made of shadow and evil, to flourish. Twelve-year-old Bo knows the stories but thinks the Stars and the wolf who ate them are nothing more than myths—until the day Bo’s guardian, Mads, is attacked by a giant wolf straight from the legends. With his dying breath, Mads tells Bo that Ulv is in danger and the only way to prevent the Shadow Creatures from taking over is to return the Stars to the sky.
And so Bo—accompanied by his best friend, a fox called Nix, a girl named Selene who’s magic is tied to the return of the Stars, and Tam, a bird-woman who has vowed to protect Bo at all costs—sets off on a quest to find the three magical keys that will release the Stars. But Bo isn’t the only one who wants the Stars, and the friends soon find themselves fleeing angry villagers, greedy merchants, and a vengeful wolf. And all the while, an evil witch lurks in the shadows and time is running out.
I received a copy of this book for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation made for this review (unless the enjoyment of your child liking the book too is compensation).
The Boy, The Wolf, And the Stars is a middle grade fantasy book that follows the journey of Bo, a young boy who knows nothing about his past and was raised by a woodsman. At first, you would think this is a typical hero’s journey with magic, a child protagonist, and a dark force taking over the world. However, I found this book to have a bit more.
The narrative is separated in point of view between the third person main narrative following Bo and a nonfiction like section that explains the world in a little more detail. This nonfiction part is amazing. There is a bit of humor that balances the darkness Bo experiences, but with added world building. It reminds me of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy where you get parts of the guide within the story making the world more interesting and pulling the reader in.
The story is so enthralling that my eight year old, Bug, has requested to read the book. He was reading over my shoulder, oftentimes reading faster than me. If that says anything, it’s a hit for parents and children.
The world is intricate, the writing is great, and the story has you wanting more. Definitely reccomend.
About the Author:
Shivaun Plozza is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults. Her debut novel, Frankie, was a CBCA Notable Book and won a number of awards, including the Davitt Awards and a commendation from the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. Her second novel, Tin Heart, sold in three foreign territories, received two starred reviews, and was nominated to ALA’S Best Fiction for Young Adults list. Her debut middle-grade novel, The Boy, the Wolf, and the Stars, is forthcoming in 2020 from HMH Books for Young Readers and Penguin Random House Australia. She is a frequent contributor to anthologies, and when she is not writing she works as an editor and manuscript assessor.