The Wolf by Steven Herrick

From Booklist

“I’m not sure what hurts more / his ugly words, / his backhanders, / or watching Mum seeing it all / and doing nothing.” Lucy, 16, is furious and afraid of her violent father. On the neighboring sheep farm in a remote part of the Australian outback, her classmate Jake is close with his dad, bonded through their work together. Is the howling animal they hear at night the wolf that Jake’s dad swears he encountered in the bush? Or is it the dog that Lucy’s abusive dad drove away? The terse, free verse in short, clear lines moves fast as Jake and Lucy take off together, Jake to find the wolf, Lucy to escape. When Jake falls, she cares for him in a cave, they make out in bliss, and she returns home transformed. Lucy’s dad is portrayed as a two-dimensional monster, but that is true to her viewpoint. Telling the story through the teens’ alternating narratives, the poetry is plain and beautiful, and the blend of family drama, romance, and perilous adventure will grab readers. Hazel Rochman
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I had no idea what to expect when I picked this book up at the local library but the title caught my eye.  I didn’t open it or read the synopsis, I just checked it out, and I’m glad I did.  It had been a while since I’ve read a book written in narrative form and also in lyrical prose.  The two main characters, Jake and Lucy, so different and yet so alike and I enjoyed seeing their friendship deepen and form a strong bond that was life altering for both.  It’s a good clean and pleasant read.
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