Wolf by Gillian Cross


Written by Gillian Cross

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This Carnegie prize-winning title brilliantly tells a spine-chilling thriller of contemporary terrorists interwoven with an understanding of it through the story of Red Riding Hood. Cassie draws on the fairy story as a way of dealing with the dangerous uncertainties of her own life.


Wolf by Gillian Cross

Cassy lives with her granny, until the night that she hears strange footsteps coming into their flat. The next morning, she is packed off to her mum's - a squat in London that her beautiful, simple mother shares with a couple of actors. Cassy does her best to throw herself into her mother's life, even agreeing to take part in their travelling show called 'Wolf'. But she can't ever get rid of the feeling that something is following her, and something bad is going to happen. Her fear grows as time passes, until Cassy knows she must face up to her past: who her father is, why he left and where he has gone. What she doesn't know is that some questions are better left unanswered...


A really haunting novel from Gillian Cross. * The Guardian * A thrilling adventure story * She magazine * This is a splendid, daring book. * School Librarian * Beautifully written, rich in imagery and clever in construction. * Children's Books Ireland * Cross subtly intertwines complex themes while building up characterisation, balancing the real-life horror of terrorism with pragmatism and mysticism. * Time Out * Richly imaginative * Mail on Sunday * The book is alive and real, and keeps [children] turning the pages till the end, and keeps them thinking about the story long after the book is finished. * Books for Keeps * Wolf is an outstanding achievement. * TES *

About the Author

Gillian Cross

Gillian Cross has won numerous literary prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Children’s Novel Award (now the Costa), and the Smarties Prize.

Gillian Cross has been writing children’s books for over thirty years. Before that, she took English degrees at Oxford and Sussex Universities, and had various jobs including working in a village bakery and being an assistant to a Member of Parliament. She won the Carnegie Medal for Wolf, the Smarties Prize and the Whitbread Children’s Novel Award for The Great Elephant Chase; and the Little Rebels Award for After Tomorrow.

Read more about Gillian Cross and a Q&A with the author here.

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224 pages


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Oxford University Press

Publication date

3rd April 2008




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