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Wolf Storm Hardcover – August 30, 2011
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About the Author
Dee Garretson spent her childhood helping her father build his offbeat inventions and playing adventure games in the woods. After working as a landscape designer and teaching landscape horticulture classes for several years, Dee returned to writing. Her debut novel, Wildfire Run, has been praised for its suspense and its hero, Luke, who “with his companions, displays generous measures of courage and ingenuity in rising to the occasion” (ALA Booklist). She lives with her family in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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This book is written for a middle school audience, although I think it will also appeal to the high school set. The story centers around three kids: Stefon, a very likable 14 year old who is a great big brother and a good kid; Raine, a very unlikable (in the beginning) 13 year old; and Jeremy, an asthmatic 8 year old who clings to Stefon like moss on a tree. The setting is in a very rural mountainous part of eastern Europe, but the really cool part of the setting is that it takes place on a movie set. I cannot remember ever reading a novel that centered on kid actors.
The plot generally moves at a rapid-fire pace, although there are some slow spots as Garretson sets up the story. Once the action starts, grab the rails because it is one life-threatening catastrophe after another. Giving as little as possible away, through a series of assumptions and bad decisions, the three kids have been left alone at the movie site with only one adult, Cecil, who is very old and chooses this time to have a heart attack (ok, he didn't really choose to, but the fact is he did have one). Mother Nature decides to let loose a record-setting snow storm and ensuing avalanches destroy the lodge where the kids are, the only bridge that gives access to their site, and apparently all the cell-phone towers. The kids are left to their own resources to save themselves and Cecil.
Character development is very strong throughout the book, but two areas really shine. First, Raine is a very successful child actor and has been coddled and spoiled to the point that "snob" does not begin to describe her. It is not her fault that she is what she is, but the fact remains she is a very unlikable jerk. But when adversity throws the kids into a situation where they must work together just to stay alive for the next hour, she starts and continues to grow as a strong, courageous, and caring young woman. She may not be Katniss, but she is well on her way. Garretson does a fantastic job transitioning Raine. The second area that caught my attention was the big brother side of Stefon. Either Garretson had younger brothers herself or she is the mother of boys. I, like Stefon, was a mid-teen big brother to two brothers 8 and 6 years younger than me. I was the built-in babysitter. Garretson captures the essence of the experience perfectly. If she managed this sans-experience, somebody should tell her she got it just right. (Like the part of scaring the kids; in the movies the big brother delights in frightening the kids. Yeah, right. Only if you want two little rug-rats clinging to you and screaming your name if you walk out of the room. Stefon knows this!)
The book rates 5 stars when considered as a middle school book. For adults, it might be a little less intriguing.
Wolf Storm had me on the edge of my seat and holding my breath until I got to the end of the chapter. Where there I'm taken back to the top of the roller coaster. What a ride! =)
Stefan, well in the beginning of his teenage years, has just started his acting career. He never intended to audition for the role, but when he was asked to try out he unintentionally got the part. And by the twist of fate he ironically takes a similar role in his real life 'disaster'.
At first, Stefan didn't believe that he belonged and that he couldn't keep up with expectations that are needed for his acting role, especially since he had Raine constantly giving him the stink eye, and Sherman giving him attitude on his inadequate acting. But everything changes and he realizes there is more to him; It 'only' took them being stranded, avalanched, and hurt to near freezing to realize it.
(did you catch my hint of sarcasm -_^)
Everything was fine and moving along until everyone decided to go into town for a break. From there everything takes a turn for the worse.
A gripping tale of being stuck in the snowy mountains and the struggle to keep alive till help comes.
Imagine taking care of a 13 year old girl whose always in the Lime Light, a 9 year old that's still too young to know things & has asthma problems no less! And an old man that's on the brink of a heart attack. Oh boy!!
With no food, limited resources, no cellphones (OMG!!), ice and snow everywhere, and hungry wolves waiting for you to make a mistake.
Where's Bear Grylls when you need him!!?? =)
Wolf Storm is a great story giving off the message that you can overcome anything with perseverance, that obstacles overcome makes you stronger, that wild one-eyed wolves are bad news, to always have a lighter on your person, and it's a good a idea to maybe want to have your cellphone with you at ALL TIMES!! ^_^
Thank you Ms Garretson & HarperCollins for a thrilling ride!! And now please let me excuse myself while I go get my heartbeat back to normal.
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Author: Dee Garretson
Published By: Harper / Harper Collins
Age Recommended: 8 +
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
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