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Wolf by Wolf: One girl?s mission to win a race and kill Hitler Paperback – October 4, 2016
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Gr 8 Up—What if Hitler and the Axis powers had won World War II? Part alternative history, part spy novel, and part coming-of-age tale, this work is most of all the story of Ya-el, a young woman who escaped the horrors of a concentration camp but could not escape being changed forever by Nazi experimentation. Ya-el is a shape-shifter, assuming other people's appearances with ease. As a resistance fighter, Ya-el is given a critical mission: assume the identity of motorcycle racing champion Adele Wolf and compete in the Axis Tour. She must win the race and assassinate Hitler at the victory dance. However, she doesn't count on Felix, Adele's brother, accompanying her. Ya-el struggles against the grueling race course, her competitors, and the nightmares of her past as she seeks to win the race and set off a revolution. Can Ya-el keep the secret of her true identity? And how did she develop the abilities that enable her deadly mission? These questions are answered by flashbacks interspersed throughout. While potentially confusing, the chronological shifts are well-integrated. Graudin's prose is artful and addictive. The ending feels rushed, crying out for the likely sequel. VERDICT Recommended for those who enjoy historical fiction with a dose of fantastical science.—Kelly Kingrey-Edwards, Mirus Academy Library, TX --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"Wild and gorgeous, vivid and consuming. I loved it! I can't wait for the sequel."―Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy
"A haunting portrayal of one girl's courage in the face of a vicious world. I was racing along with Yael until the book's heart-pounding conclusion. A triumph."―Megan Shepherd, author of The Madman's Daughter
"Ryan Graudin opens one of the darkest chapters in history and spins a what if into an incredible tale of survival, identity, and purpose. This is the kind of book you can't put down, and the kind that follows you long after you have. It is, quite simply, a masterpiece."―Victoria Schwab, author of The Archived series
"The rush of an action movie combined with a flawlessly executed history, this is the book I've been waiting for. I loved WOLF BY WOLF, and I'm not speaking to my friends till they've read and loved it too."
―Jackson Pearce, author of Sisters Red and Tsarina
"WOLF BY WOLF completely immerses the reader in a story they'll never forget. Filled to the brim with tension and intrigue, nonstop action, and a vivid cast of characters, you'll feel every bump in the road they ride. I simply couldn't stop reading--and wherever Ryan Graudin rides next, I'll follow."
―Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of These Broken Stars
"We loved Yael's poignant flashbacks and the heart-pounding adrenaline of the race and her mission. This is WWII meets X-men meets The Hunger Games on motorcycles, with a kickass heroine and cute guys.―Justine Magazine
* "Graudin (The Walled City) crafts another fast-paced, enthralling tale of sacrifice and dogged determination as she fuses alternate history and spy-thriller suspense. A provocative rumination on self-preservation, the greater good, and the boundaries that keep heroes from becoming as cruel as those they fight."―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
* "Beyond its breath-taking climax, the novel provokes deeper questions about the 'moreness' Yael begins to see in her competitors' identities, and in her own."―VOYA (starred review)
"Graudin's prose is artful and addictive."―School Library Journal
"Alternate histories can be risky gambits, but in Graudin's capable hands, it pays off in spades. Yael is a compelling protagonist, both strong and flawed, and, even imbued as it is with sci-fi elements, seeing both WWII and the concentration camp experience through her eyes is a terrifying adventure."―Booklist
"With this complex and well-crafted mix of action, emotion, and alternate history, Graudin provides something new and notable for readers of historical and dystopian fiction."―The Bulletin
"Give this to fans of espionage novels, and strong female protagonists; some dystopian fans may even take to the resistance storyline."―School Library Connection
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But Yael survives, escapes her captors and begins to forge a new life, not at first telling her adopted "family" about her newly acquired talent of taking on faces at will, skin shifting. When the time comes she is a willing part of a plan to take down the Furher and destroy the Reich forever. Her way forward is the axis cycling race, a race comprising of the youth of Japan and Germany racing across parts of Europe, Africa and finally culminating in Tokyo. Of course, she can't enter as herself, she is an unknown and that will expose her to too much scrutiny so she decides to take on the face of the only past female racer, Adele Wolfe. But life is never easy and Yael is about to embark on an adventure complicated by wearing the skin of another.
The descriptions of the race were really exciting to read. The whole thing kind of reminded me of the Tour de France. I never really knew I could care about bikes, racing terminology, feats of human endurance and strength but the author made me change my mind. At every stop, every mishap, every act of sabotage, my heart was in my throat as I cheered Yael on. Would she succeed, would she make it to the finish line, would all the deceptions and compromises she has made so far be worth it?
I loved this book, from start to finish. I loved the writing, the characters, the setting, the descriptions of the different food items at the different stops, even the excruciating nature of the race was thrilling and exciting. I loved that Yael was a character who embodied weakness even in her strength. She is in an impossible situation impersonating another person. She has the face of Adele and with that, the burdens of Adele's past relationships and mistakes. Many times she is confronted with the expectation of how she is supposed to behave as Adele, how she is supposed to react as Adele and the consequences of Adele's sins. But through it all, she manages to finagle herself out of situations in believable ways.
Though we never get to know too much about the supporting cast of characters, they add much to the story and show us more about Yael. My favorite supporting character was Luka who you never know if you should trust him or plan his murder. He is cunning, smart and hilarious.
I can't wait to read the sequel!
As Yael begins her mission, to impersonate former Axis Tour Victor Adele Wolfe, her resolve to take down Hitler is stronger than ever. Yael has lost everyone important to her and has been stripped of her own identity through the experimentation she endured as a child. Though she is full of anger and retribution, she recognizes that this mission’s success has the potential to become a catalyst, a spark that will signal a revolution that could give way to a better future for the world. She knows how much depends on her being able to masquerade as someone else. This scheme puts in her in a precarious situation, where every word, look, or action threatens to expose her. This is made even more dangerous by the presence of Adele Wolfe’s twin brother Felix and former competitor Luka Löwe. Both know more about Adele than Yael, and both challenge her view of what she has learned on paper about each. Yael is a determined character, but what sets her apart is, despite the injustices done to her, there remains a part of her who refuses to become like those she hates.
Wolf By Wolf is as terrifying as it is fascinating. Graudin’s world explores crimes by Nazi Germany that are rarely explored: human experimentation, as well as envisioning a different history that is frightening in its plausibility. Graudin’s novel is heartbreaking, thrilling, and near perfect in execution, whose impact will be felt long after finishing.