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The Wolf Princess [Paperback]

Cathryn Constable
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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Book Description

4 Oct 2012
Alone in the world, Sophie dreams of being someone special, but she could never have imagined this \. On a school trip to Russia, Sophie and her two friends find themselves on the wrong train. They are rescued by the beautiful Princess Anna Volkonskaya, who takes them to her winter palace and mesmerises them with stories of lost diamonds and a tragic past. But as night falls and wolves prowl, Sophie discovers more than dreams in the crumbling palace of secrets \.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (4 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908435348
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908435347
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and uncomplicated 14 Nov 2012
By Doha VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Wolf Princess is a charming story of English schoolgirl, Sophie Smith. Orphan Sophie is unremarkable, and her life is drab. She dreams of wolves and snow, and longs for something wonderful to happen. Just when it seems that Sophie and her friends will be spending the school trip in the most boring place imaginable, everything changes and she's assigned to the St Petersburg group.

Put on the wrong train, the girls end up at the palace of the compelling Princess Anna Feodorovna Volkonskaya - the Wolf Princess. Sophie, feeling more at home than she's ever felt, learns about the Volkonsky family, killed during the 1917 revolution, and is drawn into the mystery of the lost Volkonsky diamonds.

I think 8-12 year-old readers will find this most satisfying - it's a sweet, uncomplicated story of an orphan finding her place in the world, and of friendships between seemingly mismatched people: Sophie and her two roommates Marianne and Delphine in London, as well as the mysterious Dmitri and Masha in the Volkonsky palace in Russia.

**Mild Spoilers Ahead**

Most readers will be able to guess the 'mystery' out straight away, and in view of that, I feel like the author shouldn't have dragged the reveal out to the very end, because it only made me frustrated with Sophie for being so obtuse. Even though logic makes that seem like a sensible line, storytelling demands Sophie work it out close to the same pace as the reader. I also felt the characterisation was a bit two-dimensional: Constable played with contrasts that usually work well, but didn't add enough nuance or sympathy to really make the story come together and work for me at an emotional or story-level. There were hints and flashes of better, particularly in the telling of the Volkonsky history, and if she can bring the same level of workmanship to the rest of her writing, then I hope her future books will really be magical.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to cherish 17 Oct 2012
By Fatima
Format:Paperback
If you have a daughter who thinks that she is not beautiful enough, or not bright enough, or that her family is just too difficult, or that nothing exciting ever happens in her life, in short, if you have a daughter give her this book and let her make friends with Sophie, who will take her on the most magical journey to Russia.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Betwitching, enchanting and exciting tale! 17 Oct 2012
Format:Hardcover
Wolf Princess is a magical story for young girls. Beautifully written, with lots of sly humour, Cathryn Constable perfectly captures the voice of Sophie as she is slowly drawn into the mystery of her own identity. I could feel the icy coldness not just of the frozen Russian winter but of the villains as they start to circle their prey. A brilliant story all round.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Tale 16 Oct 2012
Format:Hardcover
Cathryn Constable has a rare and extraordinary imagination which will enchant young girls (and much older ones) all over the world. They won't be able to help falling in love with Sophie Smith and the magical, snowy, icy, sparkling, strange and beautiful Russia she finds herself in. The book opens with Sophie's haunting dream memory of her father which sings its way through the story, and the courage Sophie has to muster to conquer the difficulties she faces is convincing and skilfully written.

There are scenes that make you think and scenes that make you wonder; scenes that make you fear for Sophie and scenes that make you cheer her on. And the magical story is, from time to time, brought back to reality by the humour, real friendship and occasional rivalry between the three utterly believable ordinary schoolgirls who find themselves in an extraordinary world.

I am far older than the readers this book has been written for, but it is testament to Constable's imagination that her story caught my imagination and held my attention. I only wish I were ten because when I was it took me days to return to the ordinary world from the world of a book as good as this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid, entertaining read 21 Oct 2012
By Michael Sutherland VINE VOICE
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Sophie Smith is an orphan. Left with her stern guardian, she attends a boarding school where she dreams of better times. Making friends with Delphine, an elegant French girl and Marianne, the clever one in the class, she thinks nothing exciting will ever happen. But when a stranger turns up to their school and demands Sophie's presence at her school in Russia, mysterious events start to happen and the girls find themselves at the Winter Palace, miles away from their intended school - and things start to get strange with Princess Anna Volkonskaya

The Wolf Princess is a very nice children's story. The characters are lovable and the settings evocative. It moves along at a very good pace and whilst the plot is a bit predictable, it unfolds in a way which is very well done. Well worth a read.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Such a beautiful book! 26 Oct 2012
By Serendipity Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
You can't review this book without discussing the cover and the gorgeous purple edging. What you can't see from the photo is the sparkly bits and silver lettering which make this book look absolutely stunning. The purple edging which seems to becoming a more common addition to books recently really sets it off. If I was a kid, I would like nothing more than to find this book in my Christmas stocking. I think it might just be my favourite cover of the year.
The book is set in Russia during the winter, which just adds to that Christmassy feel. A huge amount of snow features which left me in desperate need of a lovely hot chocolate and a hot water bottle. At times I actually felt physically freezing, especially when Sophie and her friends found themselves thrown off a train in the middle of the night during a snow storm.
The richness of the prose in the first chapters had me reminiscing my childhood favourites such as The Children of Green Knowe and The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. It really has that timeless quality to it. As the book progressed I did become absorbed into the story although I will admit that I found it slowed a little too much in the middle. Thankfully the ending really pulled me back into the book and I was completely transfixed by the story.
Many of the characters were lovely - although as normal the animals won my heart. The wolves were just adorable, even though to begin with they were portrayed as threatening predators. The baddies of the book, were really mean as they tried to make Sophie's life even harder than it already was. A few characters in the book talk with Russian accents and I did find that jolted me a little out of the story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read for advanced 8 year old
My youngest daughter loves reading, and she has really enjoyed reading this book. There are not many pictures, but my daughter reports that the characters are well defined and... Read more
Published 2 days ago by McColey
5.0 out of 5 stars went down well with 11 year old
I gave this out at school where I work & the following back from an 11 year old...
"I liked the animals and all the characters in this book, I think more people should... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Mad Saint Uden
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, if slight
The Wolf Princess is a beautifully written tale of an orphan who finds herself head over heels in snowy adventure near St Petersburg, Russia, with her two best friends. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Martin Turner
3.0 out of 5 stars Average
I read this to my 7-year-old daughter over several bedtimes. I thought it was pretty average to be honest. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tim Roast
4.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Russia
Sophie has always dreamed of Russia - a wild romantic Russia of woods, wolves and snow. It's a world straight out of her father's stories, and she hears his voice sometimes telling... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Book Gannet
4.0 out of 5 stars Magical and truly Entertaining
This book lightened up my nieces day.
It is a magical book which kept her entertained from beginning to end. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. C. Colbert
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and atmospheric
I really liked the feel of this book set predominantly in Russia, the land of the wolf.

It certainly has a sense of The Snow Queen about it and you know instantly that... Read more
Published 4 months ago by P Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wolf Princess
My daughter, age 8 has really enjoyed this story although some Russian words a bit tricky, ok with help from me. Probably better for 10+
Published 5 months ago by PaperTree
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Adventure.......................
'The Wolf Princess' by Cathryn Constable immediately transported myself and my grand daughter to the magical, frozen landscape that is Russia, and took us deep into the intrigue... Read more
Published 5 months ago by laineyf
3.0 out of 5 stars nice novel but not brill
I found the plot of this novel rather dull but i am sure that's because i am an adult. The story was just too predictable for me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. Denny S. Abeykoon
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