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Wolf: Complete & Unabridged [Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Gillian Cross , Christian Rodska
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Sep 1995
Cassy is forced to stay with her mother in a squatter's settlement of artists, where she joins the group in producing an educational program about wolves and inadvertently learns that her missing father is a notorious terrorist.
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Product details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Children's Audio Books (Sep 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745125069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745125060
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 14.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,907,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Gillian Cross has been writing children's books for over thirty years. Before that, she took English degrees at Oxford and Sussex Universities, and she has had various jobs including working in a village bakery and being an assistant to a Member of Parliament. She is married with four children and lives in Dorset. Her hobbies include orienteering and playing the piano. She won the Carnegie Medal for Wolf and the Smarties Prize and the Whitbread Children's Novel Award for The Great Elephant Chase.

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An exciting, questioning, absorbing novel which deservedly merits its prize-winning status. Recommended. (Books in Schools )

a wonderful book...the writing is so good that you don't even notice it (Sunday Telegraph ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A really haunting novel from Gillian Cross. (The Guardian) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Gripping 22 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is amazing. It is intelligent and beautifully written, and asks you thousands of mysterious questions. It stars Cassy, a teenage girl who lives with her Nan. Cassy knows nothing about her father and asks no questions, either about him or about her Nan's secret midnight visitor. All she knows is that his visits are connected to her sudden visits to her mother's. Bundeled onto a train with her bags and money she dicovers her mother, Goldie, her boyfriend Lyall and his son Robert living in a squat. They are producing a play on Wolves. As Cassy becomes more and more involved in the production of the play, she begins to sense a terrifingly real wolf stalking her....... The story is exciting and keeps you guessing until the last minute. It tells us to look at things in a diferent way and think about what is real and what are lies. It is a brilliant multi-layered novel, for anyone over 12 years old. A wonderful book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Little red riding hood in London '89 2 Oct 2011
Format:Paperback
I recently re-read this book and found it as gripping a it was when I was a teenager. The book is believable and fascinating from an adult point of view- the main character is the daughter of a hippy and an IRA member, which is a plausible union and an interesting perspective. There's obviously elements to the story that younger readers would fail to pick up.

The story is mainly set in a squat in south London in the late eighties, so it has an almost nostalgic feel. The characters are interesting, well-defined, and memorable. The wolf theme present throughout the book was well handled and served to link several different themes and characters. My criticism would be that the author sought to reduce the more complex political matter of Irish republicanism to simple reflections on human nature, without giving her protagonist the chance to explore the historical and present-day issues at hand. Any explanation or discussion was only approached through the metaphor of 'the big bad wolf'- brief mentions of territory battles and extinction- and was not allowed to get any more concrete. But as Robert says in the book 'if things are there, you have to admit them in the end.'
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
'Wolf' is the only book (for years) that has gripped me enough to make me sit down and read it in one sitting. It centres around a young girl and her relationship with her family but with a supernatural twist. It includes fantasy elements such as dream and is primarily post-moderist although it retains the easy to follow structures of realist fiction. Its material may be scary to younger children so is most suitable for the 12-15 year old age range. A 'must-read' for all wishing to examine Cross' work beyond 'The Demon Headmaster.'
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wolf Rocks in my point of view! 28 Jan 2002
Format:Paperback
Book Review- Wolf
This book is a book about a girl called Casy who lived with her paternal Grandmother. She had a father who had divorced her mother. Casy called her Grandmother Nan.
He came early in the morning. He slowly padded across the portico. And silently passed the closed door. One glimpsed at his shadow. He silently walked past the closed door again, but Cassy saw him!
Cassy had never understood the connection to her midnight visitor and to her Nan's flat and her sudden trips to her Mother's house. But this time, she knew something was wrong.
When Cassy was on her way to her mother's house, she finds out that her mother is living in a squat with her boyfriend Lyall and his son Robert. Lyall, Robert and Cassy's mom are interested in Wolves and are doing a small play about it. Cassy finds herself involved in this play and she also finds out a real Wolf is following her all the time, what could it be?
My Opinion
My opinion is this great amazing suspense story is one of Gillan Cross's greatest book ever. It was funny, intresting and definitely an electrifying splendid daring book. It was also once the winner of the CARNGIE MEDAL.

Author: Gillian Cross
Review by: Srijagan S.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is eerie, enthralling and brilliant! 7 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I LOVE this book! It's amazing.
It stars Cassy, a young girl raised by her grandmother who is sent on sudden visits to her mother, Goldie (who is slightly 'away with the faries'). Her gran sends her on one of these vists and she starts having nightmares involving wolves, linked in with Goldie's latest project, a play about wolves. And a plot unwinds...
We read this in class and everyone, even the book haters loved it. The plot is on so many levels and it all come together brilliantly. It was exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat until the end- when I went back and read it five more times!
A must read!
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 4 May 2012
By Cat Hellisen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This missed out on five stars because of a rushed ending, and some annoying dream-sequences.

Otherwise, I loved the character dynamics and the things it said about family, and about how we perceive people and the assumptions we make about them. Also, props for the positive view of unschooling.
4.0 out of 5 stars *Interesting...* 23 Jan 2009
By writer/rider - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
"Wolf" is an interesting, intriguing, but sometimes confusing read. The plot is good, unexpected, and strong to the end. The characters are well-constructed and believable. This book held my intrest to the last word. Gillian Cross brings a poetic and mystical quality to her books as only British writers seem to do(funny, huh?:). My favorite thing about the book had to be the way Gillian Cross used wolves to symbolize people and how the blood-thirsty, man-eating wolves of our nightmares are not the real wolves of nature, but the wolf inside of us. Overall, a very interesting and thought-provoking book. One of my favorites!:)
I would like to recommend the following books by Gillian Cross:
Roscoes Leap (fair warning: don't read before bed!)
Born of the Sun (very intense adventure story)
Tight Rope (haven't got it yet but sounds really good)
On the Edge ( haven't got that either, but also sounds good)
3.0 out of 5 stars Wolf 8 Mar 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A girl called Cassy lives with her nan and she is called away to see her mother who is always moving house. She finds her mother, but Cassy also comes across two other men who live with her. They make wolf masks and put a type of explosive in them. . . . . .

I would recommend this book to Year 8 or 9 students.

Nick
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