on 22 May 1999
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.
on 2 October 2011
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.'
on 25 April 2015
Must give five stars to a book I shall certainly read again. A compelling story, full of ideas that find a home with me. As relevant today as it was when it was written. Only the crises change locations, the rest remains as true, and tragic, as ever. Yet children do learn, and teachers try their best to teach,
on 28 January 2002
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 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.