- Paperback: 320 pages
- Age Range: - 10 years
- Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (4 Oct. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1908435348
- ISBN-13: 978-1908435347
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 477,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Wolf Princess Paperback – 4 Oct 2012
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Praise for THE WOLF PRINCESS
"A very special debut with a spellbinding fairytale ambiance. Contemporary but deliciously nostalgic..." -- THE BOOKSELLER UK
"Constable's passion for Russia comes across vividly; she knows you have only to give reality a slight push to make it marvelous. A classic winter's tale." -- THE FINANCIAL TIMES
"Adventure, mystery, a touch of romance; elements of fairy tale, good triumphing over bad; best friends; a gorgeous horse -- and wolves to boot. Timeless." -- BOOKS FOR KEEPS
Praise for "The Wolf Princess "
"A very special debut with a spellbinding fairytale ambiance. Contemporary but deliciously nostalgic..." -- "The Bookseller UK"
"Constable's passion for Russia comes across vividly; she knows you have only to give reality a slight push to make it marvelous. A classic winter's tale." -- "The Financial Times"
"Adventure, mystery, a touch of romance; elements of fairy tale, good triumphing over bad; best friends; a gorgeous horse -- and wolves to boot. Timeless." -- "Books for Keeps"
"Lyrical storytelling."--"Publishers Weekly"
"Breathtaking...Readers can practically hear the howling winds, the cry of the wolves, and the silent beauty of moonlit snowfall."--"School Library Journal" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
CATHRYN CONSTABLE is a former journalist whose articles have appeared in TATLER and THE SUNDAY TIMES of London among other publications. THE WOLF PRINCESS is her first novel. She is married with three children and lives in London, England. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
This book is one of the most enthralling things I've ever read, I felt as if I was really in action when reading it; my posture tense and ready to spring. I found it almost impossible to put this book down! The plot twist shocked me and left a feeling of amazement as I put together all the clues that had been given earlier on in the book.
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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What a joy to read at bedtime! I enjoyed reading this book as much as my daughters enjoyed listening to it. You can't lose with princesses, a winter wonderland & a trio of friends. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Book Addict
This may be classed as a children's book, but adults can enjoy it too! A young schoolgirl and her friends go on an exchange visit to Russia and enter a world of fantasy and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by L. A. Scott
I had high hopes of this as a present for my grand-daughter but, in the event, I felt the book was so badly written that I didn't give it to her. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Goldilocks
My daughter read this in Year 6 and adored it. She was never much of a reader before but it opened her up to the joys of reading & she now reads anything in sight! Read morePublished on 1 Oct. 2014 by Cheekyboots