Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Blog Tour/Review: This is Not a Werewolf Story by Sandra Evans

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

This Is Not a Werewolf StoryThis is Not a Werewolf Story
by Sandra Evans

Middle Grade Fantasy
Hardcover & ebook, 352 pages
July 26th 2016 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

This is the story of Raul, a boy of few words, fewer friends, and almost no family. He is a loner—but he isn’t lonely. All week long he looks after the younger boys at One Of Our Kind Boarding School while dodging the barbs of terrible Tuffman, the jerk of a gym teacher. 

Like every other kid in the world, he longs for Fridays, but not for the usual reasons. As soon as the other students go home for the weekend, Raul makes his way to a lighthouse deep in the heart of the woods. There he waits for sunset—and the mysterious, marvelous phenomenon that allows him to go home, too. But the woods have secrets . . . and so does Raul. When a new kid arrives at school, they may not stay secret for long.

This is a story of secrets! We first meet Raul, a quiet boy who lives at a boarding school. A new boy arrives at school named Vincent and things start to change. We also start to meet the other interesting characters and learn more about the dynamics at the boarding school. 

I enjoyed this book from the beginning! Something happens in the woods but we don't learn what it is right away. Once more was revealed, I became hooked as I tried to figure out where the story was going and who Raul could trust. Raul is a boy of few words so we mostly get to know him through his thoughts and actions.

I loved the ending! It wrapped up enough to satisfy me but there is also more story that can be told so I hope there is a sequel in the works. This is a thick book but a fast read as it was hard to put down once I started. I also loved reading the Author's Note and learning more about where she got the idea for her story. This is a book I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys middle-grade fantasy and mystery! 

My Rating=5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the author, which did not affect my review in any way

Sandra Evans is a writer and teacher from the Pacific Northwest. Her forthcoming middle grade novel, This is Not a Werewolf Story (Simon & Schuster July 2016), was inspired by her favorite 12th century French tale, Bisclavret, by Marie de France. Born in Washington state, Sandra spent her childhood on U.S. Navy bases from Florida to Hawaii, and returned to the Northwest as a teenager. Since then, she has lived and traveled in France and Europe, but has never strayed far for long from the Puget Sound region.

Tour Schedule

November 28th: Launch
December 1st: Beck Valley Books
December 2nd: Wishful Endings
December 5th: Falling Leaves
December 7th: Life as Leels
December 9th: 100 Pages A Day
December 11th: Nish Homeschool Blog
December 12th: Grand Finale

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