The Children and the Wolves, by Adam Rapp

Summary:  Abducted by teen genius Bounce and her drifter friends Wiggins and Orange, three-year-old Frog seems content to eat cereal and play a video game about wolves all day–a game that parallels the reality around her–until Wiggins is overcome by guilt and tension and takes action.

Candlewick Press

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  1. I didn’t like this book, not because of the type of story being told, but because of the way it was told. It took me fifteen pages at least to just accept the writing style; and I never quite got comfortable with it. Another thing that annoyed me were some of the passages that just seemed to go on random tangents. One good thing about this book was that the different characters’ personalities were easily distinguishable from one another, so props for that.

  2. I… honestly don’t know what I feel about this book. I will say this though, it is not a book you enjoy, but rather one you appreciate, if that. It is… utterly disturbing… and yet, scarily, entirely plausible.

    I personally enjoyed the writing style of this book, but maybe that was just me. I thought it fit the characters quite well, including the bits where they trailed off, talking about nothing in particular. It was a train of thought sort of book.

    This book definitely made me feel things, I can say that in its favor. …Sort of. It made me feel angry and disgusted and even downright nauseous, but I also found myself rooting for Frog and Wiggins toward the end.

    Ah… yes. Anyway, I give this book a “Good.”

  3. I thought that this book contained more of an idea than an actual plot. The events which take place are incredibly far fetched and I had trouble thinking of young teens capable of such acts. However, it is possible the author was trying to convey a more metaphorical view of the growing unease and criminal behaviors in our society. The writing style was unique, to say the least, but it was difficult for me to understand in the beginning. The characters described held a fresh point of view that I had not yet encountered in reading other books. I enjoyed the character Bounce in particular, as she possessed a more cynical, as well as bitter, view of what was taking place. I wish the author had done more to give a history of the characters. As different as this book was, I do not believe it has the elements necessary to win the Printz.

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