The Curse of the Romany Wolves

The Curse of the Romany Wolves

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by S. Jones Rogan

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Penhaligon takes on pirates and sea serpents on the high seas.

The creatures of Porthleven are suffering from a mysterious illness that looks like Febra lupi, the curse of the Romany wolves, which has no known cure. The dashing apothecary fox Penhaligon must find a cure or risk losing everyone he holds dear!

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Penhaligon takes on pirates and sea serpents on the high seas.

The creatures of Porthleven are suffering from a mysterious illness that looks like Febra lupi, the curse of the Romany wolves, which has no known cure. The dashing apothecary fox Penhaligon must find a cure or risk losing everyone he holds dear!

Penhaligon uncovers a fragment of parchment that just might be a recipe for a cure—and it includes ingredients found only on the haunted Howling Island. But the obstacles Penhaligon must face on his quest for the cure make ghosts seem friendly: Pirates! Sea serpents! Double-crossing ferrets! Can Penhaligon make it back in time to save his village?

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Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
Penhaligon Brush longs for adventure, even though he loves his stable life with his fox-mate Rowan and their adopted wolf cubs Donald and Dora. He gets more than he bargained for when wolf fever, the deadly disease that wiped out the entire population of the Romany wolves of the Purple Moor, afflicts Donald and begins to impact other creatures too. Armed with an ancient book containing maps and writings in an unknown language, Penhaligon sets off for Howling Island in search of stony lunacrop, a required ingredient for the cure for wolf fever. Double-dealing ship captains, pirates, and sea serpents threaten to keep Penhaligon from reaching his destination, but his determination, ingenuity, and desperation to save his family and the villagers of Porthleven help him overcome every obstacle. As he races against time and the greediness of Odiferous Dredge, Penhaligon uncovers long-hidden secrets and discovers the value of friends old and new. This follow-up to The Daring Adventures of Penhaligon Brush, brilliantly illustrated by Christian Slade, continues the escapades of the animals of Porthleven. Appearances by several characters from the previous book and unexpected plot developments that keep the story moving will delight fans. An old-fashioned adventure story featuring anthropomorphic animals, Rogan's affection for Britain's folklore, countryside, and traditional tales shines through. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—The clever fox apothecary from The Daring Adventures of Penhaligon Brush (Knopf, 2007) has settled into a peaceful existence with his mate Rowan and their adopted Romany wolf cubs, Donald and Dora, though restlessness tugs at his spirit. As is often the case, Penhaligon's wish for adventure is granted in an unfortunate way when Donald contracts wolf fever, the virulent disease that wiped out the cubs' clan. While Penhaligon sails with the dubious feline Captain Elgato Furrari to gather ingredients for a cure, Rowan attempts to curb a panic in the village when symptoms of the disease manifest in the other animals. The plot, while relying a bit much on happenstance, moves swiftly and is filled with action, devious pirates, sea serpents, and a hidden Romany wolf clan that has curious ties to Penhaligon's past. Done in pen and ink, the attractive full-page and inset illustrations add detail and humor to the text. Readers of the first book and newcomers to the fox's adventures will be swept into this new chapter.—Christi Esterle, Parker Library, CO
Kirkus Reviews
All is not well with the multispecies residents of Porthleven village. Donald, the adopted Romany wolf cub of apothecaries Penhaligon (half-wolf, half-fox) and Rowan (all vixen), has been stricken with febra lupi, a disease deadly to Romany wolves; only Donald and his sister Dora survived the last outbreak. Now the disease is spreading to other species. This sequel to The Daring Adventures of Penhaligon Brush (2007) starts slowly as the characters are introduced, but once Penhaligon sets sail with the unsavory Elgato to seek a cure, a rare herb growing on Howling Island, the story picks up speed and energy, building to an exciting finish. While Penhaligon deals with sea serpents, pirates and the mysterious island's denizens, Rowan struggles to keep the disease in check at home. Throughout, gentle messages about tolerance of difference and valuing diversity are inserted; even villains prove capable of reform. The characters behave more like humans than animals, but Slade's charming illustrations help to supply much of what is missing in the text. (Fantasy. 8-12)

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Meet the Author

S. Jones Rogan traveled the world, looking for adventure. She now encourages all types of book exploration as an elementary school librarian in Los Angeles.

Christian Slade received an MA in illustration from Syracuse University and a BFA in drawing and animation from the University of Central Florida. He lives with his wife and two corgis in Florida.

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How far would you go to save a loved one's life? Would you board a rickety ship captained by an ornery, money-hungry cat? Or jump into a tangle of seaweed where a sea serpent lies in wait? Or even travel to an island rumored to be inhabited by fierce creatures? Penhaligon Brush did all that and more. He's a fox with an eye for adventure, a head for medicinal healing, and a heart as pure as gold. When his adopted wolf cub, Donald, becomes stricken with a fever that could take his life, Penhaligon embarks on a journey to collect a rare ingredient that he hopes will be the cure. With his good friend, Hotchi the hedgehog, and a young stowaway, Penhaligon finds himself overcoming obstacles at every turn, with his fox mate, Rowan, being left to care not only for Donald but for the youngest members of their seaside community who also fall victim to the terrible illness. While Penhaligon finagles his way through treacherous waters and meets up with an equally treacherous pirate, Rowan is faced with an upsurge of prejudice at the hands of her own neighbors--all because of some old curse. Will Penhaligon keep his wits about him and return in time with the cure? In this story of pirates, mysterious monsters, and dark secrets, S. Jones Rogan takes her readers on a non-stop adventure. But that's not all. Bubbling beneath the surface is a plot so thick you could swirl it over your pancakes. With every turn of the page, she weaves an intriguing tale, dropping clues for us to ponder and allowing the truth to slowly unfold. This book also includes engaging illustrations of the lively cast of characters and the places they inhabit. As you read through this tale, you'll find yourself rooting not only for Penhaligon and his mate, Rowan, but for the most unlikely characters, as well. This book has all the ingredients of a first-rate adventure, with rollicking action scenes, plot twists, and realistic characters who you willingly follow into their world.