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Wolf Storm

Wolf Storm

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by Dee Garretson

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This is Stefan’s big break. He’s on location in the mountains far from home for his first movie role, filming a blockbuster sci-fi adventure. The props, the spaceships, and the trained wolves on set should add up to a dream job, but acting turns out to be much tougher than he ever imagined, and he feels like his inner loser is all that’s showing


This is Stefan’s big break. He’s on location in the mountains far from home for his first movie role, filming a blockbuster sci-fi adventure. The props, the spaceships, and the trained wolves on set should add up to a dream job, but acting turns out to be much tougher than he ever imagined, and he feels like his inner loser is all that’s showing through. From the way his famously stuck-up co-star, Raine, treats him, he’s pretty sure she thinks so too. And worst of all, no one will believe his claim that there are wild wolves haunting the forest around the set.

When a blizzard strikes, isolating the young co-stars and bringing hungry feral wolves into the open, Stefan must take on his biggest role yet—working together with his co-stars to survive. With no second takes, they only have one chance to get it right.


Dee Garretson takes suspense and danger to new heights with her thrilling tale of friendship and survival against all odds.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - KaaVonia Hinton
Stefan is offered the opportunity of a lifetime: He is starring in a science fiction movie with elite but snarky movie star Raine Randolph. On location in Slovakia, he tries to shine in his new role and connect with the cast, even the wolves, but it is not easy. One careless mistake after another causes his confidence to plummet. After a long day of filming that ends in one of the wolves being injured because of Stefan, the crew goes into town, and Stefan wonders if he will ever stop making mistakes. He gets his chance to prove himself in a real-life drama when, along with Raine and the other child star, Jeremy, he manages to survive a snowstorm and live among both wild and domesticated wolves. While the characters are relatable, they are also typical. Raine is the overdemanding actress, while Stefan is the inept, clumsy character who must discover his true potential. Wolf Storm has everything an avid adventure reader has come to expect: a suspenseful plot fueled by a convincing person-against-nature conflict, tension between characters, and a realistically described setting that allows for repeated challenges the main characters must overcome. This book will be a great addition to your collection. Reviewer: KaaVonia Hinton
Children's Literature - Maggie L. Schrock
Stefan has finally landed his first major acting role. Unfortunately, the film he is starring in is being filmed in the dead of winter in wolf-ridden Slovakia. At first things are great; the costumes and props for this sci-fi movie are fun and exciting and the wolves that are co-starring are friendly but intriguing. However, Stefan is having trouble proving himself to infamous Raine, who does not keep her dislike of Stefan a secret. After a miserable day of shooting, and an impending blizzard, filming stops for the day. Most of the crew takes off for town, leaving the stars at the barely-livable ski lodge where they are both living and filming. Tired and embarrassed, Stefan retreats to his room and falls into a fitful sleep. Hours later, at dinner time, Stefan wakes to a power loss, and trudges down to the dining room to find out what's going on. Not worried, the four actors attempt to brave the night, until they hear the movie wolves howling in their trailer outside. Concerned about their co-stars, Stefan and young Jeremy venture out into the storm. In the morning, in desperate need of wood and supplies, the children venture out into the snow, creating a raucous. Situated at the bottom of a mountain, the noise creates a terrible avalanche, which destroys the lodge, leaving the stars without shelter. Now, in a real fight for their lives, the children must care for their injured adult-costar and their wolf friends. However, their every moved is watched by the wild wolves, who quickly make themselves known to the group, making the movie stars' situation even more dire. A captivating read, this novel is ideal for reluctant readers and a male protagonist turns this already high-interest book into the perfect novel for any teenage boy. Reviewer: Maggie L. Schrock
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—An old ski resort in Slovakia is the film location for a sci-fi movie in which three children are the first humans to return to a frozen postapocalyptic Earth. Fourteen-year-old Stefan, thirteen-year-old Raine, and nine-year-old-old Jeremy play siblings who have left their parents to come back to a forsaken world with only pet wolves for protection. On an evening when much of the crew, the director, and their tutor have gone to town, a snowstorm triggers an avalanche and buries the lodge with snow. Caught outside, the three youngsters scramble to locate one another. Raine, once a spoiled diva who rubbed everyone the wrong way, saves Stefan's life and displays the moxie needed to survive in the cold. They uncover Jeremy and a badly injured adult actor and seek shelter in the prop and costume trailers. Pet wolves Boris and Phoebe play a role in keeping wild wolves at bay while Stefan and Raine make an unsuccessful trek to seek help. Resourceful use of mechanical prop sleds eventually leads to a rescue for an upbeat ending. While the plot seems linear and the characters are underdeveloped, the story contains realistic elements of survival knowledge and a bit of foreshadowing involving menacing wolves that will keep middle-grade readers invested in the adventure.—Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY

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HarperCollins Publishers
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5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Dee Garretson spent her childhood helping her father build his offbeat inventions and playing adventure games in the woods. After working as a landscape designer and teaching landscape horticulture classes for several years, Dee returned to writing. Her debut novel, Wildfire Run, has been praised for its suspense and its hero, Luke, who “with his companions, displays generous measures of courage and ingenuity in rising to the occasion” (ALA Booklist). She lives with her family in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Wolf Storm 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
AcesMommy More than 1 year ago
This book is so exciting! I felt as if I was in the story or watching it all unfold before me eyes. For a middle grade novel it is very well written. It grasps you and has you wanting to hurry and find out if they make it out alive, become wolf chow or human-sicles (popsicles). Wolf Storm had me on the edge of my seat and holding my breath until I got to the end of the chapter. Where there I'm taken back to the top of the roller coaster. What a ride! =) Stefan, well in the beginning of his teenage years, has just started his acting career. He never intended to audition for the role, but when he was asked to try out he unintentionally got the part. And by the twist of fate he ironically takes a similar role in his real life 'disaster'. At first, Stefan didn't believe that he belonged and that he couldn't keep up with expectations that are needed for his acting role, especially since he had Raine constantly giving him the stink eye, and Sherman giving him attitude on his inadequate acting. But everything changes and he realizes there is more to him; It 'only' took them being stranded, avalanched, and hurt to near freezing to realize it. (did you catch my hint of sarcasm -_^) Everything was fine and moving along until everyone decided to go into town for a break. From there everything takes a turn for the worse. A gripping tale of being stuck in the snowy mountains and the struggle to keep alive till help comes. Imagine taking care of a 13 year old girl whose always in the Lime Light, a 9 year old that's still too young to know things & has asthma problems no less! And an old man that's on the brink of a heart attack. Oh boy!! With no food, limited resources, no cellphones (OMG!!), ice and snow everywhere, and hungry wolves waiting for you to make a mistake. Where's Bear Grylls when you need him!!?? =) Wolf Storm is a great story giving off the message that you can overcome anything with perseverance, that obstacles overcome makes you stronger, that wild one-eyed wolves are bad news, to always have a lighter on your person, and it's a good a idea to maybe want to have your cellphone with you at ALL TIMES!! ^_^ Thank you Ms Garretson & HarperCollins for a thrilling ride!! And now please let me excuse myself while I go get my heartbeat back to normal.
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I thought this book was pretty good but maybe for late elementry and early middle schoolers
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