Finalist for Independent Authors Network's Book of the Year 2015 in Teen/Young Adult fiction.
Originality, great plot and amazing Characters- Just WOW! If you are looking for a well written and creative, original book- this is it. (Amazon review)
"...intriguing contraptions, appealing characters, snide villains, humor, and an exciting story." — Kirkus Reviews
In a world where our nursery rhymes and fairy tales are real, a secret society’s influence is crumbling. The Tub, led for decades by a butcher, a baker, and a candle-stick-maker, is no longer able to protect its allies like master inventor Nikolas Klaus.
Rumors of a revolutionary invention have a rival secret society hunting for its plans. When an agent arrives on the doorstep of the long-thought-dead Klaus, his granddaughter Tee, and her best friends, Elly and Richy, get caught in the fray. Will Klaus’ secrets cost them all dearly?
“Dreece has crafted a tale with elements to delight the child in all of us, and intrigue the most creative adult mind.” — J.K. Norry, Author of Fall of the Walker King
“Adventure, hijinks and bravery in the very best traditions of the Famous Five and the books of Roald Dahl.” — Dylan Hearn, Author of Second Chance
About the Author
He spent three years writing a memoir about his life up to and through that event. With that out of the way, he felt free and able to start writing fiction again. With a nudge from his daughter, he wrote Along Came a Wolf and created The
Yellow Hoods series.
He lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his awesome wife and amazing kids.
Adam blogs about writing and what he's up to at
AdamDreece.com Join him on Twitter @adamdreece
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Along Came a Wolf: The Yellow Hoods #1 is a young adult fantasy novel written by Adam Dreece. Tee and her two fellow Yellow Hoods, her best friend, Elly, and Elly's brother, Richy, have been having a marvelous time in their mountainside tree house, which mysteriously seems to get the most useful upgrades, such as a system of pulleys, ropes and weights for easy access to and from the small village of Minette. Their adventures and explorations take a more serious turn when Andre LeLoup, a sinister stranger claiming to be on official business and carrying an urgent message, comes upon the Cochan brothers and Tee in the woods. He's looking for Tee's grandfather, Nikolas Klaus, a renowned and reclusive inventor, who's adored by his granddaughter. LeLoup is nothing but trouble Nikolas fears and, indeed, he's been sent by Klaus' rival, the equally sinister Simon St. Malo. If LeLoup doesn't find what he's come for, there will be trouble. In his young adult fantasy, Along Came a Wolf, Adam Dreece adroitly weaves fragments of classic fairy tales into his original and exciting steampunk fantasy story. Tee and her fellow Yellow Hoods are marvelous characters and I enjoyed seeing how the three of them work together to evade the clutches of the dastardly LeLoup. Dreece's nod to steampunk is fantastic and filled with odd and exciting devices that delighted this reader as much as they do Tee and her friends. I definitely want a sail-cart and wouldn't mind having a few shock-sticks around in case of emergencies. In Along Came a Wolf, Nikolas' imaginative and clever devices reminded me just how much I love the steampunk genre. Along Came a Wolf is highly recommended.
My opinion is easy enough. This book definitely falls into the category of “must read” in the YA genre. With a steampunk vibe, mixed with a real-life fairy tale, this book packed a punch. Though it was short at 128 pages, it was perfectly paced. There was just enough world building that you could picture what the area looked like without the author spoon-feeding it to you. The action keeps you happily turning pages until you reach the end with a satisfied sigh. The final conflict was resolved perfectly, with just the right amount of intrigue inserted at the end to set up for its sequel. All of the characters were wonderful and you got handed just enough back story to make it interesting without once dragging the book down. Adam Dreece did an incredible job on this book and I will happily be reading the second book in this series. I have already started recommending the book to others and will continue to do so. It’s definitely for the young and the young at heart. I love YA fiction and this series is destined to land in my favorites list, along the Ranger’s Apprentice series and the Harry Potter books. It definitely earns that spot and I’m happy to place it there. Adam Dreece is definitely an author to keep an eye on as I believe he will go far.
The Yellow Hoods begin the book with Tee nearly driving herself off a cliff. Her father saves her in the nick of time. But by the end of the book, the Yellow Hoods have grown from fearless to truly brave. They not only save themselves, but also the day. Along Came a Wolf is a book about the Yellow Hoods' beginning, but that isn't the only story within this book. There is a bigger storyline which only shows its teeth in this book, but will surely be more menacing with its bite in the books to come. The evil schemes are just hinted at, and the significance of the Yellow Hoods and Nikolas Klaus is still not fully revealed. The ending leaves the reader anticipating the next book. It's clear that something big and bad is on its way.