The Children and the Wolves

The Children and the Wolves


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Printz Honor-winning author Adam Rapp spins a raw, gripping, and ultimately redemptive story about three disaffected teens and a kidnapped child.

Three teenagers — a sharp, well-to-do girl named Bounce and two struggling boys named Wiggins and Orange — are holding a four-yearold girl hostage in Orange’s basement. The little girl answers to “the Frog” and seems content to play a video game about wolves all day long, a game that parallels the reality around her. As the stakes grow higher and the guilt and tension mount, Wiggins cracks and finally brings Frog to a trusted adult. Not for the faint of heart, Adam Rapp’s powerful, mesmerizing narrative ventures deep into psychological territory that few dare to visit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763653378
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 02/28/2012
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.14(w) x 7.87(h) x 0.67(d)
Lexile: HL630L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Adam Rapp is the acclaimed author of Punkzilla, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book; Under the Wolf, Under the Dog,Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist and winner of the Schneider Family Book Award; and 33 Snowfish, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults. He is also an accomplished playwright, a writer for Season Three of the HBO series In Treatment, and a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama in 2007. Adam Rapp lives in New York City.

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The Children and the Wolves 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
EKAnderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are books out there that don't so much entertain the reader as hit the reader over the head. THE CHILDREN AND THE WOLVES is one of these books. Told in multiple perspectives, it's the story of three troubled teens and the little girl that they've kidnapped.Yes, you read that right. Teenage kidnappers. Most of the characters in this novel are middle school age.And yet, you feel for these kids. You want them to grow, to do the right thing, to get what they want in life. You want Bounce to maybe not be a sociopath and to find a way to deal with her wealthy, neglectful parents. You want Orange to find a way to help his dad or at the very least help himself. And you want Wiggins to overcome his situation at home, stand up to his friends, and to let the little girl go. He takes care of her, he brings her food, lets her play her video game. But he knows it's not right. Wiggins is the hero of this book as well as one of the villains. And with Adam Rapp's lyric style, his voice is so honest, so real. As are his cohorts. And, hauntingly, the voice of The Frog -- as they've dubbed the little girl -- is just as distinct. THE CHILDREN AND THE WOLVES is a beautiful book about horrible things. It's a story that maybe shouldn't work, but Adam Rapp makes it happen. I hope you're intrigued enough to check the book out for yourself.
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AmandaRene More than 1 year ago
The only good things I can say about this book is the cover was appealing and thankfully it was a short book. Normally I like a good dark twisted book but this was just pointless. The story is told mainly from three characters and each of their narrative sounds exactly alike, ignorant and racist. I cannot stand when an author TRIES to have multiple characters tell the story and FAIL at giving each their own voice. The mastermind behind the crime is a bored, spoiled, neglected rich girl who meets her two "monkeys" in detention then tells them that they are going to kidnap a girl, then make money because of it. A bunch of fights, talk about dead rotting animals, defying authority, plotting to kill an old man and his dog, a group shower and many racist remarks about damn near everyone,then one boy gets a conscious (not really) and leaves the group, drops the girl off with the old man they plotted to kill, then he goes off into the woods. The end.