Disclosure: Life as Leels received a copy of this book in exchange for my review.
Book Title: This is Not a Werewolf Story
Author: Sandra Evans
Genre: Children, Fantasy, Mystery
Life as Leels’ Rating: 4 out of 5
Buy the Book: Amazon
This is the story of Raul, a boy of few words, fewer friends, and almost no family. He is a loner—but he isn’t lonely. All week long he looks after the younger boys at One Of Our Kind Boarding School while dodging the barbs of terrible Tuffman, the jerk of a gym teacher.
Like every other kid in the world, he longs for Fridays, but not for the usual reasons. As soon as the other students go home for the weekend, Raul makes his way to a lighthouse deep in the heart of the woods. There he waits for sunset—and the mysterious, marvelous phenomenon that allows him to go home, too. But the woods have secrets . . . and so does Raul. When a new kid arrives at school, they may not stay secret for long.
Wow. This is going to be a challenge.
This is unlike any other book I have read.
I understand it was a young adult book. I fully kept that in mind (I intend on having my 11 and 8 year old read this.)
One part of me disliked the book, but the other part of me liked it. I felt in some parts it was slow and drawn out and I wanted to shut the book and just be done. But then, just as that would happen, the action and mystery would pick up and I had to keep reading to see what happened.
I did feel it was slightly slow, but at the same time; it gave a lot of the details and information needed to read the story and understand it.
The book mixes myth, fantasy, and mystery into one book that I am sure my kids will enjoy reading. I look forward to having them read it and hearing what they think!
About the Author
Sandra Evans is a writer and teacher from the Pacific Northwest. Her forthcoming middle grade novel, This is Not a Werewolf Story (Simon & Schuster July 2016), was inspired by her favorite 12th century French tale, Bisclavret, by Marie de France. Born in Washington state, Sandra spent her childhood on U.S. Navy bases from Florida to Hawaii, and returned to the Northwest as a teenager. Since then, she has lived and traveled in France and Europe, but has never strayed far for long from the Puget Sound region.