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Wolfsbane: A Nightshade Novel 1 Edition
Contributor(s): Cremer, Andrea
ISBN: 0399254838     ISBN-13: 9780399254833
Publisher: Philomel Books
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: July 2011
Annotation: Alpha wolf Calla Tor forges an alliance with her masters' enemies and tries to rescue her pack from imprisonment in Vail.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Werewolves; Fiction.
Supernatural; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2010013074
Lexile Measure: 630
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Series: Nightshade
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.75" H x 6.50" W x 1.50" (1.35 lbs) 391 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 145426
Reading Level: 4.4   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 12.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q57181
Reading Level: 4.5   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 20.0
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Contributor Bio(s):

Andrea Cremer spent her childhood daydreaming while roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. She now lives in Minnesota, but she thinks of her homeland as the "Canadian Shield" rather than the Midwest.

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but she only recently plunged into the deep end of the pool that is professional writing. When she's not writing, Andrea teaches history at a very nice liberal arts college in St. Paul.

In the little spare time she can find, Andrea stares up at trees, rescues infant rabbits from predatory cats, and invents names for pug puppies. She has an unfortunate tendency to spill things?white carpets beware!

Andrea Cremer is the internationally bestselling author of the Nightshade series, which includes Nightshade, Wolfsbane, Bloodrose, Snakeroot, Rift and Rise. She is also the author of the Inventor's Secret series, and of Invisibility,which she co-wrote with David Levithan. She lives in Claremont, CA. You can visit her online at or follow her on Twitter @andreacremer.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring)
In Nightshade, werewolf Calla defied her pack by falling in love with human Shay; they uncovered the dark truth behind the Keepers who enslave werewolves. Now Calla, Shay, and their teen packmates join a rebellion to overthrow the Keepers. In this intriguing fantasy, tension is kept high by shifting alliances, the many dangers of insurrection, and Calla's guilty attraction to her former betrothed.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 September)

Gr 10 Up—Calla awakens in a room where she has been held captive by the Searchers, a group of humans who fight the Guardians, a pack of werewolves. Having left her wolf pack to save Shay, she reluctantly allies with the Searchers. Led by the dark and stoic Monroe, they hatch a scheme to infiltrate the Keepers, an evil group that controls the wolves (Calla's pack in particular). New characters emerge in this sequel to Nightshade (Philomel, 2010). Adne is a weaver of portals and Monroe's daughter. Connor is a strong, witty, and flirtatious Searcher who carries a torch for Adne. Ethan is a powerful fighter with a chip on his shoulder. Meanwhile, Shay has been deemed "the scion," a legacy that destines him to be the one to defeat the Keepers. Calla is still in love with him, but racked with guilt over abandoning Ren and the rest of her family and pack. The crew embarks on deadly missions to try to save them and Calla warily trusts the Searchers yet finds herself questioning all she once believed in, including the nature of her own wolf-kind. Unrelenting action and an extremely confusing structural hierarchy make this a perplexing book for those unfamiliar with the first one. Cremer relies heavily on dialogue to explain the complex world, then jumps quickly to action scenes without much breathing room. All of this is interspersed with an occasional romantic interlude between Calla and Shay. The love triangle is less exciting because readers never really get to know Ren. Those who are already invested in Cremer's world will enjoy the strong female protagonist and breakneck action.—Tara Kehoe, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ

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