“Who were your parents mouse?” The answer she gave me brought a chill to my heart and a lump to my throat. “The wolves”, she said, and threw another lump of seaweed into our basket (Dark Horse, p. 31)
The above is from Marcus Sedgwick’s Dark Horse, which is currently my favourite literary representation of a wolf child. I’m going to be presenting my research into wolf children at OGOM Company of Wolves Conference in September in a paper tentatively entitled ‘This is What it Sounds Like When Wolves Cry: storytelling, wolf children and the ‘state of nature’’.
Those attending Company of Wolves might be interested in the author of Wolfie Emma Barnes’s Top Ten Books with Wolves and John Mullan’s Ten Best Wolves in Literature from The Guardian. I am sure we can do better however. Let me know your choices. I’d love to hear them….
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White Fell from Clemence Housman’s The Were-Wolf
Remus Lupin from JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series
Cerise Hood from the Ever After High series
The Duke from Angela Carter’s Wolf-Alice
And the Morrígan. These are my votes.
Which version of the Morrigan is that, Stephanie? She’s an Irish war goddess and appears in three children’s fantasies that I know of, but not as a wolf
In the Ulster Cycle, she’s sometimes a wolf. I have a book of Irish legends. I though it might count 🙂
Good list – thanks for sharing. Wolf Alice gets my vote too need to check out Cerise Hood!
It certainly counts in my book Stephanie. Animal/human transformations are always interesting. Do you know about the collection of essays on the She-Wolf edited by Hannah Priest and published by Manchester University Press? A couple of the contributors are speaking at the conference. Link here http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/cgi-bin/indexer?product=9780719089343
‘The Cry of the Wolf’ by Melvin Burgess. It really doesn’t get enough attention. And ‘Wolf’ by Gillian Cross.
Not read TCOTW (yet!) but his novel ‘Junk’ is worth a look in (:
I want to compile a list and post on here. Be interested in your top ten. Be nice to get all the CoW peeps involved…think this will be ongoing…hope so