The Wolf's Curse Giveaway
Enter for a chance to win a hardcover copy of The Wolf's Curse!
Five (5) winners receive:
A hardcover copy of The Wolf’s Curse
The giveaway begins September 21, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends October 21, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Written by Jessica Vitalis
Ages 8+ | 336 Pages
Publisher: Greenwillow Books | ISBN-13: 9780063067417
Publisher’s Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Gauge’s life has been cursed since the day he witnessed an invisible Great White Wolf steal his grandpapá’s soul, preventing it from reaching the Sea-in-the-Sky and sailing into eternity. When the superstitious residents of Bouge-by-the-Sea accuse the boy of crying wolf, he joins forces with another orphan to prove his innocence. They navigate their shared grief in a journey that ultimately reveals life-changing truths about the wolf—and death. Narrated in a voice reminiscent of The Book Thief, this fast-paced adventure is perfect for fans of fantasy such as The Girl Who Drank the Moon and A Wish in the Dark.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jessica Vitalis is a full-time writer with a previous career in business and an MBA from Columbia Business School. An American ex-pat, she now lives in Canada with her husband and two daughters.
For more information, visit jessicavitalis.com.
Looking for a fantasy book that explores questions of death, grief, justice, and family? What about a story that shows youngsters finding their own strength, doing what they feel is right and forming friendships that carry them through hardships? The Wolf's Curse tells of Gauge, an apprentice carpenter accused of calling the Wolf and causing the deaths of villagers. Just because he can see something supernatural he is shunned and condemned. Without a family to shelter him and the Lord Mayor out for blood, how will one lonely boy survive? Jessica Vitalis does an excellent job of world building. Descriptions of the Release, the funeral rites of the villagers, are intricate and detailed. When characters discuss where souls go after death, the underpinnings of a complete belief system are laid out. The sights and smells of the village create a clear sensory impression of the marketplace and the alleyways. And the various characters show the variety of personalities and reactions one would expect within a community. I enjoyed the descriptive language throughout the book. Gauge’s “wish is threadbare, worn from several winters of use.” Later he ponders that “Passions must be like trees - they come in all different shapes and sizes.” The Wolf tells readers that “success smells of eggs and sugar - like a custard but stronger and laced with berries.” The imagery is a treat to enjoy. Readers will come to understand that “it’s the dark that makes the light shine so brightly.” And isn’t that what we all want - a story that may take us through some darkness, but that will let the light fill our hearts?