Wolf Girl by Anh Do is about a girl called Gwen who is separated from her family in a rush to escape from their house. At first Gwen is scared. She has nowhere to go, and definitely doesn’t have enough food for her to live off of. But then in a moment of danger she meets a dog, that saves her life. At first, she is confused at how a dog could save her life but then she decides that she is going to keep the dog, and name her Puppy. She and Puppy keep going, looking for Gwen’s family, but then Gwen falls off a cliff, and then to her surprise, more dogs save her and she decides to keep them as well, and they become a pack. The dogs names are, Nosey, Tiny and Zip. Finally with four dogs Gwen thinks she has a complete pack, but then when they get to the road that Gwen was last with her family, she meets another dog, Brutus. At first Gwen’s pack and Brutus don’t get along, but finally they start to see eye to eye. Gwen and her pack keep on living in the wild. With the time going by Gwen learns how to live in the wild properly. On the way she meets one more addition to her pack, a bird, an eagle, to be more precise. She calls the bird, Eagle. Four years pass by. Gwen has learned how to live in the wild. Her pack is working together great, and she and her dogs and Eagle are getting along great. But then one day, Gwen gets a lead on her family, a locket that with a picture of them in it. In an instant Gwen and her pack are on their way to find her family. It does take them a while, at some point Gwen tells her pack to leave her, but they will never. Gwen learns the importance of her pack, and that they need to stick together, but finally Gwen and her pack find humans. Gwen asks them help, telling them that she lost her family, but what happens when they take her away in a truck, leaving her pack behind?
They are a few main characters in this book. Puppy, Nosey, Tiny, Zip, Brutus, Eagle and Gwen. Gwen is the leader, at first she was unsure of how she could live like this, but then after living in the wild, and looking after her pack, she got used to it, and she began getting used to leading the pack. Puppy is the first dog that Gwen finds, so naturally they bond a lot. Puppy is very protective of her pack and Gwen. She will do anything for her pack and Gwen, and is a very loyal member of the pack. Nosey can’t see but is still very useful. He is very good with directions, and can track with smell very well. Tiny was a small dog, but he could hear for miles ahead. Zip is definitely the fastest dog of the group. He is also best friends with Nosey, these two were never far apart from each other. Then there is Brutus. He might not be the friendliest looking dog, but he still cares for his pack and Gwen. At first he did not really agree with Gwen and her packs ways, but then he learned, and gets along with them now and helps them. Finally, there is Eagle. She might not have been part of them pack for the longest, but she cares for them a lot. She is also a big help because she is an eagle, meaning that unlike her other pack mates, she could fly and find food for them, and make sure that they didn’t get into to danger. In all this pack is very close, and are family and will always look out for each other.
I think that the age for this book is any age. This is because Anh Do is such an incredible author, and basically everyone knows him. Also, his books are for everyone, and any age. I can confirm this because I remember reading Weirdo when I was in grade three, and still reading it for fun sometimes now, when I am in grade six. Also, this book is very enjoyable, and anyone will like it.
I really liked reading Wolf Girl it was definitely a really awesome book. I have read all of Anh Do’s other series Weirdo and I loved it. Then reading Wolf Girl made me remember Weirdo and how great of an author Anh Do is. I definitely can’t wait to read more of Anh Do’s work again. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone!
Review by Manuthi, 12 years old - Dymocks special guest reviewer