Published by: Little Island Books
Imprint: Little Island Books
224 Pages, 5.80 x 8.30 in, 21 black and white illustrations
- Published: September 2023
- Published: August 2022
Award-winning first instalment of the Wolfstongue Saga by Booker Prize-longlisted author Sam Thompson
The children's debut by Booker-longlisted author Sam Thompson is an engrossing, thoughtful, beautifully written story about humans and animals, voice and power, neurodiversity and acceptance.Silas is bullied at school because his words will not come. He wishes he could live in silence as animals do.
Deep in the Forest, the foxes live in an underground city built by their wolf slaves. The foxes' leader Reynard controls everything with his clever talk.
One day, Silas helps an injured wolf. Then he enters the secret world of the Forest, where the last remaining wolves fight to survive. But even there, language is power.
Can Silas find his voice in time to help his wolf friends – can he become the Wolfstongue?
'As in George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” the dynamics of oppression and resistance that play out between animals mirror those between humans.’ The New York Times
'Sober, stirring fantasy.' The Wall Street Journal
‘Has all the makings of a modern classic with its exhilarating mix of ancient fable and contemporary issues. … Not since Watership Down have animal dynamics felt so true and the political undertones so live. … I predict howls of approval — and prizes.’ The Times
‘Wolfstongue is a hugely original tale with classic influences and infrastructure.’ The Irish Times
‘An edge-of-the-seat adventure.’ Meg Rosoff, author of The Great Godden