April 19, 2011

Shiver - by Maggie Stiefvater

A werewolf and a teen girl fall in love, where have we heard this story before?  I picked this up because I wanted to see what teens are reading these days, and this one had some great reviews.  It ended up being a more fun read than I expected, with interesting characters and a slightly twisty, catchy plot. 

This is the story of Grace, a wolf-obsessed high school girl in northern Minnesota who soon discovers that there is more to the wolves in the woods behind her house than anyone guessed. That's right -  they're werewolves!  When she and one of the wolves fall for one another, the lyrical romance of two young lovers with major obstacles to their romance takes over, and it's just as sweet a story as any werewolf romance could hope to be. 

Shiver is definitely a teen book, due to the emotional and (some) physical themes and situations.  I would not recommend it to my fourth graders, but middle school girls and maybe boys will probably enjoy it.  Lovers of wolves, poetry, and old trucks will get a kick out of this new series.

1 comment:

Ms. Yingling said...

Very true. If your students are asking for werewolf books, try the Poison Apple series from Scholastic or Never Cry Werewolf. A little more 4th grader friendly!