Michael L. Printz Award honoree and National Book Award finalist Elana K. Arnold returns with a darkly violent, furiously feminist tale of terror about generational trauma, female friendship, and coming into one’s own power.
You are alone in the woods, seen only by the unblinking yellow moon. Your hands are empty. You are nearly naked.
And the wolf is angry.
Since her grandmother became her caretaker when she was four years old, Bisou Martel has lived a quiet life in a little house in Seattle. She’s kept mostly to herself. She’s been good.
But then comes the night of homecoming, when she finds herself running for her life over roots and between trees, a fury of claws and teeth behind her.
A wolf attacks. Bisou fights back. A new moon rises. And with it, questions.
About the blood in Bisou’s past and on her hands as she stumbles home.
About broken boys and vicious wolves.
About girls lost in the woods — frightened, but not alone.
Elana K. Arnold, National Book Award finalist and author of the Printz Honor book Damsel, returns with a dark, engrossing, blood-drenched tale of the familiar threats to female power — and one girl’s journey to regain it.
Elana K. Arnold is the author of many books for children and teens, including the middle grade novels A Question of Miracles, Far from Fair, and A Boy Called Bat, and the YA novels What Girls Are Made Of and Infandous. What Girls Are Made Of was longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award, and her other books have been variously included on the Los Angeles Public Library’s Best Books of the Year list, the Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year list, and the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list, have been ALAN Picks, and have been selected for inclusion in the Amelia Bloomer Project. She holds a master’s degree in creative writing/fiction from the University of California, Davis, and currently lives in Huntington Beach, California, with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals.