WEREWOLVES by Jane Yolen


A Collection Of Original Stories
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Fifteen original stories featuring young werewolves--present, past, and future. Most of these shape-changers share a sort of tragic nobility, whether they wear their curse proudly (in Esther M. Friesner's "A Winter's Night," a Gypsy defies his Nazi pursuers) or in shame (young Adek despairingly joins the 13th-century Childrens' Crusade in Susan Schwartz's "Wolf's Flock"). Some run into the traditional persecution, but several meet acceptance, and even friendship: lycanthropism is portrayed as an affliction like alcoholism or Hansen's disease: more feared than dangerous. Readers looking for gore and grue are likely to be disappointed, but the great terror of the Change is repeatedly and effectively conveyed; one stoW (Anne E. Crompton's "Met by Moonlight") is definitely grotesque. The mood does lighten occasionally: in Elizabeth Scarborough's "Wolf from the Door," a college student named "Ms. Garou" demonstrates unusual qualifications for wildlife study, and the rock drummer in Sherwood Smith's "Monster Mash" has a real problem when a Battle of the Bands is scheduled for Hallowe'en. A strong, well-chosen collection.
Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1988
ISBN: 0060267984
Page count: 271pp
Publisher: Harper & Row
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1988


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