for The Wolving Time by Patrick Jennings
From Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Patrick Jennings defies traditional expectations with a story that casts werewolves as the undeniable heroes of a very human—and horrifying—tale set in sixteenth-century France. Laszlo and his parents are shepherds. His parents are also werewolves. Laszlo knows that someday he, too, will be able to change into a wolf at will and run with the wild pack. But if the villagers—or worse, the priest, Père Raoul—find out, they will all be condemned and most likely killed. Then the priest’s servant girl, the orphan Muno, sees Laszlo’s parents transform. Laszlo fears she will tell their secret, but Muno has seen too much cruelty committed by Père Raoul in the name of the Church to confuse Laszlo’s gentle parents with evil. But how long will he and his family be safe? Jennings’s mesmerizing story is based on the Catholic Church’s rampant persecution of individuals considered heretics during the Inquisition. Hundreds of people during that time, he states in his author’s note, were convicted and executed for being werewolves. Jennings’s characterizations of Laszlo’s parents are particularly fine for contrasting the inhumanity of the Church with the compassion, complexity, and humanity of the werewolves. (Ages 10–14)
CCBC Choices 2004 . © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2004. Used with permission.
From the Publisher
Laszlo Emberek is caught between two worlds. He has the peaceful life of a shepherd who tends his family's flock of sheep, yet he is also aware of the secret life of his parents, who can become wolves at will. Laszlo yearns for the day when he, too, will learn to change. But then the family's secret is discovered by a village girl - a girl who is the servant of the town's cruel and corrupt priest. The priest is out to condemn werewolves and burn them at the stake. As the fierce rumors about Laszlo's family begin to spread, he must choose between his worlds - and decide who the true demons are.
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