Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List
“This swashbuckling tale of rescue, irregular chivalry, and self-discovery is set in an authentic medieval Scotland. Drest, the Mad Wolf's daughter and the youngest member of her father's war band, sets out to save her captured family from the dungeons of Faintree Castle. With tension that accompanies both the narrative and character development, this is a tale that rewards the reader's journey many times over. Mad Wolf's Daughter is a middle grade adventure that we will be recommending both as a read-aloud and as a great gift for readers of many ages and dispositions.”
— Kenny Brechner, Devaney, Doak & Garrett Booksellers, Inc., Farmington, ME
***A New York Times Editors' Choice*** A Scottish medieval adventure about the youngest in a war-band who must free her family from a castle prison after knights attack her home--with all the excitement of Ranger's Apprentice and perfect for fans of heroines like Alanna from The Song of the Lioness series. One dark night, Drest's sheltered life on a remote Scottish headland is shattered when invading knights capture her family, but leave Drest behind. Her father, the Mad Wolf of the North, and her beloved brothers are a fearsome war-band, but now Drest is the only one who can save them. So she starts off on a wild rescue attempt, taking a wounded invader along as a hostage. Hunted by a bandit with a dark link to her family's past, aided by a witch whom she rescues from the stake, Drest travels through unwelcoming villages, desolate forests, and haunted towns. Every time she faces a challenge, her five brothers speak to her in her mind about courage and her role in the war-band. But on her journey, Drest learns that the war-band is legendary for terrorizing the land. If she frees them, they'll not hesitate to hurt the gentle knight who's become her friend. Drest thought that all she wanted was her family back; now she has to wonder what their freedom would really mean. Is she her father's daughter or is it time to become her own legend?
About the Author
Diane Magras grew up on Mount Desert Island in Maine. The Mad Wolf's Daughter is her debut novel. She is the editor, writer, and chief fund raiser for the Maine Humanities Council. She volunteers at her son's school library, and is addicted to tea, toast, castles, legends, and most things medieval. Diane lives in Maine with her husband and son and thinks often of Scotland, where her books are set.