Wolf (novel)

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Wolf cover.jpg
First edition cover with medal seal
AuthorGillian Cross
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreYoung-adult novel, horror fiction
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardcover, paperback)
Pages140 pp (first edition)
LC ClassPZ7.C88253 Wo 1990[1]

Wolf is a young-adult novel by Gillian Cross, published by Oxford in 1990. Set in London, it features communal living, terrorism, and wolves (according to Library of Congress Subject Headings)[1] and a teenage girl in relation to her mother, father, and paternal grandmother.

Cross won the annual Carnegie Medal recognising the year's best children's book by a British subject.[2] Coincidentally, The Cry of the Wolf by Melvin Burgess, featuring a grey wolf as the main character, was the highly commended runner up.

Holiday House published the first U.S. edition in 1991.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

Cassy is a teen-age girl who lives with her father's mother. Her grandmother and her mother both maintain silence about her father. One night she is awakened by mysterious footsteps. The next day, as always when the footsteps are heard, she is sent away to live with her lovely but feckless mother, Goldie, who is squatting in London. Mother, her partner, and his teenage son "make a living with innovative programs for schools: combinations of fact and fiction, drama and story, skillfully blended to challenge stereotypes and spark original thinking."[3] Now they are producing a play about wolves, and they encourage Cassy to become involved. Cassy does her best to adjust to the new way of life, which is challenging in several ways. She cannot escape a sense of dread, a feeling that she is being stalked. Her nightmare is Red Riding Hood "recast by her own fears". Eventually she learns the secret she has been protected from all her life: her father is a notorious terrorist, a bomber in the Irish Republican Army. [3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Wolf" (first edition). Library of Congress Catalog Record.
    "Wolf" (first U.S. edition). LCC record. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
  2. ^ Carnegie Winner 1990. Living Archive: Celebrating the Carnegie and Greenaway Winners. CILIP. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  3. ^ a b "WOLF by Gillian Cross". Kirkus Reviews 1 March 1991. Retrieved 2012-11-23.

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Preceded by
Carnegie Medal recipient
Succeeded by
Dear Nobody