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The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf (The Tribe #1)

Ambelin Kwaymullina


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (4/7/2014)
Hardcover (4/8/2014)
MP3 CD (4/26/2016)
Compact Disc (4/26/2016)
MP3 CD (4/8/2014)
MP3 CD (4/8/2014)
Compact Disc (4/8/2014)
Compact Disc (4/8/2014)


“If an ‘exhilarating dystopia’ strikes you as oxymoronic, this vivid, original debut just might change your mind.” — Kirkus Reviews

A compelling novel asks what happens when children develop inexplicable abilities—and the government sees them as a threat. They’re known as Firestarters. Boomers. Skychangers. Ashala Wolf and her Tribe of fellow Illegals have taken refuge in the Firstwood, where they are hidden and free. But when she is betrayed by a friend and captured by an enemy, Ashala is forced to succumb to a machine that will pull secrets from her mind. Will the Tribe survive the interrogation of Ashala Wolf?

Praise For The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf (The Tribe #1)

The indigenous Australian author draws from a vast, rich cultural tapestry that will be new to many readers. If an “exhilarating dystopia” strikes you as oxymoronic, this vivid, original debut just might change your mind.
—Kirkus Reviews

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf begins like most dystopian novels, but it does not take long for Kwaymullina to take the reader on a very different journey. As the layers of Ashala’s memories are pulled back, the reader is treated to an intense thriller that just happens to take place in a dystopian society. Though it is the first in a series, the novel reads like a stand-alone, tying up enough loose ends to satisfy the reader while still leaving them wanting more.

Ashala narrates her story with an earnest adolescent voice... This futuristic fantasy offers an admirable heroine and a thought-provoking situation.
—The Horn Book

This genre-blending story will satisfy a wide range of readers. ... The multilayered story will keep teens guessing until the end. ... The author draws upon aboriginal Australian creation stories to bring much needed diversity to the genre.

With plenty of plot twists, ever-present danger, and powerful children, this book is sure to attract readers. ... This is an excellent addition to dystopian literature with grounds for discussion on spiritual, ecological, political, and personal responsibility.
—Library Media Connection

Evocative, realistic...
—Publishers Weekly

A series of flashbacks slowly unravels the intricate setup, working backwards in a way that imbues Ashala’s current situation with more meaning as the past is revealed, raising the stakes and the tension. ... The dystopian world here offers ... more nuance than the traditional fare.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Creative... The world-building is particularly interesting, as the author incorporates elements of the aboriginal creation story of the Dreamtime and Grandfather Serpent into the protagonist’s visions. Give this one to dystopia fans who are looking for a unique perspective.
—School Library Journal

Candlewick, 9780763680206, 384pp.

Publication Date: April 26, 2016

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