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Sam Thompson, Anna Tromop (Illustrator)


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The best animal adventure since Watership Down -- The Times (The Times Children's Book of the Week, July 3rd 2021
Gripping and profound -- New Statesman
A hugely original tale -- The Irish Times
A thrilling adventure -- Meg Rosoff, author of How I Live Now

The children's debut by Booker-longlisted author Sam Thompson is an engrossing, thoughtful, beautifully written story about humans and animals, voice and power, neurodiversity and acceptance.

Inspired by his own experience of having a son with speech difficulties, Wolfstongue is Sam Thompson's first novel for children.

Silas is a young boy who is bullied at school because his words will not come. He wishes he could live in silence as animals do. Deep in the Forest, the foxes live in an underground city built by their wolf slaves. The foxes' leader Reynard controls everything with his clever talk. One day, Silas helps an injured wolf. Then he enters the secret world of the Forest, where the last remaining wolves fight to survive. But even there, language is power. Can Silas find his voice in time to help his wolf friends - can he become the Wolfstongue?

A The Times children's book of the week in 2021

Little Island Books, 9781915071002, 224pp.

Publication Date: August 9, 2022

About the Author

Anna Tromop is a Norwegian illustrator who lives in Hanoi, Vietnam. She completed her MA in Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art in 2019.