Award-winning first instalment of the Wolfstongue Saga by Booker Prize-longlisted author Sam Thompson
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.
Silas 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?
About the Author
Wolfstongue is Sam Thompson's first novel for children. Sam lives in Belfast, where he teaches English and creative writing at Queens University. His first novel, Communion Town, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Jott was shortlisted for the Encore Award. His fiction and criticism have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, London Review of Books, on BBC Radio 4 and in Best British Short Stories 2019 (Salt Publishing). Sam describes Wolfstongue as a myth about how language can trap us or make us free, about the self-doubt we feel when we can't find the words we need, and about how human stories have the power to shape the natural world.
'As in George Orwell's "Animal Farm," the dynamics of oppression and resistance that play out between animals mirror those between humans.' The New York Times
'Sober, stirring fantasy.' The Wall Street Journal
'Has all the makings of a modern classic with its exhilarating mix of ancient fable and contemporary issues. ... Not since Watership Down
have animal dynamics felt so true and the political undertones so live. ... I predict howls of approval -- and prizes.' The Times
'Wolfstongue is a hugely original tale with classic influences and infrastructure.' The Irish Times
'An edge-of-the-seat adventure.' Meg Rosoff, author of The Great Godden