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This Is Not a Werewolf Story (Hardcover)

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The students and staff of a boarding school (reminiscent of our own Stadium High!) all have secrets under their everyday facades. Dive in with relatable characters, familiar adolescent struggles, and mysterious goings-on. Set in the Pacific Northwest, readers have the sense of unearthing a modern folktale as the story twists and turns. [Raissa]

— From This is Not a Werewolf Story


A fresh, heartwarming, and fascinating debut that two-time Newbery Honor winner Gary Schmidt calls "a journey that every reader needs to go on."

This is the story of Raul, a boy of few words, fewer friends, and almost no family. He is a loner--but he isn't lonely. All week long he looks after the younger boys at One Of Our Kind Boarding School while dodging the barbs of terrible Tuffman, the mean gym teacher.

Like every other kid in the world, he longs for Fridays, but not for the usual reasons. The woods have secrets...and so does Raul. As soon as the other students go home for the weekend, Raul makes his way to a lighthouse deep in the heart of the woods. There he waits for sunset--and the mysterious, marvelous shapeshifting phenomenon that allows him to go home, too.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781481444804
ISBN-10: 1481444808
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 26th, 2016
Pages: 352
Language: English