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The Wolf Princess

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  791 ratings  ·  182 reviews
Alone in the world, Sophie dreams of being someone special, but she could never have imagined this.

On a school trip to Russia, Sophie and her two friends find themselves on the wrong train. They are rescued by the beautiful Princess Anna Volkonskaya, who takes them to her winter palace and mesmerises them with stories of lost diamonds and a tragic past. But as night falls
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 4th 2012 by Chicken House (first published October 2012)
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Snow I would agree because I read it when I was 8 and it was hard to understand but read it again recently and loved it

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Leigh Collazo

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WHAT I LIKED: When I think back to this book months or even years from now, I probably will not remember much about the characters or the plot. For me, the crisp, wintry setting ruled this book. The once-beautiful ice palace that has fallen into disrepair, the lonely white wolves howling in the dark, the gorgeous images of fresh, untrod snow sparkling under a cold winter moon. These are the things I will remember most. Beautiful, haunting, desolate, cold, white,
Tiger Horse
I'm a book critic but u may want to read this anyway. I'm gonna start with what I like about this UNBELIEVABLE novel:

1.) The wolves
That's it.
And no joke, I only like the wolves. The following is what I did not like:
1.) How stupid the girls r. Who doesn't realize there is nothing adding up in the castle they're invited to?! This truly is a 5th-7th grader read, like the label said. Except when I was that age... I had wayyyyy more sense than to read this.
2.) Sophie has this weird sensation of "hom
Got 126 pages into it and am rolling my eyes at the sheer unbelievableness of it all. The girls are extremely dumb if their "stranger danger" alarms haven't gone off by now. A strange man knowing their names and telling them a princess wants to meet them? The princess being so overjoyed to meet them? Getting incredibly P.O.'d that Sophie hasn't signed the paper? Really? Not one of those things made the girls think that, maybe, something wasn't right? Sophie feeling magically "at home" in Russia? ...more
Every year at work they run a 'Children's Book of the Year' event - we get given about a dozen books to read then we all get together to discuss them, an author usually appears to do a talk and then we vote for our favourite book. This is the first one I picked up off that list for this year.

I chose this one first because I liked the cover, the pages were purple and it looked pretty - shallow reasons I know, but you have to start somewhere!

Sophie Smith is at a boarding school in London, sent th
Angela Young
Cathryn Constable has a rare and extraordinary imagination which will enchant young girls (and much older ones) all over the world. They won't be able to help falling in love with Sophie Smith and the magical, snowy, icy, sparkling, strange and beautiful Russia she finds herself in. The book opens with Sophie's haunting dream memory of her father which sings its way through the story, and the courage Sophie has to muster to conquer the difficulties she faces is convincing and skilfully written. ...more
Jenny Schwartzberg
I read this as an eARC from NetGalley. I'm still thinking about my reaction to it. It hits a lot of my buttons, i.e. an English orphan girl longing for family, friendship, adventure, travel to Russia, history, with references to the Russian Revolution and pre-revolutionary Russia but is set in the present day. No, this is not an alternate history. There is a trace of the otherworldly that is hinted at in the very title... The language is rich and the descriptions evocative of a lost time and pla ...more
Mar 30, 2014 Jacqueline rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 10-14 year old girls or anyone looking for an uplifting story
Shelves: arc, middle-grade
Let's make this clear: I have never been a huge fan of princess stories (particularly the Disney versions). As a result, this book is by it's very nature something that I would not normally read.
Despite that fact, I found it to be an overall cute book. The plot line was extremely predictable and cliche although I don't think that I have yet come across many of these "long lost royalty" type books in a modern setting. I therefore was more than a little confused about the time period to begin wit
La princesa de los lobos es una novela juvenil con una edición, cabe a destacar, increíblemente bonita. Sus páginas son lilas por fuera, es tapa dura, tiene muchos adornos en plateado que brillan y una portada preciosa. Su edición sencillamente me llamó tanto la atención que tuve que leer la novela. Y la verdad es que me he encontrado una historia fantasiosa muy original y perfecta si tienes entre doce y quince años.
Empezando por esto, como acabo de comentar, es una novela para adolescentes en
La princesa de los lobos nos cuenta la historia de Sophie Smith, una chica que no cree tener nada de especial a la que le encanta soñar con los hermosos bosques y la magia de Rusia. Cuando un día es posible que se cumpla su deseo de viajar al país que siempre ha deseado visitar hará lo que esté en su mano para poder ir. Una vez allí vivirá una gran aventura junto a sus amigas Marianne y Delphine en el palacio de Invierno de la princesa Volkonskaya, donde los aullidos de los lobos le desvelarán u ...more
3.5 stars

The Wolf Princess is the perfect winter read. There is plenty of snow and a little magic.

Cathryn Constable has struck a good balance between background story and Sophie starting her adventure. Sophie, as well as her friends, a fully-formed characters although Marianne and Delphine have a tendency to disappear when convenient.

Sophie is sweet, she is also incredibly trusting and at times a bit slow on the uptake. The reader will figure things out a long time before Sophie manages. On occa
Ms. Yingling
Later: So confused! I thought that this was time travel, but it wasn't, not really. I kept waiting, and waiting, but it seems that the girls were just sort of taken by this woman who wanted them to help find lost Russian diamonds because one of them had a link to a royal family.

Not time travel, not alternative history. Not bad, just not what I expected it to be!

(Earlier:I like anything with time travel, but my students don't, and princess books are a hard sell at middle school. Interested to se
Radi Radev
Не само загадъчна, но и интригуваща е книгата на Катрин Констабъл. В романа авторката убеждава читателя, че родовата памет винаги е жива, че може да се прояви и в един и същи сън, че може сънят да се сбъдне. И всеки да разбере, че в природата всичко е свързано, а човекът може да бъде обичан дори и от вълците.
Едно английско момиче стига до извода:

"Ако си Волконски, тогава защитавай като вълк най скъпото си."

Една тийнейджърка сънува един и същи сън, сънува собствената си история, но тя не знае ни
The Wolf Princess is the story of an girl named Sophie and her school friends Delphine and Marianne. They are selected from their peers to go on a special trip to St.Petersberg, Russia at the invitation of a mysterious woman who visits the school one day. This is a dream come true for Sophie who has always been enamored with Russia and doesn't usually get to attend the more exclusive school trips because she is a charity student at the school. Sophie's parents are both gone and she lives with a ...more
Sophie and her two friends, Marianne and Delphine, are abandoned on a train on a school trip to Russia. Wandering out into the forest, they search for somewhere to stop. They find a pretty little hut and are soon rescued by Princess Anna, who takes them to her palace. She tells them stories of lost diamonds, and how she desperately needs them to give to the general. Sophie finds the diamonds and gives them to her, but it turns out Princess Anna is not what she seems...

This book was quite good, b
Feb 02, 2015 Amy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2015
This was a pretty good middle grade book about a girl who gets to live her dream and travel to Russia. She travels with her friends and find out that they are in for more than they bargained for. A princess, a mystery and a conspiracy all tied into one book.

Sophia and her friends were interesting to say the least. Delphine, the pretty and popular one, Marianne, the brainy one, and Sophia, the quiet girl no one notices but whose destiny may be much greater than she is aware. I understand spendin
Angela Oliver
Beautifully written and a delicious fable-feeling to it - but moved at a slow pace and certain "twists" were so predictable as to be exasperating when the characters continued on, oblivious to all the hints directed their way.

Not only that, but the entire opening thread - where the girls are on a train heading off into the middle of the Russian-nowhere, the cottage in the snow, the mysterious woman who picked them up from the airport - it was never really explained. The girls felt a little too p
Eleanor Toland
In a modern-day fairytale, orphan Sophie Smith gets lost in Russia on a school trip and discovers a Princess, a dilapidated palace, some albino wolves and a dark, hidden past involving cursed diamonds.

I think I would have loved this book if I'd read it when I was about ten, but now I'm distracted by the one-dimensional characters and painfully obvious twist ending. But on the positive side, the plot is fast-moving and Cathryn Constable has an extraordinarily atmospheric writing style, with vivi
Vickie Ramage
Reviews also on posted on my blog - Under The Mountain

This story revolves around Sophie, an orphan at a school for girls, a place I immediately imagined as Miss Minchin's in A Little Princess. It's clearly a timeless place and not knowing what time period this was set in did frustrate me a little. Not wanting her to miss a chance at visiting Russia, her friend forges her aunt's signature and head off, finding more adventure than they thought.

Almost as soon as they get settled on the train with
I love fairy tales, so I was hoping this would be another excellent fairy tale retold. It wasn't. It's still a pretty good book, just not what I was expecting. Sophie's parents died leaving her with no family and a guardian who didn't really want her. She's living at boarding school in London with her friends, beautiful French Delphine and brainy Marianne. She's always dreamed of going to Russia, wolves, and the cold so when she's given a chance to go to St. Petersburg during the break she goes. ...more
Tim Roast
I read this to my 7-year-old daughter over several bedtimes. I thought it was pretty average to be honest. And for age group it is probably for 10-year-olds-up with long chapters, a girl obsessed by fashion in there, plus some blood and guns towards the end.

The story sees orphan Sophie Smith at a boarding school with her two mates, the clever Marianne, and the fashion-conscious Delphine. Sophie dreams of Russia, “a land of palaces and poetry”, of winter forests and of her late dad.

Mar 19, 2014 PickyReader marked it as did-not-finish
This is probably a good book. Tis a shame that I will never know how good, because I just cannot get past the weird beginning.

The beginning is just... I'm not entirely sure what is up with it. Maybe the author knew what she was trying to say, but couldn't pull it off well. Why does nobody like Sophie, except for the Russian lady? What's up with the Russian lady anyway? I suppose that part is supposed to be part of the "mystery" but it's just written so awkwardly.

I can't get past the characters
Got the book as a gift from a dear friend
Even though there were things I could expect from the early beginning, there were still some lovely surprises
At the early pages of the book, I expected that Sophie would get an adventure in a snowy forest like she had in her dreams, and later on, I could predict her being a Volkonsky
But Masha and the under palace were so lovely
And the diamonds being at the chandelier, the way this was written in the book, how similar to her father's-piece-of-glass
This was just like reading an old-fashioned fairytale. It was so ordinary at the start with the girls in the boarding school and then the arrival of the Russian visitor took the story off into a fantasy which was pretty captivating because of the descriptions of the scenery. It was so mysterious but easy to read as the characters really drew you in especially when Sophie meets Dmitri and his family. What let this book down unfortunately was how trusting and a little dumb the girls were to be led ...more
Abi Elphinstone
Overlooked by teachers, most of her peers and even her guardian, Sophie yearns for a different life – one filled with adventure, magic and, as she says to her friends, Delphine and Marianne, ‘and…a…p-pistol.’ And so when a glamorous Russian lady shows up one day at her school and Sophie and her friends find themselves in wintry Russia a few weeks later, Sophie feels as if her dream has come true. But Anna Volkonskaya’s palace is a place of terrible sadness. Why, when she has been told that there ...more
A great kids book. Ideal for 9-12s and perfect for a winter read. Pacey and full of clues to spot and scenes to wonder at. A story that feels quite traditional (orphaned boarding school girl discovers extraordinary family secret) and there's the magic and romance of old Russia, not to mention lots of snow and wolves. But it is modern and should appeal to modern readers, the central character and her friends exist in a very current 21st century world, but this just adds more thrill to the uncanny ...more
Mar 13, 2015 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: slmta
Sophie Smith is a bored student and neglected orphan who attends the New Bloomsbury College for Young Ladies in England.
Perpetually self-conscious about her impoverished roots and low social standing, Sophie is baffled when a wealthy and mysterious visitor from St. Petersburg is drawn to her, whisking Sophie (and her two friends) away on a trip to Russia—ostensibly to draw new students to enroll at New Bloomsbury. But the girls are abandoned at a hut in the Russian countryside and saved by Prin
Pewnego dnia tej nieprawdopodobnie szarej, a nie śnieżnej zimy, w towarzystwie kubka ciepłego kakao i pluszowego kocyka rozsiadłam się w fotelu i zabrałam się za lekturę książki. Tym razem postanowiłam zaufać powieści o tej magicznej okładce...

Jak za dotknięciem magicznej różdżki znalazłam się w deszczowej Anglii, gdzie poznałam trzy uczennice prywatnej szkoły: Sophie, Delfinę i Mariannę. I to właśnie z nimi zabrałam się w podróż do przykrytej śniegiem Rosji. Napotkałyśmy kilka niejasności podcz
I did enjoy this story and I think it would appeal to girls in Year 5 and up in primary school. The descriptions of the settings, especially those in Russia, are particularly well written and it is somewhat reminiscent of the story of A Little Princess who is rescued from a boarding school and becomes the true princess she was destined to be. The characterisation within the story is perhaps a bit sketchy so it comes across more as a fairy tale because the main characters are not totally believab ...more
En su conjunto me ha gustado, tiene una historia original en algunos sentidos y se lee rápido pero también es verdad que los puntos que gana en ambientación y en originalidad con respecto a los elementos mas fantasiosos de la cultura rusa, los va perdiendo por el hecho de no definir demasiado a su personajes y dejar cosas en el aire o darles una explicación demasiado sencilla con tal de quitarse los problemas de encima.
. Solid, fairy tale like adventure. No actual magic but there are fantastical moments. Bonus for the portrayal of the friendship of the 3 girls, who although a bit stereotypical (the pretty/fashionable one, the brainy one) do not bully each other. they struggle a few times and make-up and support each other. Predictable with no surprises but that’s what makes it a fairy-tale like read. Recommend widely and gentle enough for 2nd grade+ , the girls are in middle school but they are young middle sc ...more
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Cathryn Constable read Theology at Cambridge University. She then worked at Vogue, W, Elle Decoration, Elle and The Independent.

She also wrote for a number of publications including Tatler, and The Sunday Times, before turning her hand to writing for children.

She is married with three children and lives in Islington, London.
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