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Diane Magras is award-winning author of the NYT Editors' Choice The Mad Wolf's Daughter , as well as its sequel, The Hunt for the Mad Wolf's Daughter .

All things medieval fascinate Diane: castles, abbeys, swords, manuscripts, and the daily life of medieval people, especially those who weren’t royalty. Diane lives in Maine with her husband and son and thinks often of Scotland, where her books are set.
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Diane Magras Yes, there will be a sequel out next spring, continuing the story with some new elements.
Diane Magras I'm so glad you enjoyed my book! Thanks so much for sharing that. I tried very hard to make my book unique, but probably the more comparable would be …moreI'm so glad you enjoyed my book! Thanks so much for sharing that. I tried very hard to make my book unique, but probably the more comparable would be DARK ANGELS (or THE SHADOW HUNT, in the U.S.) by Katherine Langrish. That's a fun, fascinating, well-researched medieval story taking place on the border of England and Wales in a world where it's uncertain whether magic is real or not, but legends abound and a strange feral child may actually be an elf. Pat Walsh's THE CROWFIELD CURSE is also beautifully researched, the tale of a medieval boy who lives at an abbey and is dealing with some rather nasty fae. It's full of magic, religion, and menace. And two more recent medieval stories: THE BOOK OF BOY (Catherine Gilbert Murdock), which has fantastic research as well as a touch of magic; and THE INQUISITOR'S TALE (Adam Gidwitz), also great research with more magic. As you can probably tell, I love to see a story researched. In THE MAD WOLF'S DAUGHTER, I chose not to use magic, as I wanted to see how far I could take the pressures of the medieval world on its own, and found that it provided plenty of drama. But these are all books I'd recommend as being great medieval middle grade.(less)
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The Mad Wolf's Daughter

4.12 avg rating — 1,148 ratings — published 2018 — 6 editions
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"This started off good. It reminded me of The Giver in a lot of ways. Then it gets real heavy handed with the main character "finding God" and it totally lost my interest."
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