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Mom, the Wolf Man, and Me

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  399 ratings  ·  24 reviews
An eleven-year-old girl describes her life and relationship with her mother who has never married.
Paperback, 156 pages
Published October 1st 1980 by Avon Books (first published 1972)
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This book tells the story of Brett, an eleven-year-old girl with a feisty unwed-and-single-by-choice mother who's brought her up on all varieties of granola liberal hogwash. The Wolf Man is her mother's new beau. He has a wolfhound, a pock-marked face and a great red beard. A pleasurable aspect of this book was that I kept imagining characters from the Mary Tyler Moore show while reading, probably because it was written in 1972 and takes place in various shag-rugged apartments. I imagined Brett' ...more
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, kids-ya
I’m not sure if I actually read this as a child or if I just saw the cover repeatedly in the library. First published in 1972, Mom, the Wolf Man and Me is about 11 year old Brett who does not have a father and isn’t hung up about it at all. She loves her liberated mother, who works as a photographer and who isn’t like the mother of her friends. Brett’s mom wears jeans and no makeup, works crazy hours and takes Brett with her on protest marches, etc. In the 1970’s that was super cool. When Brett’ ...more
Rebecca McNutt
This book is definitely a relic of a bygone era with a 1970's style, but the story is generally a timeless one about one girl's rather peculiar albeit common idea of family.
I think the single parent situation here -- one of choice, with no father in the picture at all -- was revolutionary at the time. But the relationship that develops with Theodore happens out of no where and if I'm being honest, he feels like a lonely, lost puppy, as opposed to a fully fleshed character. I enjoyed this quite a bit, thought the exploration of gender roles was good, and I remained unsurprised to see so much fat phobia throughout.
Jul 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I read this when I was a kid, and was thinking that my daughter might like it. I wanted to read it again because I remembered that it was kind of clandestine and controversial when I was a kid. Well, things have certainly changed, nothing in this book would surprise my 9 year old. BUT...I was so deeply sucked in by Norma Klein's writing, once again. I read everything she ever wrote when I was younger and all I can say is that she died waaaaaaay too soon, she was a tremendously gifted writer and ...more
Nov 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mg
Well, as many of you know, I was all excited to find this old favorite of mine in the Friends of the Library book sale last month. It's about the daughter of a zany, unconventional single mother who eventually remarries without losing her zany, unconventional ways. I remembered it as wonderful and groundbreaking. It now seems a bit dated and optimistically "Free to Be You and Me," especially the fact that the main character is altogether unmoved by the fact that she has no father and totally tol ...more
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Growing up, Klein's teen novels were a little too much for me, but sensible, going-on-12 Brett always felt like a friend. Her mom and Theo are a great Free to Be...You and Me couple.

Klein isn't preachy but she matter-of-factly shows girls the dangers of aspiring to be like Evelyn's mother.

With this reading, I wondered how all the kids in the story would turn out, and I thought a lot more about Brett's mom situation, back when she was single and pregnant circa 1960.

Love that the wolfhound is n
Oct 18, 2008 rated it liked it
I remember buying this book from the Scholastic catalog (remember those?) thinking it was about a werewolf. I was maybe 9 years old at the time so cut me some slack on this. When I got over being put out that it wasn't about lycanthropy in any way, I loved it. The idea of a girl with an unwed mother and a boyfriend that slept over was so shocking, exotic and cool to me that Brett was my idol-and I felt for her having to share her Mom all of a sudden with this new hirsute boyfriend even as I deli ...more
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Even Norma Klein's books for middle grade readers have depth and honesty. I would have loved this story when I was 10, 11, 12, and I appreciate it now as an adult as well. Even beyond its fun and frank protagonist, it's fun to read about NYC in 1972.

20/60 tbr box.
Spider the Doof Warrior
I finished this ages ago. It took only 10 seconds. It's an interesting insight into the 70s. We don't even blink when it comes to single mothers.
Nov 30, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This is a book that I read many, many years ago when I was a young adult. Now I am an old adult and I don't remember it very clearly, just that I enjoyed it and may have read it more than once.
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
Is a child of the 70s I was obsessed with monsters, especially the ones in Universal movies, and would read anything that name dropped a monster in the title.

I found this book to be disappointing because it did not have an actual Wolf Man in it.

Should have come with an advisory sticker: Warning: Contains no actual werewolf.
Neeti Bharatan
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fun read that looks into the mind of a preteen going through changes in personal life.
Shannon Knight
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Revisited this favorite from my childhood and it's still as wonderful as ever. Norma Klein's characters have always been beautifully relatable to me.
DeAnn Kohlbeck
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this book..Told so we'll. Very funny and innocent.
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Young adult fiction. Fast read. Cute story. Note to self: bring lots of books when visiting Bella Coola OR make sure to visit their Red Bookshelf!!
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
After all of these years, I still really like this book. It was weird how it seemed so familiar even though I haven't read it in probably 30+ years. Strangely, though, the parts when Brett is talking about "the Wolf Man" spending the night with her mom and talking to her mom about "sexual intercourse" was not familiar which makes me think I blocked that out of my mind as a tween! It was interesting to see the different issues that were brought up in a kids' book written in the early '70's: singl ...more
Sep 21, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a Norma Klein book that I don't own, but that I remember reading very clearly. Focuses on the relationship between a girl and her divorced mom.
I honestly can't remember if I liked this book or not. I read it as a kid but I've never re-read it. I probably thought it was okay.
Nov 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teenage
Great story of pre teen divorce angst by Norma Klein. Likable, precocious protagonist
Rogue-van (the Bookman)
The author convincingly describes a strange family unit. Fascinating. Well written. Doesn't appeal to my more conservative views, so I didn't like it as much as most people would.
Arlene Allen
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adults
what I read in the 70's...
Jun 18, 2010 rated it liked it
I read this a couple of times as a teen and really liked it. No idea how I would feel about it now.
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Norma Klein was born in New York City and graduated cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College with a degree in Russian. She later received her master's degree in Slavic languages from Columbia University.

Ms. Klein began publishing short stories while attending Barnard and since then she had written novels for readers of all ages. The author got her ideas from everyday life

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