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Betsy Red Hoodie by Gail Carson Levine
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One day Betsy’s mom says she’s old enough to take some cupcakes to her grandma by herself. Yes! But Betsy’s also a shepherd, so she needs to take her sheep with her. When she opens the pen to let them out, Zimmo, Bray Valley’s other shepherd, who also happens to be a wolf, pops out of the house and begs to go with her. Betsy says no, that grandmas and wolves don’t mix – long ago a wolf had eaten a grandma, after all. But Zimmo begs, and Betsy does need help with all the sheep, so…they set off on the long trip together.
All along the way people warn Betsy that wolves eat grandmas, and Betsy always defends Zimmo. But when they reach the woods and Zimmo runs off and won’t come back, even when Betsy blows her wolf whistle, Betsy begins to second guess her decision to bring him. What if he’s trying to reach grandma’s house first so he can eat her?!
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