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Tell the Wolves I’m Home – Carol Rifka Brunt

Title: Tell the Wolves I’m home

Author: Carol Rifka Brunt

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Plot: June Elbus is a fourteen-year-old girl who’s just lost her beloved uncle, Finn Weiss. Uncle Finn was her one friend as more of a loner and outsider in school and home. Finn Weiss was also a famous painter and died too soon. A package arrives for June soon after his funeral from a mysterious sender named Toby. The package was a teapot that belonged to Uncle Finn which June admired along with a note from Toby. Toby wanted to meet with June. Defying her parents, June sneaks out of the house to meet with Toby. She tells her parents she is helping her sister with the school play. After meeting Toby, June decides that she likes him. They keep meeting in secret. Soon the secrets start to pile up, June learns of her sister’s after school activities besides the play. She learns more secrets that Uncle Finn kept. June starts secretly adding minor detail’s to her and her sister’s portrait that Uncle Finn painted for them. But someone else has been adding details of their own. But who else has been adding details? Will June be able to keep all of these secrets? Will they come to light? What will happen if they do?

Rating: 3.0 – A good story with good plot twists

Opinion: I’m not used to reading realistic fiction books, so this book was a little more boring for me to read. I thought the plot seemed interesting and gave the book a shot. I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would. It was a good coming of age story. It may be for people a little older than me as it was harder for me to relate to the characters. The story takes place in 1987 and is a little before my time. But there were parts that I could still relate to. I struggled in some of the same ways as June and her sister. The ending did leave me with warm fuzzies after the usual worry after the usual amount of worry if all of the characters were going to be alright in the end. Overall this was a great coming of age story that will warm your heart. If you’re interested in realistic fiction with a happy ending, then I highly recommend this book.

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