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This Is Not a Werewolf Story

This Is Not a Werewolf Story

For Ages: 9 - 12
A fresh, heartwarming, and fascinating debut that two-time Newbery Honor winner Gary Schmidt calls “a journey that every reader needs to go on.”

This is the story of Raul, a boy of few words, fewer friends, and almost no family. He is a loner—but he isn’t lonely. All week long he looks after the younger boys at One Of Our Kind Boarding School while dodging the barbs of terrible Tuffman, the mean gym teacher.

Like every other kid in the world, he longs for Fridays, but not for the usual reasons. The woods have secrets...and so does Raul. As soon as the other students go home for the weekend, Raul makes his way to a lighthouse deep in the heart of the woods. There he waits for sunset—and the mysterious, marvelous shapeshifting phenomenon that allows him to go home, too.
  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 352 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781481444804 | 
  • July 2016 | 
  • Grades 4 - 7
List Price
AU$ 26.99
NZ$ 29.99

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Reading Group Guide

A Reading Group Guide to

This Is Not a Werewolf Story

By Sandra Evans

About the Book

This is the story of Raul, a boy of few words, fewer friends, and almost no family. He is a loner—but he isn’t lonely. All week long he looks after the younger boys at One Of Our Kind Boarding School while dodging the barbs of terrible Tuffman, the mean gym teacher.

Like every other kid in the world, he longs for Fridays, but not for the usual reasons. The woods have secrets...and so does Raul. As soon as the other students go home for the weekend, Raul makes his way to a lighthouse deep in the heart of the woods. There he waits for sunset—and the mysterious, marvelous shapeshifting phenomenon that allows him to go home, too.

Prereading Activities

1. What does the word metamorphosis mean? Have groups identify, read about, and present different traditional tales where metamorphosis plays an important role.

2. Is it good to keep a secret? Have you ever kept one? Why? Was it your secret or someone else’s? Were you glad you kept the secret? If you didn’t keep the secret, why not? Who did you tell? What were the consequences? Imagine a situation where it would be good to keep a secret. Imagine one where it would be a bad idea.

Discussion Questions

1. How do cliffs, madrona trees, windows, and the bike in the oak represent chang see more

About the Author

Sandra Evans
Photography (c) by Connie Riggio

Sandra Evans

Sandra Evans drew inspiration for This Is Not a Werewolf Story from cultural sources, including the “sympathetic werewolf” stories of twelfth-century France and Celtic myths. She wrote the novel for (and with input from) her son. Sandra is a native of Whidbey Island and earned her doctorate in French literature from the University of Washington. This Is Not a Werewolf Story is her first book for children.

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