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Stepsisters, yes. Friends? Maybe … “I smelled the wolf now—sharp and musky. I scanned the pen and saw a shadow behind one of the bushes that might be another wolf. Probably two of the most miserable looking creatures I’d ever seen.” –from Summer of the Wolves Stephanie and Diana are having a hard time adjusting to life as new stepsisters.  The girls “pretend” to like each ot Stepsisters, yes. Friends? Maybe … “I smelled the wolf now—sharp and musky. I scanned the pen and saw a shadow behind one of the bushes that might be another wolf. Probably two of the most miserable looking creatures I’d ever seen.” –from Summer of the Wolves Stephanie and Diana are having a hard time adjusting to life as new stepsisters.  The girls “pretend” to like each other, but it’s pretty hard considering they are complete opposites.  When their new family takes their first-ever vacation to a horse ranch in North Carolina, not even long horse-back rides in the forest can tame their tempers. Diana’s anger issues and Stephanie’s fear of everything prove disastrous, until Diana discovers the caged wolves in the deep woods. She vows to free them, and surprisingly, Stephanie agrees to help. But their actions have unforeseen consequences, and if there’s any chance to make things right, Stephanie and Diana must put their differences aside


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Stepsisters, yes. Friends? Maybe … “I smelled the wolf now—sharp and musky. I scanned the pen and saw a shadow behind one of the bushes that might be another wolf. Probably two of the most miserable looking creatures I’d ever seen.” –from Summer of the Wolves Stephanie and Diana are having a hard time adjusting to life as new stepsisters.  The girls “pretend” to like each ot Stepsisters, yes. Friends? Maybe … “I smelled the wolf now—sharp and musky. I scanned the pen and saw a shadow behind one of the bushes that might be another wolf. Probably two of the most miserable looking creatures I’d ever seen.” –from Summer of the Wolves Stephanie and Diana are having a hard time adjusting to life as new stepsisters.  The girls “pretend” to like each other, but it’s pretty hard considering they are complete opposites.  When their new family takes their first-ever vacation to a horse ranch in North Carolina, not even long horse-back rides in the forest can tame their tempers. Diana’s anger issues and Stephanie’s fear of everything prove disastrous, until Diana discovers the caged wolves in the deep woods. She vows to free them, and surprisingly, Stephanie agrees to help. But their actions have unforeseen consequences, and if there’s any chance to make things right, Stephanie and Diana must put their differences aside

30 review for Summer of the Wolves

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    {Welcome to Teen Week! Every quarter we're going to try and do a Teen Week! A week where every weekday has a new review of a Christian book written just for teens! This week will be a little different with a new review and an updated review on Friday! You’re reading the second one of this quarter's! :) } {Day 1 Here!} About this book: “Stepsisters, yes. Friends? Maybe... Stephanie and Diana are having a hard time adjusting to life as new stepsisters. The girls 'pretend' to like each other, but i {Welcome to Teen Week! Every quarter we're going to try and do a Teen Week! A week where every weekday has a new review of a Christian book written just for teens! This week will be a little different with a new review and an updated review on Friday! You’re reading the second one of this quarter's! :) } {Day 1 Here!} About this book: “Stepsisters, yes. Friends? Maybe... Stephanie and Diana are having a hard time adjusting to life as new stepsisters. The girls 'pretend' to like each other, but it's pretty hard considering they are complete opposites. When their new family takes their first-ever vacation to a horse ranch in North Carolina, not even long horse-back rides in the forest can tame their tempers. Diana's anger issues and Stephanie's fear of everything prove disastrous, until Diana discovers the caged wolves in the deep woods. She vows to free them, and surprisingly, Stephanie agrees to help. But their actions have unforeseen consequences, and if there's any chance to make things right, Stephanie and Diana must put their differences aside.” Series: Book #1 in the “Sisters in All Seasons”. Spiritual Content- Three Prayers; A few mentions of God; Mentions of youth group & a few discussions are remembered. *Note: “Paybacks are hell” is said; A mention of the Greek goddess named Diana; Mentions of the Cherokee Indians beliefs (talks about spirits and the Milky Way) Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘crummy’, a form of ‘darn’, a ‘dumb’, a ‘freaking’, a ‘geez’, a ‘heck’, a ‘oh my gosh’, a ‘p*ssed’, a ‘prissy’, a ‘son of a gun’, a ‘shut up’, a ‘sucked’, two ‘gosh’s, two ‘idiot’s, two ‘shoot’s, two ‘suck it up’, three ‘blah, blah, blah’, three ‘omigosh’s, three ‘what the heck’s, four ‘duh’s, eight ‘stupid’s; Sarcasm; Yelling at people that you hate them; Diana & Stephanie bicker; A mention of a tattoo Diana tried to get (her mother wouldn’t let her); Eye rolling; Blood, pain and surgery (up to detailed); Many mentions of wolf attacks, hunting wolves, road kill and dead animals, & mistreating wolves (up to semi-detailed); A mention of drinking wine & drunk men; Both girls parents are divorced; Stephanie’s mom says catty things and those thoughts pop up in Stephanie’s mind; *Note: Diana takes pills for her anger issues. Sexual Content- Mentions of a cute boy; Stephanie & Nick hug (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of the girls’ new parents making out; Lynn & Norm give flirty smiles, kiss and he calls her ‘babe’ once; a ‘baby’; *Note: a “pain in the you-know-what” and “butt out of my life!” are both said once; Maggie smacks a horse’s butt; Mentions of underwear. -Diana, age 14 (almost 15) -Stephanie, age 13/14 P.O.V. switches between them in first person 238 pages ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Pre Teens- One Star New Teens- One Star (and a half) Early High School Teens- Two Stars Older High School Teens- Three Stars My personal Rating- Two Stars {Girls interested in becoming a veterinarian, add 1-2 stars. Girls who have a stepsister, add 1-2 stars.} I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this book. Wolves aren’t really in my top 20 favorite animals list. I was pretty disappointed with all the minor cussing and lack of Spiritual Content (though, the latter might change as the series goes on. Not sure about that). I’ve said it before on reviews that I’m not one for blood or gore, and the surgery scene was more than a bit much. Very interesting storyline to say the least. Link to review: http://booksforchristiangirls.blogspo... *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

  2. 5 out of 5

    annika

    I remember reading this book a few years ago. It was awesome! I loved the story about the two girls and the wolves. It was cute, unique, and surprisingly, wonderfully written! Highly recommended. Content: G- Tense/semi violent moments, maybe a kiss, no language

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Banks

    I won this in a First Reads Giveaway. This book was cute, sweet, touching and flows nicely. It was an okay read which I finished in one sitting. The characters and stories were well enough done. There was definitely some character progression in here. I think middle schoolers will love this book more than I did. I think it's okay but for me, it was missing something to really like it and get into. I think it's just because I'm older. I usually go for the more hard hitting young adult books for o I won this in a First Reads Giveaway. This book was cute, sweet, touching and flows nicely. It was an okay read which I finished in one sitting. The characters and stories were well enough done. There was definitely some character progression in here. I think middle schoolers will love this book more than I did. I think it's okay but for me, it was missing something to really like it and get into. I think it's just because I'm older. I usually go for the more hard hitting young adult books for older teenagers instead of fluffy books for kids this young. I hate the way we don't know what happened with the second wolf at the end. I really hope that the girls keep in touch and find out what happened in the next book. I also really hope there's more information about Diana's mood disorder in the next one as well since the treatment of that and Diana because of it, bothered me. One aspect of the book I really liked was the information on animals, nature and Cherokee heritage. I thought that was great. I liked how it was really strong on the issues of wolf-dog breeds and how really they shouldn't be kept like that. There's a lot of scams out there selling half-breeds and lies. I know someone who has taken in half-breeds as rescues being in the wilderness, with the space, time and knowledge to care for them properly. It's a huge undertaking and they really aren't like dogs. I wish there was a bit more about the Cherokees since the setting was in their region and how much misinformation is out there regarding Native Americans. This book could really get kids thinking and interested in such things. I think it would have helped to put some links or information for kids to look into after reading. Just put a warning for the kids to go online with their parents to do it. The whole conflict about the family not getting along makes me wonder what the family did before this vacation. The only thing mentioned was the one weekend Stephanie came over while Diana stayed in her room. Seems rather short sighted and stupid to not work on this before even getting married. The girls never even met before or something? Seems like the parents were thinking more of being together than making a family work. I'd be upset too if this was just sprung on me. Do parents really not understand this? It's also tired trope about going on family vacation making it all better. It works here but it's not really new or exciting. Honestly, though, those issues are probably beyond any middle schoolers concerns. Diana's mood disorder. I'm really not sure how to feel about this. We don't even know what specific disorder is being talked about here. Diana is old enough to know herself, why is it not mentioned? Without that information it comes off as a gimmick to explain Diana's emotional problems but really it hardly seems like a problem at all. When Diana forgot to take her medication the side effects where dizziness and such from not taking the pill and being up all day. I can't really pin point where Diana was shown to really have a problem. She seemed fine. Her emotions and actions seemed perfectly normal and expected considering the circumstances. Without something concrete or a specific name to her disorder, it feels like the book is saying any kid that acts like Diana needs medication and is "off balance". Like the default for girls should be acting like Stephanie. That bothers me. I also question about Diana's therapy. Doesn't seem like much is getting talked about and it really just seems like Diana needs someone to talk to. It's not like her mom tried to understand, just blamed Diana's behavior on the disorder instead of wondering why she was acting this way. I don't know why Lynn would go the extra mile for Stephanie but didn't even try to talk to Diana. Hopefully, in the next book this is expanded on and explained. As far as it being Christian fiction, the only mentions of God were Stephanie talking about her bible study group and the rare spontaneous “Oh god” prayer from Diana. I'm not sure how this gets classified as Christian fiction. All mentions of God could have been removed and you wouldn't have been able to tell. In America the majority of people are Christian. It's the dominate religion so that most people automatically assume you believe one version or the other. This leads to a lot of Christian characters. If you're only criteria is having a Christian character, then sure this qualifies. The other themes and morals are basic love your family, try to do the right, fix what you get wrong and get along with people and it's not like that's unique to Christianity. Christianity isn't necessary for those at all. On this site the only way to see it's labeled as Christian fiction is to click on the 'more shelves' used by users link on the side bar.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Haggerty

    I was first completely interested in this book because of the wolves. I quickly realized that this book is so much more. Kline did a wonderful job of showing the difficulties in merging families. I loved both Stephanie and Diana. There is no way I could pick one as a favorite because they were both appealing characters in different ways. I enjoyed Diana's love of animals so much. She may have had her issues but she was amazing with the animals. Stephanie was just so sweet. She tried hard to be f I was first completely interested in this book because of the wolves. I quickly realized that this book is so much more. Kline did a wonderful job of showing the difficulties in merging families. I loved both Stephanie and Diana. There is no way I could pick one as a favorite because they were both appealing characters in different ways. I enjoyed Diana's love of animals so much. She may have had her issues but she was amazing with the animals. Stephanie was just so sweet. She tried hard to be friendly with everyone and to please people. She may have been scared but she really persevered. I think both girls grew so much in this book. The struggle of these two families coming together was so realistic. I think that Kline hit on some very real issues for children in these situations. She showed the fears and insecurities well, and then helped to show resolutions to these problems. To me the animals were very important in this book. The wolves played a very important role. The girls first bonded while helping the wolves and then bonded further while trying to fix their mistake of releasing the wolves. The horses really helped both girls, too. While Copper helped Diana to be calmer, Sam eventually helped to ease some of Stephanie's fears. This was such a wonderful book. The horse ranch was beautifully written and full of interesting characters. The adventures the girls had were fun to read, and kept me wanting more. I will be very excited to read the second book in the Sisters in All Seasons series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ann Campanella

    Lisa Williams Kline is one of my favorite young adult authors. In Summer of the Wolves we meet two step sisters who are so real they could walk off the page. The story is exciting and fun, and the sisters learn a lot about themselves and each other through these pages. This is a fantastic series! My daughter has read these books over and over. And I love reading them, too!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carol Baldwin

    Excellently written middle grade book for girls from two points of view. Kept my interest--I wanted to know what happened-- and ended with hope. So important for books for young people! Looking forward to reading "Wild Horse Spring" Excellently written middle grade book for girls from two points of view. Kept my interest--I wanted to know what happened-- and ended with hope. So important for books for young people! Looking forward to reading "Wild Horse Spring"

  7. 5 out of 5

    Juanita

    I needed a palate cleanser book. This is a super cute middle grade novel about 2 very different girls trying to navigate new family dynamics after their parents remarry and getting into some trouble on their dude ranch vacation. Lots of introspection and some character growth. Its published by zondervan but I don't recall any religious references other than one girl mentions her youth group. I needed a palate cleanser book. This is a super cute middle grade novel about 2 very different girls trying to navigate new family dynamics after their parents remarry and getting into some trouble on their dude ranch vacation. Lots of introspection and some character growth. Its published by zondervan but I don't recall any religious references other than one girl mentions her youth group.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Arabella

    Really good. Will read the next one soon.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Amazing!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Howell

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Not a fan of the ending. You never find out what happens to the last wolf

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jacqlineveve

    STEPTSISTERS, YES. FRIENDS? MAYBE… Stephanie and Diana are having a hard time adjusting to life as new stepsisters. The girls “pretend” to like each other, but it’s pretty hard considering they are complete opposites. When their new family takes their first-ever vacation to a horse ranch in North Carolina, not even long horse-back rides in the forest can tame their tempers. Diana’s anger issues and Stephanie’s fear of everything prove disastrous, until Diana discovers the caged wolves in the deep STEPTSISTERS, YES. FRIENDS? MAYBE… Stephanie and Diana are having a hard time adjusting to life as new stepsisters. The girls “pretend” to like each other, but it’s pretty hard considering they are complete opposites. When their new family takes their first-ever vacation to a horse ranch in North Carolina, not even long horse-back rides in the forest can tame their tempers. Diana’s anger issues and Stephanie’s fear of everything prove disastrous, until Diana discovers the caged wolves in the deep woods. She vows to free them, and surprisingly, Stephanie agrees to help. But their actions have unforeseen consequences, and if there’s any chance to make things right, Stephanie and Diana must put their differences asside. “I smelled the wolf now – sharp and musky. I scanned the pen and saw a shadow behind one of the bushes that might be another wolf. Probably two of the most miserable looking creatures I’d ever seen.” - from Summer of the Wolves First of all I would want to say that lately I was a lot into books with wolves. I don’t know why, but this animals make me want to read every story they are in it. I didn’t know what to expect from this book. All I knew is that I won’t find any fantasy action or supernatural creatures. And I’m glad I wasn’t and it made me take a break from my usually reading. Sister of the Wolves is the first book in the “Sisters in all Seasons” series, and it was a very nice, interesting and fun reading. I really enjoyed the idea of telling the story from both of the girls points of views. The alternating chapters made me connect better with Diana and Stephanie and understand how both of the girls are feeling. Norm and Lynn, decide to take their daughters in a family trip to a horse ranch in North California. But the idea of sharing their parents and now the room dosen’t make the new stepsisters very happy. Each of them is trying to find a different activity and that is beacuse they don’t even like the same stuff. Diana wants to ride all day long, while Stephanie wants to spend her time with Nick. And just when I thought they will never be friends something happend. Overwall, I liked the idea of this book. It was a really fast and enjoyable reading, and I can’t wait to read the sequel “Wild Horse Spring”. I recommend you to give this book a try if you want to read a nice and realistic fiction family story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    "Summer of the Wolves" I think makes a decent middle grade story about two very different girls - Stephanie and Diana, who spend a summer with their family at a horse ranch. The story shows a fragmented family trying to adjust to their new lives and find time to bond, even in consideration the growing pains of having to get along with each other and taking into consideration that one of the girls (Diana) has a mood disorder. The two girls eventually find a bond and actually end up freeing two wo "Summer of the Wolves" I think makes a decent middle grade story about two very different girls - Stephanie and Diana, who spend a summer with their family at a horse ranch. The story shows a fragmented family trying to adjust to their new lives and find time to bond, even in consideration the growing pains of having to get along with each other and taking into consideration that one of the girls (Diana) has a mood disorder. The two girls eventually find a bond and actually end up freeing two wolves in captivity during their time at the ranch, only for it to result in circumstances that they do not realize carry heavy repercussions with what results after the girls free them. This is very much a coming of age story within the realm of Christian fiction, and while it has its heart in the right place, I thought the book lacked a necessary amount of intimacy to really bring some of its issues and characterizations home. The mood disorder that Diana has is never expanded upon - it's treated with sensitivity but lacks intimacy. It's an element and it is shown to have complication (as well as shown that Diana has to cope in spurts with it), but I felt it was dealt with at arms length. Much of the other parts of this story were lacking intimacy as well, and the flow of the story feels fragmented, even though the girls have very distinct personalities from each other. Diana is a bit rebellious and Stephanie's stuck in trying to please as many people as she can despite what she wants at her core. Both girls have to come to terms with themselves in this story. What I really liked in this story was the attention to the animals and the environment - I thought that was a nice element of the book. There are some peppered references to Native American/Cherokee culture here, but I wish it were a little more expanded than what it was in its presentation, because that would've been interesting to get into with the lore and what the girls ultimately learn from it. Overall, I think it's a decent story, but I think it could've had better pacing and a little more intimacy in the writing to drive the story home for what it was trying to show. Overall score: 2/5 Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher Zondervan.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brittan

    This review was originally posted on my book blog: Written By Brittan Summer of the Wolves is a cute and meaningful book, that will stick with you even after your finished reading. This book is great for all ages, it doesn't feel like it is a middle grade. This book has a really great message, and a great and creative way to tell it. This book is written in alternating point of views of Diana and Stephanie. Diana's mom married Stephanie's Dad. They all go on a family vacation to a horse ranch. Ste This review was originally posted on my book blog: Written By Brittan Summer of the Wolves is a cute and meaningful book, that will stick with you even after your finished reading. This book is great for all ages, it doesn't feel like it is a middle grade. This book has a really great message, and a great and creative way to tell it. This book is written in alternating point of views of Diana and Stephanie. Diana's mom married Stephanie's Dad. They all go on a family vacation to a horse ranch. Stephanie is trying to be friends with Diana, bu Diana dislikes Stephanie. The people who run the ranch of wolf dogs. Diana see where they have been keeping the wolves and decide to let them, and Stephanie helps. Through out the story of the wolves Dina and Stephanie really bound, and discover themselves as they are now after divorces of their parents and their parents getting remarried. I loved these characters. They were fun characters to read from. Diana loves animals, and she is very spunky and adventurous. Stephanie is very scared, but through out the book she become less afraid and also pretty brave compare to how she was in the beginning of the book. These two character are very enjoyable to read about and to read the story through their eyes. Lisa Williams Kline was completely brilliant to put animals in the book to help the girls solve their problems. The changing of point of view was written perfect. It would hook me and then it would change to the other girl and that just open up the story for me and brought it to life. She made the characters and book so realistic it felt like they were real. This book was fantastic! I hope I will be able to read more of this series soon. The message in this book very meaningful, and it was told in such and original way. I recommended this book to any who likes coming to age books, or if you like animal stories.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Majibookshelf Juhina & Farah

    Summer of the Wolves is the first book in the "Sisters in all Seasons" series, and it was just what I needed. A chill, cute, and fun contemporary book that never bored me. The writing was never confusing, and the flow of the book was great. It sort of felt like realistic fiction to me, because it talked about the relationship between the two step sisters, and their struggle to accept the reality of them becoming one family. First off, I would like to say that I loved the idea of portraying it fro Summer of the Wolves is the first book in the "Sisters in all Seasons" series, and it was just what I needed. A chill, cute, and fun contemporary book that never bored me. The writing was never confusing, and the flow of the book was great. It sort of felt like realistic fiction to me, because it talked about the relationship between the two step sisters, and their struggle to accept the reality of them becoming one family. First off, I would like to say that I loved the idea of portraying it from both of the girls points of views. One chapter it would be Diana speaking, and the other chapter it would be Stephanie. It wasn't even confusing, but it made me connect to both of the characters more. Norm, who is stephanie's father, and Lynn, who is Diana's mother, decide to go to a family trip so the girls would get along better. Diana, having a 'mood disorder' hates the fact of having a new sister. She's scared, and doesn't even want to try to be nice to Stephanie, which kind of annoyed me and made me think of her as a spoiled brat. On the other hand, Stephanie is trying her best to be nice and kind to Diana. She wants Diana to like her back. I'm glad there wasn't too much family drama in this book, because even the sister's fights together were normal and believable. Overall, I enjoyed the concept of the book. It wasn't fluffy and it wasn't over dramatic either. It was a really fast read as well, and I cannot wait to read the sequel "Wild Horse Spring". If you enjoy contemporary, or realistic fiction books, you should give this book a try. Even though it isn't fully young adult, it didn't seem childish to me at all.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I received this book for free through First-reads, so thank you to the author/publisher for sending me this advanced reading copy. This is a story about 2 young girls that have absolutely opposite personalities, and suddenly find themselves being step-sisters. Their parents just recently were married, and they are on their first "family vacation". Diana is a troubled girl, that has trouble using a filter (meaning whatever she is thinking is blurted out) Stephanie is the people pleaser, appears pe I received this book for free through First-reads, so thank you to the author/publisher for sending me this advanced reading copy. This is a story about 2 young girls that have absolutely opposite personalities, and suddenly find themselves being step-sisters. Their parents just recently were married, and they are on their first "family vacation". Diana is a troubled girl, that has trouble using a filter (meaning whatever she is thinking is blurted out) Stephanie is the people pleaser, appears perfect, she's pretty, has good grades, dresses nice, and tries to live up to her father's expectations, but she's afraid of everything. They vacation at a horse ranch, which is where Diana shines. Having grown up around horses, she's loves being in the barn, talking to the horses and takes care of them. She immediately falls in love with one of the ranches' horses - Copper, and although he's a little tempermental, she doesn't have a problem with him. Stephanie is terrified of riding since she was thrown from a horse 3 years before. The ranch has 2 wolves that Diana feels connected to because to her they feel trapped like she does. Stephanie tries very hard to become friends with Diana, and keeps getting pushed away. This is a good story of how a new family finds their way into becoming a true family. The girls are good for each other, because Diana encourages Stephanie to try new things, and Stephanie makes Diana a little nicer, and she teaches her what it means to be a friend and how to treat others. This was a nice story and a quick read. I enjoyed it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Danica Page (One Page at a Time)

    This is a condensed version of my review. The extended version can be found here. My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this copy. I love christian fiction and I love young adult fiction, so going into this novel I had some high expectations. I loved Lisa's writing style from the very first page. She wrote in a way that left me captivated with the characters and their stories. Diana and Ste This is a condensed version of my review. The extended version can be found here. My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this copy. I love christian fiction and I love young adult fiction, so going into this novel I had some high expectations. I loved Lisa's writing style from the very first page. She wrote in a way that left me captivated with the characters and their stories. Diana and Stephanie are now step-sisters and they couldn't be more different. I loved watching how they bonded and grew closer. This is a book that isn't about romance, but rather about family relationships and growing to love yourself and your family. I will admit that I might have liked a tad more romance, but I understand that this wasn't the point of this book. I really enjoyed reading this novel and yet the ending left me slightly unsatisfied. I thought that more could have been resolved. However, now that it's been awhile since I finished this book, I realize that the ending was actually probably quite perfect for this book. In Summary: A beautifully written book about growing up and learning to love yourself and your family. Definitely recommended to fans of YA contemporary realistic fiction centered around family relationships.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    The thing that first drew me to this book wasn't the subject matter, but the writing style. I picked it off the shelf and flipped through it, then hardly wanted to put it down. It doesn't read like it is for a juvenile audience or talk down to the reader at all. I love that enough about the book that I am going to take a look at the other ones as well. The story started out strong, and I had a feeling that the author wasn't sure where it was going, but as soon as it locked into a theme, it suffer The thing that first drew me to this book wasn't the subject matter, but the writing style. I picked it off the shelf and flipped through it, then hardly wanted to put it down. It doesn't read like it is for a juvenile audience or talk down to the reader at all. I love that enough about the book that I am going to take a look at the other ones as well. The story started out strong, and I had a feeling that the author wasn't sure where it was going, but as soon as it locked into a theme, it suffered a bit. Stephanie, the girl 'Who is afraid of everything' seemed to be put in a narrow box. She screamed and cried over things so much that even the people around her stopped reacting. And I just started rolling my eyes at her. She did make wonderful progress by the end. And Diana - I think she went three days without sleep? And seemed perfectly fine by the 2nd/3rd day? Maybe I missed a nap in there somewhere. I didn't mind her rage issues too much, though I think they were a little heavy handed and we needed some more background info on them. I loved the stepsisters' relationship - or lack of one. Stephanie started out so strong, trying to get the relationship to work. I immediately typecast her as the popular one in school, with the perfect clothes and all the friends. Maybe this is why her breakdowns drove me nuts. She was supposed to be the emotionally strong one.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Franco

    This was an awesome start to a series! I love how the chapters take turns giving the perspective of both girls, one for Diana and one for Stephanie. I thought it was great the way Stephanie was really trying to get along with Diana and how Diana finally gave in and started being nicer to her. I only wish the author gave more details on what the deal was with Diana's father. Clearly something was up, but you're just kind of left wondering what was going on that he was being so rotten. Hopefully I This was an awesome start to a series! I love how the chapters take turns giving the perspective of both girls, one for Diana and one for Stephanie. I thought it was great the way Stephanie was really trying to get along with Diana and how Diana finally gave in and started being nicer to her. I only wish the author gave more details on what the deal was with Diana's father. Clearly something was up, but you're just kind of left wondering what was going on that he was being so rotten. Hopefully I'll know more once I start the second book, which I plan to do as soon as I am done posting the review. This book is a great example of how it's not always a cakewalk when two people get married and blend a family together. Luckily, it seems like its going to work, although Stephanie's dad Norm may have to get used to Diana's moods. I ABSOLUTELY loved it towards the end when Lynn, Diana's mom, finally grew a pair and let him know that regardless of her love for him, Diana is her only child, and she will always love her more! It's nice to see a parent act like a parent for a change. I do the same thing with my husband and son (hubby's stepson). Great book, highly recommend and can't wait to read book two!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    I think this is a great book for young teens. After reading this book, I am giving it to my niece who is 12 & I think she will be able to relate to Diana because my niece loves horses also. The book does not lag & keeps a nice pace to keep young readers interested. I did not realize this was a series & now I want to read the next one to see what becomes of the wolves (if that is included in the next book?). I was a little concerned about the medications that Diana had to take but totally underst I think this is a great book for young teens. After reading this book, I am giving it to my niece who is 12 & I think she will be able to relate to Diana because my niece loves horses also. The book does not lag & keeps a nice pace to keep young readers interested. I did not realize this was a series & now I want to read the next one to see what becomes of the wolves (if that is included in the next book?). I was a little concerned about the medications that Diana had to take but totally understand that they can be a part of a person's life. She didn't always take them as prescribed, so I didn't like that part being in the book since this book is written for young teens. I know some will probably be able to relate to that part of the book, but I would not want others to follow in her footsteps or think that it is ok to take meds how you want to take them instead of the prescribed way. I just think it would have been better to have left the parts about the medications out & left it as her having a rebellious feeling because of her parents divorce. Just my opinion. I still liked the book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Karen Fowler

    Although I don't read much in the way of Young Adult (especially the very-young kind) I couldn't help but falling in love with this story and the girls, so much so that my often angst-ridden early teen years floated to surface in my mind and I understood how the girls were feeling and thinking. To me, that means the author Lisa Williams Kline not only did her job with this book, but did it exceedingly well. I didn't feel like I was reading a book about two young girls who are suddenly step siste Although I don't read much in the way of Young Adult (especially the very-young kind) I couldn't help but falling in love with this story and the girls, so much so that my often angst-ridden early teen years floated to surface in my mind and I understood how the girls were feeling and thinking. To me, that means the author Lisa Williams Kline not only did her job with this book, but did it exceedingly well. I didn't feel like I was reading a book about two young girls who are suddenly step sisters and spirited away to have some family bonding time at a Dude Ranch. No, instead I breathed in the country air with them. I saw the captive wolves skulk around in their cage. I tensed while they went white-water rafting. Overall, a terrific book about family (both born and cobbled together)and understanding, interlaced with details about wild wolves and a wolf pack's hierarchy- which relates to the overall story as well. Well written, clean enough for my ten-year old and engaging enough for this thirty-something Mom as well.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    My first impression of this book was a bit of amazement this book is recommended as for ages 9-12 but I loved it! Two girls, close in age are brought together by marriage, into a new family they are not familiar with. The book is written back and forth from their points of view. Diana is impulsive and a bit out of control, while Stephanie follows all the rules and is timid and fearful of the thing Diana loves the most, horses. The girls bond together with a night out in the woods with the wolves My first impression of this book was a bit of amazement this book is recommended as for ages 9-12 but I loved it! Two girls, close in age are brought together by marriage, into a new family they are not familiar with. The book is written back and forth from their points of view. Diana is impulsive and a bit out of control, while Stephanie follows all the rules and is timid and fearful of the thing Diana loves the most, horses. The girls bond together with a night out in the woods with the wolves, but they aren't really thinking when the set out to free the wolves about what the consequences might be. They learn quickly that they have disappointed many people and created a dangerous situation. Together the family must come together to right what they can of the wrongs. The girls gain in this process some real education and an understanding of one another. This is a seriously cute book about blending families!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    This gave me lots to think about and I like the way it did it. The feelings of both 8th grade girls are presented every other chapter, so you see one event through one girl's eyes, then the next chapter is the other giving you her reaction to the previous event, or in typical teenage fashion a new subject, new thing happening, or new thing to stress about! I have a daughter turning 13 this year, I think this will be a wonderful book for her to read, it has animals and step-mom/dad issues. Both o This gave me lots to think about and I like the way it did it. The feelings of both 8th grade girls are presented every other chapter, so you see one event through one girl's eyes, then the next chapter is the other giving you her reaction to the previous event, or in typical teenage fashion a new subject, new thing happening, or new thing to stress about! I have a daughter turning 13 this year, I think this will be a wonderful book for her to read, it has animals and step-mom/dad issues. Both of which she and a million 13 year old girls have dealt with. The book was really well written for her age group without being so simple that it is painful for an adult to read. I totally fell in love with both girls and found their differing opinions fun to read. *I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    This is a great book for middle school age. (I'd probably classify it as the juvenile section in the library) I really enjoyed reading it-finished it in a couple of hours. It's focused around 2 eighth grade newly step sisters going on family vacation with their parents. The girls have very different personalities and its a learning experience for the whole family adjusting the new family situation and relating to each other-trying to find their niche in this new family, as well as their place in This is a great book for middle school age. (I'd probably classify it as the juvenile section in the library) I really enjoyed reading it-finished it in a couple of hours. It's focused around 2 eighth grade newly step sisters going on family vacation with their parents. The girls have very different personalities and its a learning experience for the whole family adjusting the new family situation and relating to each other-trying to find their niche in this new family, as well as their place in the family situation that they have with the other parent. It reflects what many children are going through in todays' culture with multiple families/step parents, step families, especially at an age when they are going through so many changes themselves and trying to find their niche in school/society etc. I highly recommend this book!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Summer of the Wolves tells the story of two step-sisters brought together to achieve a common goal. This was a fast, easy read with good character development and pacing. It was also exceptionally researched -- I loved all the information about wolves and Cherokee lifestyle and history. And I really loved the setting, which was described wonderfully. If I were rating this book solely for young adult readers, I would give it four stars, but reading as an adult, I found it just lacked a little some Summer of the Wolves tells the story of two step-sisters brought together to achieve a common goal. This was a fast, easy read with good character development and pacing. It was also exceptionally researched -- I loved all the information about wolves and Cherokee lifestyle and history. And I really loved the setting, which was described wonderfully. If I were rating this book solely for young adult readers, I would give it four stars, but reading as an adult, I found it just lacked a little something that would really grab me and make me want to continue reading this series. Still, it's a quality book from a very good author, so if you like this type of book, I'd suggest giving it a go -- and I will be recommending it to my thirteen-year-old niece.

  25. 4 out of 5

    AurorainBookland

    Four stars because I had to skip pages 212 to 217 I don't understand why children's authors write these parts when if this book were a movie it would be rated PG 13 because of those scenes, or pages since its a book. Spoiler warning if you don't want to know what happens don't read the next sentences parents who are reading this to see if this book is appropriate for your child or teens reading this review to see if you want to read this book please read the next sentence. If you have a daughter Four stars because I had to skip pages 212 to 217 I don't understand why children's authors write these parts when if this book were a movie it would be rated PG 13 because of those scenes, or pages since its a book. Spoiler warning if you don't want to know what happens don't read the next sentences parents who are reading this to see if this book is appropriate for your child or teens reading this review to see if you want to read this book please read the next sentence. If you have a daughter or you don't want to read graphic scenes all you need to do is skip these pages you're not missing anything important just a detailed scene about the surgery that saved Waya. Which did not need to be in there.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Pam Torres

    See the full review here: http://soimfifty.blogspot.com/2012/06... The best thing about this book are the characters. I've read books before that have alternating POV between characters and often you would have to check back to see who was talking. You won't have this problem because Diane and Stephanie are well defined with unique voices. I also really liked the Native American culture slipped in throughout. The friendship that forms between the sisters is authentic and multifaceted just like th See the full review here: http://soimfifty.blogspot.com/2012/06... The best thing about this book are the characters. I've read books before that have alternating POV between characters and often you would have to check back to see who was talking. You won't have this problem because Diane and Stephanie are well defined with unique voices. I also really liked the Native American culture slipped in throughout. The friendship that forms between the sisters is authentic and multifaceted just like the settings. This would be a great summer read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I entered (and won) the goodreads giveway because of the wolves. Even though that was only a small part of the book, I really enjoyed it overall. It was a great story about two very different girls coming together against the odds. The story was told in alternating perspectives of Stephanie and Diana. In some books it can become confusing or make it harder to connect with characters but it worked perfectly in this book. I would not hesitate to give this book to anyone working through the struggl I entered (and won) the goodreads giveway because of the wolves. Even though that was only a small part of the book, I really enjoyed it overall. It was a great story about two very different girls coming together against the odds. The story was told in alternating perspectives of Stephanie and Diana. In some books it can become confusing or make it harder to connect with characters but it worked perfectly in this book. I would not hesitate to give this book to anyone working through the struggles of blending a family together.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Angelina Justice

    This is a quick feel-good read. The story is full of lessons about perspective and growth. Delightfully, there are also learning moments for the adults. The closeness that evolves between characters happens in a realistic way and the voices of the two girls are authentic. I love that there is a theme of balance in all things throughout this story. This book is well suited for 4th through 6th grades.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Trott

    *I received this book for free from Good Reads First Reads* This book was good for what it was which is a kids novel. It demonstrated how to correct a problem or mistake you have done and that family bonds and love prevails through all. All and all if I were still a twelve year old I would have really enjoyed this book because I have a sister as well. There is nothing like being a kid and exploring the outdoors with the added bonus of riding horses and meeting some hybrid wolves.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    Summer of the Wolves was a very good book about the blending of 2 families. I enjoyed reading how the 2 teenage girls battled it out in their new relationships as "sisters". It had a few good lessons to be learned as well. I have given it to my granddaughter to read and I think she will really like it as well. Thank you Lisa Kline for the good read and thank you Goodreads for the free book!! Summer of the Wolves was a very good book about the blending of 2 families. I enjoyed reading how the 2 teenage girls battled it out in their new relationships as "sisters". It had a few good lessons to be learned as well. I have given it to my granddaughter to read and I think she will really like it as well. Thank you Lisa Kline for the good read and thank you Goodreads for the free book!!

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