Hear the Wolves
Author: Victoria Scott
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
It’s survival of the strongest in a contemporary, girl-versus-wild middle-grade debut from Fire & Flood author Victoria Scott!
Sloan is a hunter.
So she shouldn’t be afraid of anything. But ever since her mom left the family and she lost hearing in one ear in a blizzard, it’s been hard to talk to people, and near-impossible to go anywhere or do anything without her dad or big sister within eyesight — it makes her too scared to be on her own.
When they leave her home alone for what should only be two nights, she’s already panicked. Then the snow starts falling and doesn’t stop. One of her neighbors is hurt in an accident. And the few people still left in Rusic need to make it to the river and the boat that’s tied there — their only way to get to a doctor from their isolated Alaska town.
But the woods are icy cold, and the wolves are hungry. Sloan and her group are running out of food, out of energy, and out of time. That’s when the wolves start hunting them . . .
Hear the Wolves PlaylistDog Days Are Over - Florence + the Machine:
Hear the Wolves is an intense survival story, and I feel like this song fits the challenges the characters face.
House of Wolves - My Chemical Romance:
This song has WOLVES in the title, so immediate win. But also, the fast tempo and urgency fits the character’s frantic race through the woods.
Ain’t It Fun - Paramore:
Sloane was left behind by her father and sister in order to push her into independence. She is essentially “on her own in the real world.”
Some Nights - Fun:
Sometimes, it’s all about those lyrics! The words and mood of this song make me think of Hear the Wolves in a big way.
Boston - Augustana:
This song makes me think of Sloane and her internal struggles.
Weightless - All Time Low:
And this song makes me think of Pilot. It’s all in the lyrics!
Mama - My Chemical Romance:
This is an ode to the complicated relationship, or lack of one, that Sloan has with her mother.
Out of the Woods - Taylor Swift:
And lastly, with the prominent threat lasting throughout Hear the Wolves, this song fits the entire novel.
Victoria’s latest novel, Titans, received two starred reviews, and Fire & Flood has been selected as a 2017 Spirit of Texas Reading Program book. Victoria’s novels have been bought and translated in fourteen foreign markets. The author currently resides in Philadelphia, and loves hearing from her readers.