Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Boy, The Wolf and The Stars by Shivaun Plozza. This tour is being hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. To see the Tour Schedule.
The Boy, the Wolf and the Stars by Shivaun Plozza
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Publishing Date: November, 17, 2020
A boy and his pet fox go on a quest to find a wolf who has eaten all the stars in the sky before the
Shadow Witch destroys the stars and removes good magic from the world forever.
Long ago, the land of Ulv was filled with magic. But that was before a wolf ate all the Stars in the
night sky, ridding the world of magic and allowing Shadow Creatures, beasts made of shadow and evil, to flourish. Twelve-year-old Bo knows the stories but thinks the Stars and the wolf who ate them are nothing more than myths—until the day Bo’s guardian, Mads, is attacked by a giant wolf straight from the legends. With his dying breath, Mads tells Bo that Ulv is in danger and the only way to prevent the Shadow Creatures from taking over is to return the Stars to the sky.
And so Bo—accompanied by his best friend, a fox called Nix, a girl named Selene who’s magic is tied
to the return of the Stars, and Tam, a bird-woman who has vowed to protect Bo at all costs—sets off
on a quest to find the three magical keys that will release the Stars. But Bo isn’t the only one who
wants the Stars, and the friends soon find themselves fleeing angry villagers, greedy merchants, and a vengeful wolf. And all the while, an evil witch lurks in the shadows and time is running out.
The Boy, the Wolf and the Stars by Shivaun Plozza. ★★★.5
“Their hate isn’t my responsibility.”
I knew that as soon as I read the synopsis of The Boy, The Wolf, and The Stars, I had to get my hands on a copy. I was thrilled to be chosen for the blog tour by TBR and Beyond Tours. This book did not disappoint, it was filled with adventure, magic and friendship. The cover really drew me in but the story was just as wonderful.
Our hero of this story is a 12 year old boy named Bo and along with his companion Nix, his pet fox they set out to fix a wrong he has done. When Bo forgets to spread dust around an old tree, it leads to the death of his caretaker Mads. Now an evil curse has awoken and magic is spreading through the land, while a wolf hunts him down. Bo must find the stars which were stolen long ago and return them to the sky.
In between the chapters there is a page or two detailing the myth relating to the story. I found that to added to Bo’s story and I really enjoyed learning the history. The author does an amazing job at world-building, as we explore alongside of Bo and his friends. Everything about this story was sumptuous magical. I really loved Nix, and wished that I too could have a pet fox, there bond was one of my favourite things about this story.
“Forgiveness is a tricky thing. It is a wonderful gift, to forgive or to be forgiven. But it must be earned and it cannot be forced.”
This book is classed as middle grade but I believe it would be enjoyed by readers of all ages. It centers around themes of friendship, chosen family and learning to trust in yourself.
I definitely recommend this book!
About the Author:
Shivaun Plozza is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults. Her debut
novel, Frankie, was a CBCA Notable Book and won a number of awards, including the Davitt Awards and a commendation from the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. Her second novel, Tin Heart, sold in three foreign territories, received two starred reviews, and was nominated to ALA’S Best Fiction for Young Adults list. Her debut middle-grade novel, The Boy, the Wolf, and the Stars, is forthcoming in 2020 from HMH Books for Young Readers and Penguin Random House Australia. She is a frequent contributor to anthologies, and when she is not writing she works as an editor and manuscript assessor.