- Tapa blanda: 98 páginas
- Editor: Createspace Independent Pub; Edición: 1 (14 de marzo de 2013)
- Colección: The Plainfield Chronicles
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1482698110
- ISBN-13: 978-1482698114
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Scar and the Wolf: Volume 1 (The Plainfield Chronicles) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 14 mar 2013
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Scarlet Bone is a zombie girl with one big problem.
It’s not that she’s missing a nose (zombie parts go missing all the time). It’s not that she’s turning 13 today and her parents just gave her a massive chore to do. It’s not even the stray arm she found in the street -- the one that’s giving her so much trouble. No, Scarlet’s problem is that she’s about to end up on the wrong side of a wolf: the inside.
Welcome to the strange, yet strangely familiar world of the Plainfield Chronicles. In The Plainfield Chronicles: Scar and the Wolf, the series’ debut novel, you’ll find a story you recognize, but one you've never read before.
A girl's parents tell her she needs to take a special package to Grandmother's house, deep in the woods. She puts on her red riding hood and sets out, alone. She encounters a wolf, and reveals to him what she's doing and where she's headed. She gets distracted on her journey and arrives late to Grandma's. Too late. Grandma? Is that you? Something seems amiss.
What big ears you have.
What big eyes you have.
What big teeth you have.
Scar and the Wolf is the Little Red Riding Hood for our time — one with zombies, music, and lost body parts just trying to find their way home.
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Now, while that's a very interesting premise, it still takes a special talent and a light touch to pull it off. And this author has it. She sells the premise with a deadpan and sly, rather than frantic, approach. None of the jokes are poke you in the ribs yucks. The humor is much more restrained and sneaky. I like the scene where Scarlet's parents treat her to "brain waffles" as her 13th birthday breakfast. If you think zombie girl, brain waffles, Walton style family Hallmark moment, and some teen angst all go together, then this is a book you will like. If I lost you at "her nose fell off", then you probably won't like it so much.
I'm a big fan of resourceful, sensible, dependable tween girl heroines, and especially ones who develop arcane or magical abilities or who find out "who they really are" or who open secret doorways, on their twelfth or thirteenth birthdays. So much the better if they're deadpan and unimpressed, (think Wednesday Addams or Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching from Discworld), by the stories they find themselves in. Well, this book is in that style. And, because it seems to be written for a slightly younger and less experienced reader than some of those other books, it probably makes a very good early read.
So, worth a try for sure. Please note that I found this book while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. I have no connection at all to the author or the publisher of this book.
What I really liked about Scar and the Wolf were all disgusting and funny details of zombie world. Scar sleeps in a grave with worms, and her family eat bugs and brains. Scar also lost her nose, because it just tends to fall off, you know, when you’re rotting. But she’s not the only one, there are many various body parts in Plainfield roaming the streets, looking for their owners. These details were so well-thought and they created a really rich zombie world.
I also loved the ending, it was so sweet. Scar really grows as a character towards the end, when she realizes it’s not all about material things, but that important things in life end with -ing, like dancing, singing, or just being around the people you love.
Scar and the Wolf is a true gem of a story - a short read, but really meaningful. It could be appreciated by both kids and adults. It reminded me of Coraline by Neil Gaiman, only with more gross details. It was a perfect Halloween read for me. Also, it’s free for Kindle on Amazon!
But I was pleasantly surprised that that the story structure was exactly what it should be (classic Red Riding Hood). The creativity was around the setting, characters and interaction. Similar to the Disney/Pixar formula since "The Little Mermaid". There were also a lot of in jokes for older readers (such as a cameo of "Carl" from "The Breakfast Club").
There is a fair mix of Seuss style rhyming with prose and poetry that changes the tempo of the reading and apt times.
All in all a fun read and will definitely be introducing my children to the world of Plainfield in the near future! Eagerly awaiting the next book!