This is not a werewolf story.

This Is Not A Werewolf Story

A fresh, heartwarming, and fascinating debut that two-time Newberry 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 jerk of a gym teacher.

Like every other kid in the world, he longs for Fridays, but not for the usual reasons. 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 phenomenon that allows him to go home, too.

But the woods have secrets . . . and so does Raul. When a new kid arrives at school, they may not stay secret for long.

Reviews

From School Library Journal:

Heartfelt, enigmatic, and ethereal, Evans’s excellent debut novel takes readers on a roller coaster of emotion and keeps them guessing the whole way through. Based in part on the 12th-century French work Bisclavret, this is a modern story with a fairy-tale atmosphere.
VERDICT:
Fans of mystery and fantasy will enjoy this unique yet familiar selection.

A Booklist starred review:

A cut above.

Publisher’s Weekly:

Mystery and suspense abound in Evans's debut novel, which draws inspiration and depth from Pacific Northwest folklore. Raul is an insightful, introspective youth, and Evans weaves a compelling story from his point of view, bolstered by a strong supporting cast.

Two-time Newberry Honor-winning Gary Schmidt wrote:

This is a novel about commitments, and about mystery, and about our deepest identities--which is to say, this is a novel about love. In trying to discover who he is--a boy, a wolf, a kid in love, a kid betrayed, a newcomer to a community marked by magical transformation, a hero who errs--Raul finds that the greatest discoveries are those of the heart, human and otherwise. It is a journey that every reader needs to go on, and how splendid to find a book that gives such companions to walk with along the way.

From Stuart Gibbs (best-selling author of the Spy School series and the Fun Jungle series):

This Is Not a Werewolf Story is true to its name. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before: an intelligent, imaginative, and moving tale, steeped in teenage angst and Native American mythology, full of clever twists and surprises.
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About Sandra

Sandra Evans is a writer and teacher from the Pacific Northwest. Her forthcoming middle grade novel, This is Not a Werewolf Story (Simon & Schuster July 2016), was inspired by her favorite 12th century French tale, Bisclavret, by Marie de France. Born in Washington state, Sandra spent her childhood on U.S. Navy bases from Florida to Hawaii, and returned to the Northwest as a teenager. Since then, she has lived and traveled in France and Europe, but has never strayed far for long from the Puget Sound region.

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How to get your novel published

May 17, 2018

If you were wondering how I found an agent and a publisher for my novel, or want to know why I called it This is Not a Werewolf Story, or how my son made it impossible for me to give up, then here’s a short interview with the website that helped me organize the process. The story of how my novel found a home with Simon & Schuster’s Atheneum Books for Young Readers can be found at querytracker.net.

If you were wondering how I found an agent and a publisher for my novel, or want to know why I called it This is Not a Werewolf Story, or how my son made it impossible for me to give up, then here’s a short interview with the website that helped me organize the process. The story of how my novel found a home with Simon & Schuster’s Atheneum Books for Young Readers can be found at querytracker.net.

#TomeCon18 skype

March 13, 2018

 

This is me before the skyperview. I was trying to figure out where the camera was so I didn’t end up talking to my own little picture in the corner for half an hour.

Here are a few questions the students at #TomeCon18 asked me.  Since I pretty much talked everyone’s ear off already, I’m limiting myself to one word answers (you know, more or less).

A big thank you to the inspiring and thought-provoking students who showed up to spend time with me!

(psst : I am using Georgia font in their honor)

What is your least favorite character in This is Not a Werewolf Story? Vincent.

What is your favorite under-appreciated novel? Hmm. Still chewing on that one....

 

This is me before the skyperview. I was trying to figure out where the camera was so I didn’t end up talking to my own little picture in the corner for half an hour.

Here are a few questions the students at #TomeCon18 asked me.  Since I pretty much talked everyone’s ear off already, I’m limiting myself to one word answers (you know, more or less).

A big thank you to the inspiring and thought-provoking students who showed up to spend time with me!

(psst : I am using Georgia font in their honor)

What is your least favorite character in This is Not a Werewolf Story? Vincent.

What is your favorite under-appreciated novel? Hmm. Still chewing on that one....

#TomeCon18 skype

March 13, 2018

 

This is me before the skyperview. I was trying to figure out where the camera was so I didn’t end up talking to my own little picture in the corner for half an hour.

Here are a few questions the students at #TomeCon18 asked me.  Since I pretty much talked everyone’s ear off already, I’m limiting myself to one word answers (you know, more or less).

A big thank you to the inspiring and thought-provoking students who showed up to spend time with me!

(psst : I am using Georgia font in their honor)

What is your least favorite character in This is Not a Werewolf Story? Vincent.

What is your favorite under-appreciated novel? Hmm. Still chewing on that one....

 

This is me before the skyperview. I was trying to figure out where the camera was so I didn’t end up talking to my own little picture in the corner for half an hour.

Here are a few questions the students at #TomeCon18 asked me.  Since I pretty much talked everyone’s ear off already, I’m limiting myself to one word answers (you know, more or less).

A big thank you to the inspiring and thought-provoking students who showed up to spend time with me!

(psst : I am using Georgia font in their honor)

What is your least favorite character in This is Not a Werewolf Story? Vincent.

What is your favorite under-appreciated novel? Hmm. Still chewing on that one....

Raul by a young friend

March 11, 2018

Best part of my job? Other than talking to kids on classroom visits or via Skype, it has to be seeing their artwork. 

Best part of my job? Other than talking to kids on classroom visits or via Skype, it has to be seeing their artwork.