by Amber McBride
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Pub Date 03 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 03 Oct 2023
Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, Feiwel & Friends
Award-winning author Amber McBride lays bare the fears of being young and Black in America, in this middle-grade novel that has been compared to the work of Jordan Peele and praised as "brilliantly inventive storytelling" by Publishers Weekly.
In the future, a Black girl known only as Inmate Eleven is kept confined -- to be used as a biological match for the president's son, should he fall ill. She is called a Blue -- the color of sadness. She lives in a small-small room with her dog, who is going wolf more often – he’s pacing and imagining he’s free. Inmate Eleven wants to go wolf too—she wants to know why she feels so Blue and what is beyond her small-small room.
In the present, Imogen lives outside of Washington DC. The pandemic has distanced her from everyone but her mother and her therapist. Imogen has intense phobias and nightmares of confinement. Her two older brothers used to help her, but now she’s on her own, until a college student helps her see the difference between being Blue and sad, and Black and empowered.
In this symphony of a novel, award-winning author Amber McBride lays bare the fears of being young and Black in America, and empowers readers to remember their voices and stories are important, especially when they feel the need to go wolf.
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Having read all of McBride's books published so far, this author's talents know no bounds. From Moth to Whimsy and now Imogen- readers FEEL the characters and their situations. Gone Wolf is exceptional in bridging metaphors of a fictional example of oppression to meet and cross over into real events. Inmate Eleven's character is delightfully childlike while also smart and introspective, and readers will see big changes as Imogen builds new relationships and addresses pain from the past. This book is a serious contender for Newbery and CSK awards, and I hope it gets the attention it deserves. I can't wait to read what this author writes next!