Anh Do, The Great Escape (Wolf Girl #2), Allen & Unwin, Dec 3, 2019, 224 pp., RRP $14.99 (pbk), ISBN 9781760876357
After four years of living in the wilderness with her animal pack, Gwen has developed sharp senses and quick reflexes. At the end of Wolf Girl 1, Gwen is abducted and is separated from her pack. She is now in the back of a van and uses her quick thinking to leave a trail of hair for her pack to follow. Eventually she is taken into a compound which is guarded by soldiers. Unwilling to cooperate with her captors she is thrown into a cell. She discovers that there are children here, mining rocks, and is befriended by a boy called Rupert who manages to share some of his food with her before he is discovered and also imprisoned. Gwen’s trusty pack have been following her scent and find a way to dig into the compound. With their help can she escape? Will she find her family?
This fast-paced post-apocalyptic adventure explores themes of resilience and courage. There are dangerous situations and heartwarming moments. Not so much a series as a story told in parts, the tale ends on a cliffhanger in preparation for Book 3. The short chapters, supportive illustrations and varied font make it an easy read for middle to upper primary.
Reviewed by Sharon Seymour