Red Hood
Red Hood
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Annotation: Contains Mature Material
Catalog Number: #203473
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Special Formats: Mature Content Mature Content
Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 353 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-06-274235-3
ISBN 13: 978-0-06-274235-3
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Publishers Weekly
There isn-t always a wolf... but there is always the threat of one.- Arnold artfully spins a dark, magic-tinged -Little Red Riding Hood- retelling in which a young woman discovers the power that is her birthright. Bisou Martel, 16, has lived with her grandmother, Mémé, since her mother-s brutal murder when Bisou was only four. Attacked in the forest by a vicious wolf after the homecoming dance-the night she first gets her period-Bisou must slay her pursuer or succumb to its murderous intent. The next day, a boy who behaved forcefully with Bisou at the dance is found naked in the woods, dead from the same wounds as the wolf that Bisou killed. When a classmate, Keisha, is attacked by another wolf, and another faces bullying by a likely incel, Bisou-s family-s past and her grandmother-s closely guarded secrets come to the fore. Arnold (Damsel) effectively employs a second-person narrative (-You were ready-lipstick on, hairpins in-) that evokes a sense of immediacy, blurring the gap between reader and character. Though Arnold never shies from discomfort, depictions of positive male-female relationships and sexual interactions-which clearly illustrate healthy, joyful, consensual experiences-
School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 10 Up Since Mémé took over guardianship from her Mama 12 years ago, Bisou Martel has lived a relatively normal life in Washington State. However, as new moon rises and junior year homecoming arrives, everything changes. Bisou finds herself running through the woods with a bloodthirsty wolf at her heels. The struggle that ensues ends with Bisou walking away victorious and full of questions. Her quest for answers unleashes truths about Mémé, Mama, and other women in her supposedly quiet town, leading Bisou to reclaim her tenacity while safeguarding those she holds dear. It's unsettling how seamlessly Arnold incorporates dark fantasy elements of beastly wolves and cunning hunters into her all-too-realistic tale. Broken into three parts, the narration moves between second- and first-person, with a sprinkle of poetry, all of which perfectly fleshes out Bisou, Mémé, and Mama's histories. This dynamic mix of narration beautifully enriches the mirrored hopes, fears, and overwhelming love that drives each woman. As Bisou draws closer to the women in her life, she begins to grasp the toxic culture that permeates her modern world, a lethal society where many have silently sacrificed a part of themselves because of fear, shame, or doubt. With an author's note at the start, be aware that a few scenes dive into intimate, often uncomfortable moments. VERDICT A fantastic novel in the Too era, empowering women to share their stories by reaching out, speaking up, and demanding a change. Emily Walker, Lisle Library District, IL
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Reading Level: 6.0
Interest Level: 9-12

Elana K. Arnold, author of the Printz Honor book Damsel , returns with a dark, engrossing, blood-drenched tale of the familiar threats to female power--and one girl's journey to regain it. You are alone in the woods, seen only by the unblinking yellow moon. Your hands are empty. You are nearly naked. And the wolf is angry. Since her grandmother became her caretaker when she was four years old, Bisou Martel has lived a quiet life in a little house in Seattle. She's kept mostly to herself. She's been good. But then comes the night of homecoming, when she finds herself running for her life over roots and between trees, a fury of claws and teeth behind her. A wolf attacks. Bisou fights back. A new moon rises. And with it, questions. About the blood in Bisou's past, and on her hands as she stumbles home. About broken boys and vicious wolves. About girls lost in the woods--frightened, but not alone.

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