The Devouring Wolf (Hardcover)

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"A perfect read for every kid and every kid at heart who's ever felt like they weren't enough. This story of family in all its many forms is as deliciously fun to read as it is deeply relevant."  —Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Sweet Pea

A queer tale about kid werewolves, big bad mistakes, and terrifying creatures, perfect for fans of Katherine Arden and R.L. Stine.

Little wolf, little wolf, here I come.
It's the eve of the first full moon of summer and twelve-year-old Riley Callahan is ready to turn into a wolf. Nothing can ruin her mood: not her little brother Milo’s teasing, not Mama N’s smoth-ering, and not even Mama C’s absence from their pack’s ceremony. But then the unthink-able happens—something that violates every rule of wolf magic—Riley and four other kids don’t shift.

Riley is left with questions that even the pack leaders don’t have answers to. And to make matters far worse, it appears something was awoken in the woods that same night. 

The Devouring Wolf.

The elders tell the tale of the Devouring Wolf to scare young pups into obedience. It’s a terrifying campfire story for fledging wolves, an old legend of a giant creature who consumes the magic inside young werewolves. But to Riley, the Devouring Wolf is more than lore: it’s real and it’s after her and her friends.

About the Author

Natalie C. Parker is the author and editor of several books for young adults, among them the acclaimed Seafire trilogy. Her work has been included on the NPR Best Books list, the Indie Next List, the TAYSHAS Reading List, and Junior Library Guild selections. Natalie grew up in a Navy family, finding home in coastal cities from Virginia to Japan. Now she lives with her wife on the Kansas prairie. Find her at

Praise For…

An Amazon Best Book of the Month!

“Every reader will be desperate to find their pack after sinking their teeth into Natalie C. Parker’s The Devouring Wolf. Brimming with unique magic and an abundance of heart, this enchanting tale is not to be missed. A classic in the making.” Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Marvellers

"From first page to last, The Devouring Wolf shines with friendship and found family, humor and heart, laughter and love. I've been waiting all my life for an adventure like this!" —Adib Khorram, Award-winning author of Darius the Great Is Not Okay

"An easily devoured, chilling, and suspenseful adventure." Kirkus Reviews

"This book utterly devoured me. It’s exactly the kind of story I needed when I was younger. Riley’s tale of longing, acceptance, and community is thrilling, mysterious, and just as much heartbreaking as it is healing. Don’t miss this!" —Mark Oshiro, author of The Insiders

"A compulsively-readable, big-hearted story that assures us that there is a path to surviving when the monsters come—find your magic, build your pack, and embrace your inner wolf." Anne Ursu, author of The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy

"A fast-paced, action-packed fantasy with memorable characters who conjure up their strongest magic and greatest power only when they work together." —Laura Ruby, Two-Time National Book Award Finalist and author of the YORK trilogy

"A perfect read for every kid and every kid at heart who's ever felt like they weren't enough. This story of family in all its many forms is as deliciously fun to read as it is deeply relevant." Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Sweet Pea

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593203958
ISBN-10: 059320395X
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2022
Pages: 288
Language: English