Wolf, Iron, and Blood: An Alternate History YA Duology from Ryan Graudin
What if Hitler won World War II? What if he continued massacring Jews, Romani, homosexuals, and anyone else who didn’t fit the National Socialists’ Aryan standards? What if the Nazis were swiftly taking over the world, laying waste to humanity? And what if there was a Jewish skninshifting girl who could risk everything to assassinate the Fuhrer and bring an end to the atrocities? Yael Reider, a six year old prisoner in one of Hitler’s concentration camps, is such a girl.
Wolf by Wolf follows her harrowing escape from a death camp and journey to join the resistance. There Yael trains to do the impossible: take the place of a famous German girl, enter a cross continental motorcycle race, win, attend the victor’s ball, and eventually kill Hitler. Graudin tells a gripping and thought-provoking tale which will grab readers from the very first page, and keep them on the edge of their seats until the last.
In Blood for Blood (out in November 2016), the thrilling sequel to Wolf by Wolf, Yael is still fighting for her chance to execute the Fuhrer. Since she shot and killed his doppelgänger at the Axis Tour Victory Ball, Yael is faced with countless challenges and obstacles. Whom can she trust? How far will she go to save the world and those she loves?
Graudin’s sequel to Wolf by Wolf is masterfully written and utterly enjoyable. It is fast-paced and nail-bitingly good. For any fan of alternate histories, historical fiction, or magical realism, both Wolf by Wolf and Blood for Blood are must-reads and should be present in any high school library.
BONUS! While you wait for Blood for Blood, Ryan Graudin also published a digital novella! Iron to Iron serves as a prequel to Wolf by Wolf, and can be read at any point during the duology. This would be a great opportunity to check out eBook Central via NYPL's new SimplyE app and download the book for free!
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