Bulldog Library

The Feral Child

on October 9, 2014

JF Golden    •    Horror/Fantasy

Feral Child

Maddy has been sent to live with her grandparents in Ireland.  Angry and willful, Maddy defies her Granda’s entreaty not to sneak onto the Blarney Castle grounds. A decision she will soon regret.

The cover art of The Feral Child leads readers to believe that this is a horror story, and indeed the first 100 pages read like a horror story.  The terrifying figure on the cover stalks and torments Maddy.  But then, the story change with little warning into a fantasy adventure.  With this change in both story and setting, Maddy changes too.  Readers begin to see the vulnerabilities that she has been hiding behind her gruff attitude and defiant behavior.

The Feral Child is an interesting story that centers around Irish lore.  Readers who enjoy fairy stories and folk lore will likely find it enjoyable.

Interest Level: grades 4-8

Golden, C. (2014). The Feral Child. New York, NY: Quercus.

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