Artie and the Wolf Moon by Olivia Stephens is such a fun graphic novel with crossover middle grade and young adult appeal. It has its share of horror, but at its heart is a book about finding yourself.

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The summary, from Amazon:

After sneaking out against her mother’s wishes, Artie Irvin spots a massive wolf―then watches it don a bathrobe and transform into her mom. Thrilled to discover she comes from a line of werewolves, Artie asks her mom to share everything―including the story of Artie’s late father. Her mom reluctantly agrees. And to help Artie figure out her own wolflike abilities, her mom recruits some old family friends.

Artie thrives in her new community and even develops a crush on her new friend Maya. But as she learns the history of werewolves and her own parents’ past, she’ll find that wolves aren’t the scariest thing in the woods―vampires are.

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13-year-old Artie finds out that her mom is a werewolf. She feels lied to, and her mom reveals that Artie might be a werewolf too, but she hasn’t shown signs yet. (Artie’s father was human.) When Artie transforms after feeling rage towards her racist bullies, her mother reconnects with some old family friends to help teach Artie about being a werewolf. However, vampires threaten the safety of the werewolves. Artie finds out that they were also the cause of her father’s death.
The werewolf origin story in this one is so unique, as is the vampire story. While this is yet another book about vampires versus werewolves, it’s done in such a refreshing way. I loved Artie’s romance with her crush Maya. And I also appreciated the representation of microaggressions and alienation from fake friends (though I wish that had been delved into more). The adults in this book really shined for me. They are so strong and emotionally vulnerable. Overall, Artie and the Wolf Moon is a 5 star graphic novel, in my opinion. It has adventure, good art, romance, horror, and memorable characters. Everything that makes a book great!

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Artie and the Wolf MoonArtie and the Wolf Moon by Olivia Stephens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

LOVE this graphic novel for YA and MG. Does werewolves and vampires in such a refreshing way. The adult characters really shine for their strength and emotional vulnerability.

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Book Club Questions

  1. How does Cat alienate Artie from her mother and other friends?
  2. How do the adults in this book show emotional vulnerability?
  3. How is Artie similar to her father? How is she similar to her mother?

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