Artie and the Wolf Moon by: Olivia Stephens

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC

So, this is a short graphic novel for young tweens/teens about a young Black girl who discovers she comes from a family of werewolves.

And for what it is? I give it five (5) stars.

Artie loves photography, it’s how she feels connected to her late father. And one day, she asks her mom, a park ranger, if she can go out late to photograph the full moon. Her mother says no and of course, Artie doesn’t listen.

She finds a good spot and when she hears snapping wood and sees a wolf, she freaks and rushes back home only to see the wolf turn into her mother. And after beginning, learns the truth of her family.

This story got me right in the heart. She doesn’t have a father and when she learns about what she is, her mother takes her to meet some friends of hers who are also werewolves. To teach her and to help her get a hold of her new abilities.

It’s here that she meets Maya. And their crush is the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen.

This is another one where I saw a little Black girl in a bonnet (and her mom) and it choked me up. Seeing that made me grin.

Now, when there are werewolves, there are vampires and I really liked the spin on vampires this story had. It was something I hadn’t seen before.

There’s also a subplot in the book that sort of deals with bullying. I say sort of because it shows us one of Artie’s weaknesses. she can’t really stand up for herself. She gets bullied at the beginning of the story and instead of standing up for herself, she sort of antagonizes the bullies back in a fun way.

At the end of the story, she’s come into her own with her abilities and terrifies the bullies.

I choked up some at the end of the story. This girl and her mother went from being a small family unit of just two, to having a huge family around them. People who understood them and loved them and it was so heartwarming to see so many Black people portrayed that way.

Loving, warm, good mothers and fathers. I almost cried seeing it because it’s such a drastic change and a welcome one.

I loved it and the art.

Author:

Author. Reader. Reviewer. Interested in Sci-fi, Fantasy, and everything in between. Ya, and Adult. Looking for representaion where it matters! BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, everything! We all deserve stories!

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