Paperback edition: full colour illustrations
A bad summer, and the crops didn’t grow. Now winter is coming. Everyone is hungry.
People search for nettles and acorns. Elka and her little brother Daw huddle under their blankets, trying to keep warm.
Elka, too hungry to sleep, hears her parents whispering in the dark. “I don’t want to watch them starve. Take them into the wood and leave them. Take them far in, so they won’t find their way back, and leave them.”
The next day their father takes them into the wood, to look for mushrooms. Daw goes along innocently, holding his father’s hand. Elka goes because she doesn’t want Daw to be alone.
The light fades. Their father moves away into the darkness among the trees. He doesn’t come back. And then the wolves come… Where do these lost children belong – in the village with the people who left them to starve? Or, in the wood, with the wolves?
A bewitching tale of two abandoned children who join a pack of wolves by drinking from their footprints.
An enthralling story for younger readers, from double award winning author, Susan Price.
'No one writes this kind of dark tale better than Price ...' (Books For Keeps)
Note: This is the edition with full colour illustrations.