Un lobo dentro

Nube de Tinta. Jun. 2023. 304p. pap. $17.95. ISBN 9788418050381. SP.
Gr 7 Up–A realistic novel that delves into bullying and finding strength through adversity with nuance. Different and misunderstood, Eric buries himself in comic books as an escape from students that make fun of him. He contends with an inner rage as others torment him. This leads to failing grades and hopping from school to school, each time trying to avoid more bullying. As the novel progresses, Eric gives in to his anger and begins to bully others to fit in. With lyrical language and even plotting, Mañas tackles the issue of bullying through the extended metaphor of the wolf, waiting to attack. Layered characterization and insightful prose will ensure that readers will relate to and root for Eric, hoping that he will accept himself and realize that others’ opinions are not as important as self-acceptance. Resolved without being simplistic or trite, this coming-of-age novel is perfect for middle schoolers working through identity issues and peer conflicts.
VERDICT A wholly original Spanish-language novel for young people.

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