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Winter of the Wolf
BY Martha Hunt Handler

Greenleaf Book Group Press
July 7, 2020/ ISBN 978-1-62634-718-2

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Fifteen-year-old Bean Hanes is devastated. Her beloved brother, Sam, has hung himself, his body found in his bedroom. There is no rhyme nor reason why Sam, who was so joyfully full of life, would do such a thing.

Family, friends, and people in their community react differently. There is sorrow, confusion, denial, and withdrawal. As time passes, Bean decides to learn more about Sam’s Inuit belief, and along the way she learns more about herself and her family.

The front flap of the hardcover book says that it is “A Tragic Mystery Blending Sleuthing and Spirituality.” That is such a perfect description of this novel. I found it to be such an intriguing tale that my mind kept going, trying to decide what the truth of Sam’s story might be. When I’d laid down to sleep at night, I mulled over the plot points. I was on the right track, but I hadn’t quite got to where the story really goes.

I highly recommend Winter of the Wolf for ages teen and up. It offers a powerful exploration of growing up spiritually, emotionally, and physically, as well as showing how a family can evolve after such a tragic loss.

The book cover itself is intriguing. The wolf is staring meaningfully at you, and further inspection shows that the markings are actually words of wisdom. What a creative design!

I love that the proceeds of the book go to the Wolf Conservation Center (, where the author serves as Board President.

The back flap indicates that this is the author’s first novel but definitely not her last. I look forward to future books, and, in fact, I hope that this is the beginning of a series built around Bean’s family and life.

Bravo, Martha Hunt Handler for a book well-written!

Reviewed 2020