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  • Published: New York : Dial Press, c2012.
  • Year Published: 2012
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 360 p. ; 25 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 0679644199


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Tell the wolves I'm home

by Brunt, Carol Rifka.

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Call number: Fiction / Brunt, Carol Rifka

Available Copies: Downtown 2nd Floor, Malletts Adult

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It is 1987, and only one person has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus -- her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn's company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June's world is turned upside down. But Finn's death brings a surprise acquaintance into June's life -- someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.

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Great Read

I loved this book. I don't usually read stories that are just fiction/family dynamics genre, but this book
was so so good. Excellent plot with well written characters.

Honest and New Coming of Age Story

I loved this book. I loved the POV of the main character. I loved that it felt like a new story, not something I've read a million times before. It deals with a lot--AIDS, families, grief, growing up, sibling relationships. But it does it within a context that feels normal and immediate. The vulnerability of the main character was extremely well done. I do wish I felt more connected to Finn, the man who dies, but that was my only setback.

Honest and Raw

"Tell The Wolves I'm Home," is such an honest and awkward combination of human relationships. Its quick snappy chapters and good flow, make this a wonderful book for teens and adults. I had a difficult time putting this book down.

family secrets

The decisions we make have far reaching implications and the judgements that lead to those decisions alter the course for all involved. This is a heart wrenching story about family, and the life of a 14 year old girl who loses a close family member and the deceptions that unravel.


This book is a wonderful story about a family and dealing with AIDS and death. June has to learn to forgive and open her heart again. I think we can all relate to the story even though the main character is 14 and it's placed in the 1980s. Carol Rifka Brunt is a beautiful writer and I enjoyed this novel very much.

You'll probably cry

"Tell the Wolves I'm Home" is a wonderfully raw and well-crafted portrait of grief, family, and dealing with the terrible specter of AIDS and all the stigmas associated with it. Brunt respects her readers enough not to make everything in her narrative explicit, and the tension among the members of the Elbus family becomes almost palpable as a result. It isn't, however, melodramatic; despite all the sadness and antagonism present in the novel, it never feels like Brunt is inserting drama with no eye towards the integrity of her characters or her story. Very highly recommended.

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