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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Gidjie and the Wolves is a work of fantasy fiction for middle grade aged children by author Tashia Marie Hart. Written as book one of The Intermediaries series, this enchanting chapter book demonstrates an authentic own voice author and takes children on a fascinating cultural adventure. The titular character Gidjie is an Anishinaabe girl who introduces her reading audience to her Native American roots, along with her charming animal friends and her family members. But when her wolf aunt goes missing, so begins an engrossing adventure to find out where she has gone, and make some new friends along the way.
Author Tashia Marie Hart captures a slice of life like no other in this enchanting work of magical realism, fantasy and socio-cultural fiction. The development put into Gidjie as a central character lends much authenticity to the tale from the off, and I especially enjoyed the definition of her voice as our guiding figure through her presentation and dialogue. The animal concepts and spiritual beliefs are explained in a fascinating and engaging way, developing a fantasy atmosphere that is sure to make readers always wonder what will happen next. Structurally speaking, the chapter book format works really well for middle grade readers at the lower end of the age range to access easily, but the content is complex and interesting enough for all ages to really enjoy. I could easily see this becoming a book that families explore together, and overall I would highly recommend Gidjie and the Wolves to anyone seeking a fascinating adventure.