Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater


Author: Maggie Stiefvater

ISBN: 978-0-545-12327-3

Publication Date: 2009

Genre: Fantasy

Reading Level/Interest Age: 15 and up

Plot: Grace had a near death experience when she was attacked by a pack of wolves in the forest, but she was saved by a single brave wolf. Now that years have passed, she watches from a far into her backyard a yellow-eyed wolf who she feels a connection with. This wolf is Sam, who is a wolf during the cold winter months and then is human during the warmer seasons. When he is human, he meets Grace and they both stir up an interest in each other and fall in love. As the cold seasons approach, it is hard for Sam to stay human and as each year goes by, it gets harder and harder to turn back.

Critical Evaluation: Stiefvater’s does an excellent job at portraying teens under pressure to try and find solutions to problems. The solutions to these problems are not found in textbooks and it is fascinating to see the thought process that the young teens go through in order to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Having both Sam and Grace being the narrator in this book is done well and a great way to tell the story. Not many young adult books are written this way and this particular story is perfect for that type of format.

Reader’s Annotation: Grace has a deep meaningful connection with a wolf and Sam, the wolf, is in love with Grace. They don’t know it yet, but their relationship will be taken to a whole new level.

Author: Retrieved from author’s official website

“After a tumultuous past as a history major, calligraphy instructor, wedding musician, technical editor and equestrian artist, I’m not a full-time writer living in the middle of nowhere, Virginia, with my charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, four neurotic dogs who fart recreationally and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

I’m also an award-winning colored pencil artist, play several musical instruments (most infamously, the bagpipes), and an ex-Navy brat. I recently acquired a race care.”

Curriculum Ties: N/A

Booktalking Ideas:

  • Do you happen to have a love for animals? If so, which ones do you think you are more likely to have a special bond with?

Challenging Issues:

  • Sexual content

Defensive Maneuvers:

  • I would be sure to study and memorize the library’s collection policy.
  • The Library Bill of Rights must also be brought to the challenger’s attention stating that the library is an information institution that provides both information and ideas.
  • Have both good and bad reviews (from respected sources) about the book at hand.
  • Remember to mention the awards and honors that the item has received.
  • Be sure to listen to the person who is challenging the book and do not interrupt them while they are speaking. Try to understand where the patron is coming from when he or she states their concerns about the material.
  • When you respond to the challenger, have a calm and respectable tone informing them that the library must do all that it can to provide intellectual freedom to its patrons, young and old.

Why This Book? I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book because it was written in two perspectives, which is rare in young adult books.


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