Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl

Eighteen-year-old rock star Sam Lee isn’t like other girls. She’s the super-talented bass player and songwriter for an all-girl indie band and an incurable loner. Then one night after a concert in Central Park, she’s attacked by a “wild dog.”

Suddenly, this long-time vegetarian is craving meat—the bloodier, the better. Sam finds herself with an unbelievable secret and no one she trusts to share it with. So begin the endless lies to cover up the hairy truth.

When a new girl gang appears in the city—with claws and paws—Sam suspects there’s a connection to her own inner beast. Trapped in a tug-of-war between her animal and human self, forced to choose between the guy who sparks her carnal appetite and the one who makes her feel like a normal teenage girl, Sam has to unravel the mysteries of the werewolf world before her bandmates, the media, and her mother catch up to her.

  • Type: Fiction, Kids
  • Age Range: Young Adult
  • Number of Pages: 304
  • Original Publication Date: Sep 2013
  • Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin Random House Canada
  • Rights Sold:
    • Razorbill/Penguin Random House (Canada)
    • Skyscape/Amazon (US)

What people are saying:

A thoroughly enjoyable read. Paranormal fans are in for a treat.

  • — VOYA, Debbie Wenk

Pohl-Weary does a wonderful job drawing readers into this high-action, suspenseful read, while putting an original spin on the supernatural genre.

  • — School Library Journal, Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial H.S., NY

Not only is it a compelling, well-written story about growing up, artistic integrity and feminism, it’s ridiculously fun.

  • — The National Post, Evan Munday

Sam was a great character from the very beginning. Her voice was real and authentic.

  • — Confessions of a Reading Addict, Siobhan

Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl is fast-paced, thrilling, and clever.

  • — Me on Books, Lindsay

A little bit of rock, and whole lotta fur.

  • — Chapter by Chapter, MaryAnne

There is so much more of Sam’s story – and her bandmates’ and her pack sisters – that could be told and I hope that there are more books to follow.

  • — Lost in a Great Book, Jenn

Did you enjoy the Twilight saga? Well, this book is nothing like those stories.

  • — Squinklebooks

A new twist on teen werewolves. The book was hard to put down.

  • — Canadian Family, Taylor (13 years)

Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl is a fantastic read. 4 out of 4 stars

  • — CM Magazine, Laura Dunford

Sam must ignore her reclusive tendencies and work with her new pack to protect other innocent girls from a merciless predator – while trying not to become one herself.

  • — National Reading Campaign, Karen Doersken

Pick up this book. It is leading the pack… A deeply refreshing read.

  • — The Globe and Mail, Lauren Bride

My desire to follow Sam to some sort of resolution was fueled by stellar writing and a plot construction that is free of gaps or holes. The book stands above others in its genre because of the attention to detail.

  • — OurFeministPlayschool

Emily Pohl-Weary’s writing is evocative, ensuring the reader truly understands the depth of Sam’s physical and emotional transformation, and her characterizations are explicit and fully revealing.

  • — CanLit for Little Canadians, Helen Kubiw

With teenage angst, a love quadrangle, a fantasy element that should be silly but isn’t, and a strong female heroine who is anything but a hapless damsel in distress, Pohl-Weary’s latest YA title offers a welcome twist on the paranormal genre.


  • — Quill and Quire, Cara Smusiak

An absolutely fabulous new young adult novel…The story is fast and superbly told, and the characters are likable and believable.


  • — Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow, New York Times best-selling author of Little Brother

Slick, stylish fun and an absolute kick to read!

  • — Lesley Livingston, author of the Wondrous Strange trilogy

At last, teen girls have their own werewolf wish fulfillment fantasy. Sam is cool, she’s in a band, and yeah, she’s way foxy.

  • — Nalo Hopkinson, author of Brown Girl in the Ring and The Chaos

Toronto-based novelist Emily Pohl-Weary just wanted teenage girls to have a monster they could look up to.

  • — The Torontoist, Chris Dart

She happens to be biracial, but it’s something that is just a matter of fact, which, being mixed-race myself, was SO NICE to read.

  • — Rookie Magazine, Anna F.

Written By:

Emily Pohl-Weary

Fan of monsters, magic, and mystery.

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