Mongrels

Mongrels

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A spellbinding and darkly humorous coming-of-age story about an unusual boy whose family lives on the fringes of society and struggles to survive in a hostile world that shuns and fears them.

He was born an outsider, like the rest of his family. Poor yet resilient, he lives in the shadows with his Aunt Libby and Uncle Darren, folk who stubbornly make their way in a society that does not understand or want them. They are mongrels, mixedblood, neither this nor that. The boy at the center of Mongrels must decide if he belongs on the road with his aunt and uncle, or if he fits with the people on the other side of the tracks.

For ten years, he and his family have lived a life of late-night exits and close calls—always on the move across the South to stay one step ahead of the law. But the time is drawing near when Darren and Libby will know if their nephew is like them or not. And the close calls they’ve been running from for so long are catching up fast, now. Everything is about to change.

A compelling and fascinating journey, Mongrels alternates between past and present to create an unforgettable portrait of a boy trying to understand his family and his place in a complex and unforgiving world. A smart and innovative story—funny, bloody, raw, and real—told in a rhythmic voice full of heart, Mongrels is a deeply moving, sometimes grisly novel that illuminates the challenges and tender joys of a life beyond the ordinary in a bold and imaginative new way.

Title:Mongrels
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062412690
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    Mongrels Reviews

  • Will Byrnes

    Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the Autumn moon is bright. - from The Wolf Man 1941It’s hard out there for a wolf. We’...

  • Edward Lorn

    The most human werewolf novel I've ever read....

  • Sadie Hartmann

    “Always feed a wolf his fill," the old woman quotes out loud, "lest you wake with your throat in his jaws.” Until very recently, I always thought that lycanthropy was a made up condition. Human be...

  • Char

    I feel bad about it, but I'll say it anyway: Mongrels didn't work that well for me.I listened to the audio and at first I thought it was the narrators that were my problem. After a while, though, I be...

  • Danger

    This book was great. I mean, there’s not a more succinct way to put it. G-R-E-A-T.It’s a coming-of-age story about a young man who lives in a family of outlaw werewolves, and a chronicle of their ...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    This is a werewolf coming of age story that was so much fun to read. Clever chapter titles, fun little jokes you could miss if you weren't paying attention, fun twist on the beasties....

  • Book Riot Community

    The best–the best— werewolf novel I have ever read. It’s a coming-of-age story of a young boy whose family lives on the fringes of society for several reasons: they’re brown, they’re poor, o...

  • Marvin

    It is always a treat to discover a novel that places new twists on old ideas. The werewolf novel has been around a long time and there really didn't seem to be much more one can say about the man-turn...

  • C.G. Drews

    If I'm remembering right, I picked this book off a list of horror recommendations, and well...it's not really horror? It's more like a chaotic werewolf family living their general manic life as they s...

  • Stephanie (That's What She Read)

    A new favorite!...