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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Along Came a Wolf: The Yellow Hoods #1 is a young adult fantasy novel written by Adam Dreece. Tee and her two fellow Yellow Hoods, her best friends, Elly and Richy, have been having a marvelous time in their mountainside tree house, which mysteriously seems to get the most useful upgrades, such as a system of pulleys, ropes and weights for easy access to and from the small village of Minette. Their adventures and explorations take a more serious turn when Andre LeLoup, a sinister stranger claiming to be on official business and carrying an urgent message, comes upon the Cochan brothers and Tee in the woods. He's looking for Tee's grandfather, Nikolas Klaus, a renowned and reclusive inventor, who's adored by his granddaughter. LeLoup is nothing but trouble Nikolas fears and, indeed, he's been sent by Klaus' rival, the equally sinister Simon St. Malo. If LeLoup doesn't find what he's come for, there will be trouble.
In his young adult fantasy, Along Came a Wolf, Adam Dreece adroitly weaves fragments of classic fairy tales into his original and exciting steampunk fantasy story. Tee and her fellow Yellow Hoods are marvelous characters and I enjoyed seeing how the three of them work together to evade the clutches of the dastardly LeLoup. Dreece's nod to steampunk is fantastic and filled with odd and exciting devices that delighted this reader as much as they do Tee and her friends. I definitely want a sail-cart and wouldn't mind having a few shock-sticks around in case of emergencies. In Along Came a Wolf, Nikolas' imaginative and clever devices reminded me just how much I love the steampunk genre. Along Came a Wolf is highly recommended.