Lorraine, otherwise known as the Merry Bookworm, has taken a journey to the Neolithic in Saviour Pirotta’s second installment in the Wolfsong series, The Whispering Stones with illustrations by Davide Ortu;
This is the second in Saviour Pirotta’s historical junior fiction ‘Wolfsong’ series and just like the first, it’s a corker of a read. It’s an atmospheric and pacy late-Neolithic adventure, which feels a bit more meaty than junior fiction due to its suspenseful storyline. This book takes us on a journey from The Orkneys to Stonehenge with Wolf, the lead character, undertaking a parallel inner journey of self-discovery. He learns not to be so hard on himself and starts to understand that he can benefit from his mistakes.
Yet again, Davide Ortu has illustrated the book superbly with his distinctive, eye-catching art, which really captures and enhances the mood of the story.
The Whispering Stones is a great story for introducing younger readers not just to historical fiction, but also to the concepts of resilience and personal growth. There’s a handy synopsis at the start for those who haven’t yet read the first in the series (The Stolen Spear) and it ends leaving readers wanting more. I’m rather impatiently looking forward to Part 3 now!