Tenkara has created something very special here with her novel “She Named Me Wolf”. It’s quite unlike anything I have ever read, deftly mixing childhood angst, alcoholism, abuse, and even some supernatural elements.

The story follows Wolf over a period of roughly seven years as he navigates the trials and tribulations of early adolescence, making (and imagining) new friends, discovering new hobbies, and finding the inner strength to stand up to his father. I was especially struck as how well this fatherly figure was written : he is loving and caring in one scene (buying a repainting a bike, for example); uncaring and destructive in another.

The last few pages add an interesting twist that could lead to a very interesting sequel and I really hope Tenkara will explore this aspect in her future books!