The Wolf in the Wardrobe

“Finn had seen those eyes before. They were golden yellow, like the colour of the moon hanging low in the sky. And they were full of pain.”

When Finn comes across a car accident, little does he realize his life is about to change forever. The huge, injured animal he discovers is no dog ‑ but a wolf, escaped from the circus.

Finn is bewitched. Instinctively, he knows he must save the wolf, Lupa, and prevent her return to the cruel circus.

Where to hide the wolf, and how to feed her, are just the beginning of Finn’s problems. For the sinister circus clown, Cackles, is hot on their trail and will stop at nothing to get Lupa back. In a race against time to save Lupa, Finn gets help from unlikely quarters. But will it be enough?

Written by Susan Brocker

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Originally published by HarperCollins and now republished in a new edition from Brocker Books, this book will appeal to a wide reading age from advanced 7–8-year-olds up to 15-year-olds. The Wolf in the Wardrobe was a finalist for the 2012 LIANZA Esther Glen Award.


“If a book could have 10 stars this one would have them! I didn’t want to put it down until I finished, and then I wanted more.” ~ Amazon reader

“The Wolf in the Wardrobe …. is a great story: pacy, full of action, with realistic characterisation and a conclusion that is both satisfying and poignant.” ~ Goodreads reviewer

“Tauranga author Susan Brocker has written an appealing and entertaining story about the lengths one boy will go to save and protect an animal. The characters are lively and entertaining. Another great read from a wonderful author.” ~ Debbie McCauley, LibraryThing

About The Wolf in the Wardrobe

The Wolf in the Wardrobe was inspired by one of Susan Brocker’s much-loved pets. Yogi was a long-haired German shepherd who adored playing with kids. People often said, “He looks like a wolf!” And that got Susan thinking – imagine if he really was a wolf!

The story highlights the respect that caring humans can have towards animals. This commitment is exemplified by Finn, a young teenage boy, who finds and cares for an injured wolf who has escaped from an unpleasant and fearful life in a circus. The uneasy historical relationship between wolves and humans is explored and highlighted as the relationship between Finn and the wolf develops.

As more family members become aware of the wolf’s existence, this dynamic becomes increasingly important in the story. Finn’s unwavering love and concern for the wolf is cleverly used as a device that helps heal a mildly dysfunctional family and enables them to display the best parts of human nature as they unite to seek resolution to a common cause – the future welfare and safety of the wolf. Joy and optimism are mixed with palpable tension, making this gripping and fast-moving tale simply impossible to put down.

Meet the Kiwi author

Susan BrockerFind out more about Tauranga author Susan Brocker on her author page.

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Dimensions20 × 13 cm

Paperback edition



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Brocker Books

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