Along Came a Wolf by Adam Dreece
Along Came a Wolf opens with a close-up view of one girl's happy-go-lucky exploits in the woods near the seemingly insignificant small town of Minnette. From there, the vista quickly expands as an outsider visits the town hoping to uncover secrets with the potential to change the world.
Fast-paced and well-written, this is a tale of intrigue and adventure that pays tribute to Jolly Old St. Nick and Little Red Riding Hood, but skews the familiar narrative and avoids being a stale rehashing of those classic stories. Who knew the master toymaker also had a penchant for inventing steampunk machinery? Lots of fun for any age.