Kept confined with only her wilding dog for company, a Black girl of the future wonders what’s behind her tiny cell; while a present-day African American girl struggles with fears and nightmares in award winning author Amber McBride’s novel, Gone Wolf.

In The Night Fox by Ashley Wilda, a girl at a remote retreat for teens with mental health issues yearns to “heal,” so that she can go home. A fox symbolizes hope, even as she ventures into a magical, but dangerous realm. In these poetic novels, canine creatures allow girls to find their own bark and bite: an inner force each never knew she had.

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