The novel The Stratford Devil will be the topic of conversation at the next meeting of the Shelton Reading Circle in August.

The story was written by Claude Clayton Smith, a Stratford native, who sets the story in the early 1600s in Stratford. A young girl wanders outside this Puritan settlement, discovers an odd formation of shells, and survives a wolf attack. This fictionalized account of the efforts to rid a community of marauding wolves leads to dire consequences.

The Shelton Reading Circle is a book discussion group that focuses on fiction with historical themes. The next meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Huntington Branch Library, 41 Church Street.

Copies of this book can be obtained from the hold shelf at the Plumb Memorial Library by calling 203-924-1580 or online at www.sheltonlibrarysystem.org/. Participation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ellen Kolesk at 203-925-1803.