It's very distressing, to those who find her, to learn that the werewolves hoped she would be clever. Most of the time, the werewolves hold any kind of intelligence, or at least using it, in contempt. When they are more tolerant of it, they are more prone to turn out warlocks who can do magic.
Really, it gets ugly when that happens.
And out pops another plotting problem: how to keep the big picture problem enough off-stage that the young heroine's oproblems are not overshadowed. (The YA problem: you want the young hero to be instrumental in solving the problem, but having a youngster on the spot is uglier than when someone older does it. sigh.)