This gripping novel about survival and family is based on the real story of one wolf’s incredible journey to find a safe place to call home. Swift, a young wolf cub, lives with his pack in the mountains learning to hunt, competing with his brothers and sisters for hierarchy, and watching over a new litter of cubs. Then a rival pack attacks, and Swift and his family scatter. Alone and scared, Swift must flee and find a new home. His journey takes him a remarkable one thousand miles across the Pacific Northwest. The trip is full of peril, and Swift encounters forest fires, hunters, highways, and hunger before he finds his new home. Inspired by the extraordinary true story of a wolf named OR-7 (or Journey), this irresistible tale of survival invites readers to experience and imagine what it would be like to be one of the most misunderstood animals on earth. Includes black-and-white illustrations throughout and a map as well as information about the real wolf who inspired the novel.
Join us on Tuesday, August 20 at 7:00 PM as we welcome local author Rosanne Parry to discuss her book A WOLF CALLED WANDER.
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“Don’t miss this dazzling tour de force.”–Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal winning author of The One and Only Ivan
“Rife with details of the myriad scents, sounds, tastes, touches, and sights in Swift/Wander’s primal existence, the immediacy of his intimate, first-person, present-tense narration proves deeply moving. . . .A sympathetic, compelling introduction to wolves from the perspective of one wolf and his memorable journey.”–Kirkus Reviews
“Inspired by the story of OR-7, a real wolf naturalists tracked in the wild, Parry perfectly conveys her character’s curious, alert, and social nature.. . .a page-turning narrative. . . .deserving of a place alongside Sheila Burnford’s The Incredible Journey, Jack London’s White Fang, and other classic animal adventure novels.”
–School Library Journal (starred review)
“Wander’s first-person narration…lends a unique perspective and immediacy to the story. . .Armiño’s realistic black-and-white illustrations fill in gaps, making this memorable adventure a beautiful one as well.”–ALA Booklist
“Parry doesn’t pull any punches in her portrayal of the brutal reality of the natural world. . .Readers who liked the Hunters series for the gritty authenticity of its natural world will feel right at home.”–Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Parry offers a wolf’s-eye view of the Pacific Northwest’s forests, mountains, and prairies in this harrowing survival tale based on the story of OR-7, a wolf electronically tracked by scientists. . . .An action-packed novel perfect for reluctant readers as well as animal lovers.”–Publishers Weekly
Rosanne Parry is the author of the many award winning novels including Heart of a Shepherd, and The Turn of the Tide (Random House),. Her newest novels are Last of the Name (Learner) and A Wolf Called Wander (HarperCollins & Andersen Press) both on sale in the spring of 2019. She and her family live in an old farmhouse in Portland, Oregon. She writes in a tree house in her back yard.