Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Learning | Wolves

It happened two days in a row. Two very different kids asked for "wolf books." After talking to them a little bit to see what they meant by that, I discovered they both wanted fiction books about wolves.  I remembered Jack London's classic "White Fang," which I had read at their age, but I looked up a few newer series which have wolves.

Grey Wolves, scientific name Canus lupus. Status: Endangered. From U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters' photostream on Some rights reserved.

Both the boy and girl I helped chose books from Kathryn Lasky's Wolves of the Beyond series. This is a spinoff of her very popular animal fantasy series, The Guardians of Ga'hoole. The series starts off with a book called Lone Wolf, in which a baby wolf is born with a twisted paw.  How could a person resist reading further, to find out what happens to it? The series is recommended to readers in grades 3-7.

There's another series I would like to suggest.  In The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, the main character, Torak, is friends with a wolf cub.  In fact, he can communicate with the wolf cub.  This adventure takes place six thousand years before our time. Twelve year old Torak becomes separated from his tribe, and finds himself in a unique position to battle evil in his land. These books are recommended for readers age 10 and up.

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