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Summer of the Wolvesby Polly Carlson Voiles
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Julie of the Wolves meets Hatchet in this middle grade novel that follows orphaned twelve-year-old Nika and her seven-year-old brother Randall as they leave a California foster home to visit a long-lost uncle in the wilderness lake country of Northern Minnesota. A phone call from their uncle sets them on a journey in a small floatplane over the thick green forest canopy, to spend the summer on a wilderness island. Nika, of all people, knows not to get her heart set on anything, but as she follows her uncle in his job studying wolves, Nika stumbles upon a relationship with an orphaned wolf pup that makes her feel — for the first time since her mother died — whole again. Here in these woods, with this wolf, none of the hard things in her past can reach her.
With vivid details about wolf behavior and a deep sense of interconnectedness with nature, this captivating first novel illuminates the intricacies of family while searching for the fine balance between caring for wild animals and leaving them alone.
Hatchet meets Julie of the Wolves in this captivating middle-grade novel about the wilderness lake country of northern Minnesota and the rare bond between a 12-year-old foster girl and an 11-day-old wolf pup.
[set star] "A little gem of a book for all wild-hearted lovers of the natural world."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review Julie of the Wolves meets Hatchet in this middle grade novel that follows twelve-year-old Nika and her seven-year-old brother, Randall, as they leave their California foster home to spend a summer with their long-lost uncle. There she finds an orphaned wolf pup in a cave, whose mother has been shot. This compelling first novel explores themes of searching for family and finding a balance between caring for— and leaving alone—wild animals.
Set in the distinctive wilderness lake country of northern Minnesota, which has one of the highest wolf populations in the world, this middle grade novel follows a 12-year-old girl and her 7-year-old brother as they leave their California foster home to spend a summer with their long-lost uncle. Together with her uncle, a wildlife biologist who studies and monitors wolves, Nika finds an orphaned wolf pup in a cave, whose mother had been shot. With vivid details about caring for a wolf pup and a deep sense of interconnectedness with nature, this compelling first novel explores themes of searching for family and finding a balance between caring for - and leaving alone - wild animals.
About the Author
Polly Carlson-Voiles says this novel, her first, grew out of several things: her longtime love of the wilderness country in northern Minnesota, her experiences with wolves at the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota, and her career of working with lost and found children as a secondary special ed/English teacher in inner city Minneapolis. She lives with her husband and dog near Ely, Minnesota, high on a ridge across the lake from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, where on lucky nights they listen to the music of the wolves.
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