Separated from his family, wolf cub Swift must trek 1,000 perilous miles across the Pacific Northwest to find a new safe place to call home. Inspired by the true story of OR-7, a wolf also known as Journey, and illuminated by Mónica Armiño’s beautiful illustrations, local author Rosanne Parry’s A Wolf Called Wander is sure to speak to young readers who love animals, the great outdoors, or a heartfelt adventure. Recommended By Madeline S., Powells.com
With excitement, humor, sweetness, and a beautiful, imaginative voice full of innocence, exuberance, and downright wolfiness, A Wolf Called Wander is the incredible tale, based on a true story, of one young wolf’s coming-of-age during his adventurous 1,000-mile trip in search of a new home. Recommended By Gigi L., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
A New York Times bestseller
"Don't miss this dazzling tour de force." Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal winning author of The One and Only Ivan
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. Illustrated throughout, this irresistible tale by award-winning author Rosanne Parry is for fans of Sara Pennypacker's Pax and Katherine Applegate's The One and Only Ivan.
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. This gripping and appealing novel about family, courage, loyalty, and the natural world is for fans of Fred Gipson's Old Yeller and Katherine Applegate's Endling.
Includes black-and-white illustrations throughout and a map as well as information about the real wolf who inspired the novel.
“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
"...Rosanne Parry evokes the Pacific Northwest with lilting, sensory-driven ambient details. . . . Parry's choice to have Swift narrate his own perilous journey brings an on-the-ground intimacy to the story. . . . Parry has written about being far from home before . . . it's a terrain she captures expertly." The New York Times Book Review
“...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)
"An action-packed novel perfect for reluctant readers as well as animal lovers." Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Rosanne Parry is the author of the acclaimed novels Heart of a Shepherd, Second Fiddle, and Written in Stone. She has taught writing at schools, conferences, educational nonprofits, and online at the Loft Literary Center. She and her family live in an old farmhouse in Portland, Oregon. She writes in a tree house in her backyard.