A Wolf Called Wander
By Rosanne Parry
I’ve always been fascinated with wolves. A few years ago I read A Wolf Called Romeo by Nick Jans and loved it, so this cover and title got my attention right away.
My kids and I read this over a course of two to three days. We all seemed to have our own opinions about it, but it turned out to be an interesting read for me.
A Wolf Called Wander is a middle-grade book about a wild wolf pup named Swift. After getting separated from his family, his survival instincts kick in, and he is exposed to many dangers including starvation, hunters, and other animals to name a few. As he navigates through the dangerous lands, he remembers everything he learned from his parents and puts it all into practice. The questions are: What path will Swift take, and will it ever lead him back to his family?
The writing here is truly wonderful–it’s atmospheric and really pulls you into nature with all the descriptions and stunning illustrations. I found the story adventurous and even emotional at times. Reading this book made me think about how much I would of loved it as a child. Unfortunately, my younger daughter was a little disgusted with some of the more graphic scenes of hunting and mentioning of blood, which really surprised me, but there are only a few scenes. This might be worth thinking about if you have a more sensitive child.
The book is based on the true story of OR-7, a real wolf from Oregon. Something I love about the book is all the added information in the back about the real OR-7, also known as Journey. There’s also a good amount of information about wolves in general, the animals that live among them, and how biologists are working to track them. This is a book we’ll be adding to our home library for sure and one that I highly recommend.
- Age Range: 8 – 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 – 7
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Greenwillow Books (May 7, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062895931
- ISBN-13: 978-0062895936
Thanks for reading my review. Have you read this book? Do you have any other books on wolves to recommend? Let’s chat in the comments section below!