Book Review: A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry #AWolfCalledWander #Middlegrade #BookReview

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?

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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.

Image via Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

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.


Find this book on Amazon and Goodreads:

  • 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!



22 thoughts on “Book Review: A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry #AWolfCalledWander #Middlegrade #BookReview

  1. I adored books about wolves as a kid. I don’t know if I have many children’s books to recommend though. Julie of the Wolves was a favourite even if it has some problematic content in terms of representation. I also loved White Fang, The Call of the Wild, Baree – Story of a Wolf Dog, Kazan, and Kavik the Wolf-Dog. Oh wait there was the somewhat silly children’s book and movie Iron Will. There was a husky/wolf hybrid in my neighborhood growing up and I always wanted to steal her. She also lived her life on a short chain in a yard which didn’t help. I am rambling but that was a fun trip down memory lane. I will add this book of yers to me list. I like the based on a true story angle. Arrrr!
    x The Captain

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    1. Julie of the Wolves is a favorite and we enjoyed the other (two?) books that came after that one too. A few on your list we haven’t read and I’m going to try to get to those this year. Thanks for the recs!

      They’re so beautiful. It would be hard to see one living chained up. We had a dog when I was a kid that was a husky type and he had some wolf in him. Such a beautiful dog. Unfortunately, he developed arthritis and didn’t live to be very old.

      Thanks for checking out my review. I’ll be sure to check out the books you mentioned. 😊


    1. It’s so important, Noriko, I agree. We live in a woodland and being in the country has taught my kids all about death. They’ve been exposed to it, but my daughter is still sensitive reading about it as it happens. I didn’t particularly like those parts, but they do help make the story feel more realistic.

      Thanks for reading my review! I messaged you through Skype. Did you get it? 😉❤


  2. Oh, I loved this review, favorite M! We may have talked about this, but my best friend’s favorite animal was the wolf when we were growing up, so it might as well have been my favorite too (though mine was the tiger! 😂). I think she’d love this one. ♥️

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    1. Thank you, Jen! That’s so neat! It’s no surprise that a tiger is your favorite with your love of cats! Speaking of tigers, I was reading about wolve’s natural predator and did you know that it’s the Amur/Siberian tiger? I thought that was interesting. Obviously man is a big issue for wolves though too. Thanks for reading my review, and have a great weekend! 💜💚💙


  3. Sounds like a wonderful book. I’ll have to check it out for myself — no kids that age in my house any longer! I did love Julie of the Wolves, which I’m sure you’ve read already.


  4. starjustin

    I really enjoy books that are taken from true stories. Nice review. Glad, for the most part , that he kids enjoyed this one too. 🙂


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