cover image A Wolf Called Wander

A Wolf Called Wander

Rosanne Parry, illus. by Mónica Armiño. Greenwillow, $16.99 (256p) ISBN 978-0-06-289593-6

Parry (The Turn of the Tide) offers a wolf’s-eye view of the Pacific Northwest’s forests, mountains, and prairies in this harrowing survival tale based on the story of OR-7, a wolf electronically tracked by scientists. As a pup, quick learner Swift was taught that there are perils in the world (“you are tender and tasty, my wolfling”), but he doesn’t encounter danger firsthand until he and his siblings are old enough to learn how to hunt. When a rival wolf pack attacks, many of Swift’s clan, including his father, are killed and their territory usurped. Eager to flee the enemy, Swift begins an arduous solo journey, renaming himself “Wander.” Along the way, he encounters such threats as a human with a “lightning stick,” a busy highway, a cougar, and a forest fire, all the while yearning for the companionship of another wolf. A straightforward, relatable narrative mixes facts about wolves’ habits with sensory explorations of nature (flowers nod, hunger awakens, scents reveal), and Armiño’s realistic art illustrates key moments throughout. An action-packed novel perfect for reluctant readers as well as animal lovers. Ages 8–12. [em](May) [/em]