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Child of the Wolves


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Elizabeth Hall is the author of a number of psychology textbooks and young adult novels. Her first children's book was published in 1967. Hall worked for nine years as an editor at Psychology Today and for three years at Human Nature. Her husband, Scott O'Dell, was widely known as a children's author. When he passed away, Hall took up the reins and and finished the manuscripts he left behind. She lives in New York with her second husband, Nat Gilbert.


Gr 3-6‘In this fast-paced, satisfying animal adventure, a young Siberian husky becomes an accepted member of an Alaskan wolf pack. Granite is the oldest of a litter bred to be sled dogs, but he does not take naturally to the harness and training. At the first opportunity, he escapes into the wilderness where, near starvation, he encounters a wolf pack. He is adopted by the mate of the leader, a white wolf whose own pups have recently been kidnapped for the wolf/dog hybrid market. The majesty and harshness of the Alaskan environment, the sophisticated levels of pack communication and behavior, and the many perils, both human and natural, that threaten the survival of the animals are deftly woven into the story. Granite's struggle to find his place in the pack is particularly captivating. While generally plausible, the writing is occasionally jarring when human emotions are attributed to the animals; however, the author defends her position in a note indicating that the latest research on wolves maintains that they "feel emotions once regarded as strictly human." A good choice for leading readers into Jean Craighead George's Julie of the Wolves (HarperCollins, 1972).‘Caroline Ward, Nassau Library System, Uniondale, NY

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