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The Wolf's Boy
by Susan Williams Beckhorn


Overview - An outcast boy and a young wolf against an Ice Age winter . . .

Kai burns to become a hunter and to earn a rightful place among his people. But that can never be. He was born with a clubfoot. It is forbidden for him to use or even touch a hunter's sacred weapons.  Read more...


 
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Overview
An outcast boy and a young wolf against an Ice Age winter . . .

Kai burns to become a hunter and to earn a rightful place among his people. But that can never be. He was born with a clubfoot. It is forbidden for him to use or even touch a hunter's sacred weapons.

Shunned by the other boys, Kai turns to his true friends, the yellow wolves, for companionship. They have not forgotten the young human they nurtured as an abandoned infant. When Kai discovers a motherless cub in the pack, he risks everything to save her, bringing her back to live with him.

But as winter draws near, Kai's wolf grows ever more threatening in the eyes of the People. When the worst happens, Kai knows that they must leave for good. Together, they embark on a journey into the north-a place of unimaginable danger-that tests the power of friendship and the will to survive.

Award-winning author Susan Williams Beckhorn delivers a powerful tale set in Paleolithic times. Inspired by modern discoveries, Susan's careful research creates a vivid picture of a time when the first wolves came to live with humans and forged a bond that lives on to this day.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781484725535
  • ISBN-10: 1484725530
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publish Date: June 2016
  • Page Count: 240
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Wolves & Coyotes
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Historical - Prehistory
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Friendship

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-08-08
  • Reviewer: Staff

The drive to survive propels this tense historical novel, set in prehistoric times, about the friendship between a wolf and a boy. Kai is left to the wolves after being born with a clubfoot; instead of attacking the child, the wolves nurture Kai until his mother finds him and brings him back to their people's village. The narrative resumes as the artistically talented Kai, now 12, struggles to find purpose in a society that forbids him to hunt or handle weapons because he is believed to be "tabat" (cursed). Kai's challenges escalate when he finds a wolf cub, Uff, and with great reservations his parents allow him to raise her. Beckhorn (Wind Rider) deftly sketches canine behavior, the bullying Kai suffers, and the oppressive suspicion of his people. A tragic accident leads Kai to exile himself, forcing him into dangerous, uncharted territory where he meets an "Ice Man," discovers cave paintings, learns to hunt, and finds true confidence. This strong adventure with a memorable central relationship offers insight into the beginnings of mankind's long history with dogs. Ages 8–12. Agent: Brianne Johnson, Writers House. (June)

 
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