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Summer of the Wolves by Polly Carlson-Voiles

Summer of the Wolves

by Polly Carlson-Voiles

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Even though it is a new book, it had a quality that reminded me of the books I read and loved when I was a preteen. Recommended for nature and animal lovers. ( )
  saillergirl | Jan 18, 2016 |
Very good story for young adults concerning children and learning to adjust to a new environment.
  CoriatLib | Oct 2, 2015 |
IB Attitudes: Appreciation, Empathy, Enthusiasm, Independence, Cooperation, Creativity, Curiosity, Integrity. IB Learner Profile:Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced, Reflective
  margothere.library | Aug 8, 2015 |
An impressive debut novel that fans of animal and nature stories will love. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
For the typical adolescent, personal identity, uncertainty, and self-confidence tango in a seemingly ceaseless struggle for control over the individual. No stranger to this dance, Nika faces an even greater trial of circumstances: continual instability. Ever since she and her younger brother, Randall, were orphaned two years previous, loneliness and perpetual flux have become the new “normal” state of her life. One day, however, the course of her fate takes a huge leap—all the way from California to the lake-strewn wilderness of Minnesota. For Nika, the emergence of a long lost uncle does more than alter her surroundings. With the help of an enigmatic little wolf pup, this move transforms her at the very core, filling the deep void that threatens to engulf her soul. The 300+ pages of this insightful, thought-provoking young adult novel are broken into 24 chapters of moderately sized font and margins. With a blend of gripping conversational dialog and eloquently verbose descriptions of plot and setting, the author immerses imaginative readers into the vivid natural world that sets the backdrop for the development of intricate human-animal and human-human relationships. ( )
  paulavev | Dec 3, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0547745915, Hardcover)

Julie of the Wolves meets Hatchet in this middle grade novel that follows orphaned twelve-year-old Nika and her seven-year-old brother Randall as they leave a California foster home to visit a long-lost uncle in the wilderness lake country of Northern Minnesota. A phone call from their uncle sets them on a journey in a small floatplane over the thick green forest canopy, to spend the summer on a wilderness island. Nika, of all people, knows not to get her heart set on anything, but as she follows her uncle in his job studying wolves, Nika stumbles upon a relationship with an orphaned wolf pup that makes her feel — for the first time since her mother died — whole again. Here in these woods, with this wolf, none of the hard things in her past can reach her.


With vivid details about wolf behavior and a deep sense of interconnectedness with nature, this captivating first novel illuminates the intricacies of family while searching for the fine balance between caring for wild animals and leaving them alone.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:14 -0400)

In the wilderness lake country of northern Minnesota, an orphaned twelve-year-old girl and a wolf pup share a rare bond.

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