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by Ruth Craig
Malu's clan is wise in the ways of animals, but an animal has never lived with them. So when Malu rescues Kono, an orphaned wolf cub, the clan's wise man issues a stern decree: if Kono ever harms one of the people, she must die. Malu knows what a good friend and helper the wolf could be. Can she tame Kono and keep her safe?
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by Puffin Books
(first published October 1995)
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I really really loved his book. It's about a young girl called Malu who rescues a young orphaned cub called Kono. But if Kono ever hurts any one of the tribe even by accident she must die. But there are some of the clan that of not like Kono and want Malu out of the clan. Eventually Malu must choose between her wolf and her clan. I love this heartwarming story of a girl and her wolf. I love the friendship and how they overcome things:)<3
Malu is a young girl in a hunter-gather Stone Age clan. She is bound by strict traditions and is not allowed to hunt. As such, she teaches herself how to hunt in secret with some help from others and keeps track of a wolf pack at the same time. Someone kills the pack, save one. Malu raises Kono, the only surviving wolf pup. After Kono defends himself and Malu against a jealous hunter, Kono is sentenced to death. Malu and Kono run away into the winter darkness and they survive together as ...more
I didn't give it five stars only because it is on a lower reading level so I was unfulfilled in terms of complexity. It seems like Ruth Craig read the Children of the Earth Series by Jean Auel, removed anything not PG rated and condensed it into one book. It was enjoyable to re-visit the genre of "early man" culture, and it's sweet to sense the connection between man and what becomes our best friend, dogs.