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Children of the Wolf

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Mohandas's routine life is changed forever when two strange jungle creatures are captured and brought back to the orphanage where he lives. More animal than human, the creatures crawl on calloused knees, eat raw meat, and cannot speak - because they are young girls who have been raised by a pack of wolves. Everyone who sees them wants something of them, except Mohandas. He ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 1st 1993 by Puffin (first published 1984)
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S. Todd Strader
Apr 27, 2014 S. Todd Strader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful read. Jane Yolen relates the events of a true life story through the mind and heart of a boy who was not, but might have been,a part of it. In Children of the Wolf we meet a child becoming a man who's only care seems to a preoccupation with himself, a girl, motivated by jealousy, who encapsulates the cruelty for which we are all capable, Mr. Wells, the missionary, who while knowledgeable and well intention-ed is more focused on the usefulness of souls in garnering attention ...more
Emma P
Jan 26, 2015 Emma P rated it it was amazing
It was good, it kept getting suspicious because it started with 2, then went to 1, and then it got interesting. It really hits you at the end when you realize what of the story is true. Some of it was really odd, but real. It was a good book.
Mel Foster
Feb 17, 2015 Mel Foster rated it liked it
Recommends it for: over 12
Shelves: young-adult
This book is based VERY loosely on a true account of girls discovered with wolves in India in 1920. Yolen explores the many issues such children might have encountered in trying to adjust to human society, and along the way satirizes Christian missions and colonial British social, linguistic, and even racial attitudes. Yolen has a knack for developing characters in all their irrational human reality. This book is recommended by Puffin for age 12 and up, and I agree that it is not appropriate for ...more
Oct 09, 2008 K rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Beth, Hannah, Jo, Katja
This is the first truly amazing book I've read since moving. An account of 2 children in India who were raised by wolves, and based on a true story. The way they express their emotions, and the way they evolved into a slightly different-than-human shape, seems to challenge the way we think about how humanly we act, and how people change and think. It speaks of deeper human nature and really pulls at your emotion. I wish this was a movie.
Miss Amanda
gr 4-6 ? 133 pgs

1920s, India. When two young girls are discovered living with wolves, they are taken in by a Christian minister who runs an orphanage. Unlike the other orphans, 14 year old Mohandas is not afraid of them and is determined to help them. But that proves to be a difficult task. The girls remember nothing of their lives before living with wolves and are unable to speak. Mohandas is sure he can teach them, but he wonders if one day they really will be able to tell everyone about their
Dec 19, 2014 Rosalie rated it it was amazing
An interesting story that has a whole other ending that I expected; and, I see that it was based on some actual stories.
Aug 03, 2015 Marna rated it really liked it
Wanted to read this loving Yolen and having heard this case referenced in the type of 'strange but true' shows I love watching. Didn't expect it to be so sad, though! Even knowing it doesn't have a happy ending, still wasn't prepared to have this emotional a reaction. I read this after jungle book as this was the reality of stories like those.
Oct 24, 2013 Clynton rated it liked it
Interesting story that has a post-modern feel towards the end, of what makes up truth and reality. I liked the struggle that Mohandas has with trying to come to grasps of what he feels. Content is mild, with a little violence.
Feb 19, 2012 Gabby rated it it was amazing
It was amazing! It made number 3 on my Top Ten.

Mary Ann
Jan 10, 2011 Mary Ann rated it really liked it
Shelves: elementary, ya, tween
Quite unusual.
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Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachuset ...more
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