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Wild Life

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  1,337 Ratings  ·  294 Reviews
Erik is preparing for his first-ever hunting trip when he learns that his parents are being deployed to Iraq. A few days later, Erik is shipped off to North Dakota to live with Big Darrell and Oma, grandparents he barely knows. When Erik rescues a dog that's been stuck by a porcupine, Big Darrell says Erik can't keep him. But Erik has already named her Quill and can't bear ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Jun 07, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
It was amazing because I generally don't like "a boy and his dog books" and I'm not a hunter but I couldn't put it down and I was crying and smiling at the same time by the end of the book. Loved it and plan to order it for my library and I will be checking out the other books by Cynthia DeFelice to add to my collection.
Diane Ferbrache
Mar 18, 2012 Diane Ferbrache rated it really liked it
12 year old Eric is finally old enough to get his hunting license, he’s completed the hunters’ training course and a trip with his best friend is planned. But his plans get derailed when both his parents are called up to go to Iraq and he is sent to live with grandparents he barely knows in rural South Dakota. His Oma seems nice enough, but Big Darrell, his grandfather, is another story. Eric befriends a stray hunting dog, discovers a shotgun in the house, and takes off to live off the land. He ...more
Jan 26, 2013 Terri rated it it was amazing
Erik is excited to show his National Guardsmen parents the completion certificate from his hunter safety course. Now he can go pheasant hunting with his best friend's family. Erik has looked forward to testing himself against nature and living like the pioneers. But his excitement is crushed when he learns his parents must deploy to Afghanistan within days, and he will have to stay with his grandparents, Oma and Big Darrell, while they are gone. Erik feels like the rug has been pulled out from u ...more
Ms. Yingling
This paperback is featured in the Fall 2012 Scholastic book fair.

Just when Erik has gotten his hunting license and is planning an outing with his best friend, his parents (who are in the reserves) are called up for active duty. Their parenting plan is to send Erik to his mother's parents in North Dakota, so before he can blink, Erik is on a plane to stay with Oma and Big Darrell. They live very far out in the country and don't even have a computer or cell phone service! His grandmother is nice,
Nov 07, 2014 Jack rated it it was amazing
In the book Wild Life by Cynthia Defelice the main character Eric lives in New york and loves to hunt he just got his hunting license for the first time. His dad does not hunt so he has to go hunting with his best friend Patrick and his dad. But comes home and figures out his parents are going overseas to Iraq because they got called from the army because Erics mom is a doctor and Erics dad is a mechanic. So that means Eric can’t go hunting. He ends up going to his grandmas and grandpas house in ...more
Ethan B
Oct 01, 2014 Ethan B rated it it was amazing
There was a boy named Erik and he took a hunter safety cores. When he got home he knew something was wrong. He talked to his parents and it was bad news. His parents had to go to war and they were going to send him to his grandparents. He was so angry because he was going hunting with his best friend and his dad. So he tried to stay but he couldn’t.
So he went on two flights to north Dakoda from New York. Then he made it to north Dakoda. He found his grandparents. Then he had to go on
Sophia Chavonelle
Nov 15, 2012 Sophia Chavonelle rated it it was amazing
Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!! This book was AMAZING!!!!!!!! As soon as I read the last page, I flipped it over to read it again!!!!! 12-year old Erik finally gets his New York State hunting license, only to come home to fine out that his parents are needed in Iraq. Erik is sent of to North Dakota to live with his two grandparents, Big Darrel and Oma. To make things worse, he can't go to the hunting trip with his best friend Patrick, Patrick's dad and their awesome dog Hot Spots. One day, Erik (love that nam ...more
Lane Dethrow
Jan 22, 2014 Lane Dethrow rated it really liked it
I read this book, Wild Life, a while ago. It was a short and really easy book! The authors writing style is very simple and like many other books. I think that anybody would really be able to understand what the book is about.
The story is mainly about a boy, Eric, who has to go live with his grandparents that he barely knows even exists. His parents were both being deployed and he has to live in North Dakota. The main characters are Eric, Oma, Big Darrell and Quill. Quill is the main character
Saylor Alberts
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May 06, 2015 Connerknudson rated it it was amazing
This book takes place in Fortuna North Dakota. The twelve year old Brown haired green eyed Erik Carlson LOVES to hunt. He got his hunting license and was ready to hunt for the first time then he got the devastating news that he had to go to his grandparents in North Dakota because his parents had to be shipped to Iraq. He has to stay out their for at least 6 months. He gets to North Dakota and meets his frail and friendly Grandmother, Oma, and his mean and big Grandfather, Big Darrel, then they ...more
Ryan Czark
Nov 12, 2015 Ryan Czark rated it really liked it
I have just finished the book Wildlife by Cynthia DeFelice about a teenager whos parents have been sent to teach soldiers in Iraq. Erik is twelve years old and will be living in North Dakota for six months. His grandfather is a cold hearted man and his grandma is warm and loving. Eriks personality has changed since he had run away from his grandparents and he has matured. When Erik came back to his grandparents, he accepted the fact that he was going to be in big trouble. "Aren't you going to ye ...more
Kendall Alexander
May 18, 2015 Kendall Alexander rated it it was amazing
I gave this a 5 star because couldn't stop reading it. I had to read this over a weekend for school. It was no problem at all. The book is about a 12 year old that just got his hunting license. He just needed one thing a dog. Eric found a stray dog in a barn. That dog became Eric's best friend. He plans on going hunting all the time with his dog, but that changes when he finds out that both of his parents have to go to Iraq. He has to move to South Dakota with his grandparents that he barley eve ...more
Jack Klitzner
Aug 30, 2013 Jack Klitzner rated it it was ok
Shelves: done
I didn't think this book flowed well. I thought that this book was going to take me on an adventure but it ended up loosing my attention. The part I liked the most was the least amount written about. I enjoyed reading about the boy and his dog and how they were bonded. What I didn't like was the amount of time the author spent on the survival part of the book. The author repeated themselves and it made for a boring read. It was a good book about adventure but could have been presented differentl ...more
May 30, 2015 Alec rated it it was amazing
This is a fictional book written by Cynthia Defelice. One Day when Erik rescues a dog that has been struck by a porcupine Big Darrel says he can not have the dog stay. Erik has already named the dog Quill and Can't bear to give her up. After finding his Uncle's shotgun and camping gear, Erik takes Quill and runs away, certain that they can make it on their own. To find out how he survives out in the wilderness, read this amazing book.
Trevor Young
Jan 19, 2016 Trevor Young rated it it was amazing
Great survival/ hunting book
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May 16, 2017 Tavian rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book because it showed me how a young boy can fight for something that he loves. If someone is willing to run away from home with just a shotgun so that he can keep his dog that is love. I can only imagine how hard it is for a teenager like him to move to the middle of nowhere with his grandparents that he has never met. When i read the summary of the book on the back i thought that the book would be more about him hunting with his dog but after reading the book i realized ...more
May 14, 2017 Evan rated it it was amazing
Wild life is a really good book because it's a book about survival. In the book The main charter Erik is a twelve year old boy who has big plans. He just is finally old enough to get his New York State hunting license. Because he loves hunting. but then plans change. As his parents send him to his grandparents in the middle of nowhere in North Dakota. He barely even knows his grand ;parents either.then one day he goes out and finds a dog that's been was stuck by a porcupine. He bring it back hom ...more
Tyler Adams
Wild life is a fiction story that takes place in New York. Erick is a young 12 year old boy with a burning passion for hunting. The story starts off by showing Erik’s passion for hunting by using a lot of enthusiasm for when Erik passed his test for his hunting license. They had him coming into the house screaming “ I passed” two times. Erik was also excited because he knew by passing the test this would allow him to go on the hunting trip he had planned with his friend. And their champion bird ...more
Austin Cross
May 31, 2017 Austin Cross rated it it was amazing
This book is one of my all-time favorite books. I would recommend books about anybody that likes things in nature and hunting. One of the main reasons I like this because It is a totally real situation I have probably having too many people across America. Also another reason like this book is because when he runs away with a dog and even just when he first gets the dog and raises it to be his own he shows what a good person he is and then when he runs away and goes on the Plains and prove himse ...more
Chase Hearn
Mar 23, 2017 Chase Hearn rated it it was amazing
ERik has just passed his hunting test and was exited to go. When both of his army parents were sent to Iraq instead of going with his freind hunting he was sent to live with his grandparents who he barely knows. His grandfather seems very nice but his grandfather is rude.He then finds a dog and names her quill. His grandfather says he can't keep her but he's already fallen in love. He finds a shotgun and camping gear and runs away with the dog. I feel this book was very good and ...more
Aden Schmidt
Feb 16, 2017 Aden Schmidt rated it it was amazing
It was great I loved how Erik ran away and survived off the land with Quill. It was good that Erik returned to home so Oma & Big Darrel would not have to pay $5,000 dollars. It was Trilling, Adventurous, & sometimes funny. You should definitely read it. My favorite part was when Erik found Quill and instantly fell in love.
Jack Mullen
May 25, 2017 Jack Mullen rated it really liked it
A very good book about a boy and dog who become best friends. Also, there are many interesting parts in the book where you keep wanting to know what happens next. Also, it could really happen, but wouldn't be very common.
Jun 15, 2017 Rgrum rated it it was amazing
This was a great book and its just what I like to read. One reason I like this book is because I love hunting and dogs. This kid runs his grandmas house and goes hunting. Lastly I was looking for a book like this for a while and hope to find more just like it.
Manuia Tuuu
May 21, 2017 Manuia Tuuu rated it really liked it
Wild Life is a great book, the character(s) are somewhat relatable and interesting. The plot keeps you reading chapter after chapter. I feel like the only wrong was the length of the book, I wish it was longer. All in all, I loved this book.
Austin Walsh
Mar 21, 2017 Austin Walsh rated it really liked it
It was a good book about a boy who moves out in the middle of know where with his grandma and grandpa and runs off with his dog.
Mar 09, 2017 21wildekenjwashk12.Org rated it it was amazing
I actually really loved this book. In the book Erik goes to stay with his grandparents who he doesn't really know because his dad is being deployed to Iraq. When he gets their he finds a lost dog, names it quill and takes care of it. After a while Erik can't take Big Darrel anymore so he finds his uncles gun
and camping gear. He thinks he can go live off the land with just him and his dog. After this their family relationships are better.
Sep 09, 2016 Alonson12 rated it it was amazing
Wild Life
By:Cynthia Defelice
Wild Life by Cynthia Defelice, takes place in the upstates of New York to Fortuna North Dakota. The main character is Erik Carson is 12 years old, his parents are called to go serve to Iraq for 6 months, and he has to go stay with his grandparents for the time they are there. He doesn't like his grandpa because he is mean selfish and has no compassion for erik, but one day erick finds a dog and his grandpa gets mad and tells him to go sleep outside, so erik is mad be
Apr 28, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing
Twelve-year old Erik Carlson is finally old enough to take the Hunter Safety Course. He passed the course, getting the highest grade in his class. Now that he got his license he is thrilled to go hunting with his friend Patrick. But, what he doesn't know is something that will change all of his plans, something he never expected.
Erik's parents are both Army Reserves. They train other soldiers and prepare them to fight in war. At the time, USA and Iraq were allies. Many Army Reserves were calle
Cody Bailey
Jan 09, 2017 Cody Bailey rated it really liked it
This book was very good. It's about a boy that is living with his grandparents. He finds a dog with porcupine quills all over it's and he removes all of them. His grandparents want to find the owner and give him back but he grows to love the dog and runs away with the dog with only a shotgun and bullets. And the story is about him staying alive in the wild with his new dog.
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Cynthia DeFelice is the author of many bestselling titles for young readers, including the novels Wild Life, The Ghost of Cutler Creek, Signal, and The Missing Manatee, as well as the picture books, One Potato, Two Potato, and Casey in the Bath. Her books have been nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe Award and listed as American Library Association Notable Children's Books and Bank Street Best Childr ...more
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