Jim Kjelgaard


Born
in New York City, NY, The United States
December 06, 1910

Died
July 12, 1959

Genre


an American author of young adult literature.

Born in New York City, New York, Jim Kjelgaard is the author of more than forty novels, the most famous of which is 1945's "Big Red." It sold 225,000 copies by 1956 and was made into a 1962 Walt Disney film with the same title, Big Red. His books were primarily about dogs and wild animals, often with animal protagonists and told from the animal's point of view.

Jim Kjelgaard committed suicide in 1959, after suffering for several years from chronic pain and depression.
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Average rating: 4.1 · 27,302 ratings · 624 reviews · 77 distinct worksSimilar authors
Big Red (Big Red, #1)

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4.12 avg rating — 16,969 ratings — published 1945 — 47 editions
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Irish Red

4.16 avg rating — 3,933 ratings — published 1951 — 6 editions
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Outlaw Red

4.02 avg rating — 1,331 ratings — published 1953 — 15 editions
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Snow Dog

4.09 avg rating — 986 ratings — published 1948 — 13 editions
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Stormy

3.96 avg rating — 688 ratings — published 1959 — 14 editions
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Wild Trek

4.06 avg rating — 452 ratings — published 1950 — 9 editions
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Desert Dog

3.95 avg rating — 374 ratings — published 1956 — 7 editions
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Lion Hound

3.91 avg rating — 345 ratings — published 1960 — 12 editions
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Haunt Fox

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4.04 avg rating — 335 ratings — published 1954 — 9 editions
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Fire-Hunter

4.11 avg rating — 249 ratings — published 1951 — 8 editions
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“Slowly, deliberately, the dog turned from the black wolf and walked toward the man. He was a dog, and dogs chose men.”
Jim Kjelgaard, Snow Dog

“Fire nibbled anxiously at the kindling, then took a big bite and flame crackled.”
Jim Kjelgaard, Swamp Cat

“Stealing goods from a town store would be a criminal offense and provoke righteous indignation. Stealing muskrats from his swamp would be just another example of what the hillmen were always doing to each other and provoke, at the very most, a sympathetic chuckle. Even”
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