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Hear the Wolves

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  329 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Sloan is a hunter.

So she shouldn’t be afraid of anything. But ever since her mom left the family and she lost hearing in one ear in a blizzard, it’s been hard to talk to people, and near-impossible to go anywhere or do anything without her dad or big sister within eyesight — it makes her too scared to be on her own.

When they leave her home alone for what should only be two
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by Scholastic Press
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What happens when you find yourself desperate enough to brave an Alaskan blizzard on foot in order to reach the town across the river? Sloan and her rag tag crew are about to find out.

Their generators won't last long and one lady desperately needs a doctor. As Sloan and the others set out together, they soon learn that the blistering cold isn't the only thing that may prevent them from reaching their destination. The wolves food source has run out and they are hungry. The journey is longer than

Can I give this book 100 stars??????? Wow!!! I talked out loud more while reading this book than any other book I have read. I laughed, I laughed until I cried, I had the feels, I felt wrath, and I cried...this book is a roller coaster of a ride. PREPARE YOURSELF!!! Before I even finished this book, I was telling my friend that she needed to read this book RIGHT NOW! The kids at my library are going to be falling all over themselves to read this book after I get done
An excellent survival tale. Halfway through, it reminded me of Jack London's To Build a Fire. In Hear the Wolves, a group of 6 people in rural Alaska try to make their way to medical assistance after one of them gets hurt during a blizzard. Fighting sub-zero conditions, oozing wounds and starving wolves, they make their way slowly toward help.

This book is only 240 pages, which works perfectly. The writing is bare-bones, without a lot of words wasted on description. This doesn't mean you won't fe
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*Disclaimer: I was sent an ARC of this book from Scholastic Press in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

Synopsis: Twelve year old Sloan lost two things in one fell swoop: her mother, and the hearing in her left ear. Since then she doesn't leave her father or sister for even a second. One day she wakes up to see that they have both gone out of town suddenly, leaving her behind just as a huge blizzard rolls in. Things only get worse from there.

My review: This book was atmosphe
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sloan lives in the Alaskan wilderness with her father and sister. Abandoned by their mother a young age, Sloan lost the hearing in one of her ears and refuses to be out of sight from her dad or sister.
When she wakes up one morning to find a note saying that they have gone to town and will return the next day Sloan flies into a panic. Most of the town has also left except a rag tag assortment of people. When a blizzard strikes the remaining people decide to leave their homes only to find themsel
Bella K
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The novel "Hear the Wolves" by Victoria Scott, is an action packed book that will leave you wanting more. You will feel as though you are right there next to the main character Solan running for your life from a pack of blood thirsty wolves. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fast pace easy to read book. (All genders and Grade 6th+ will enjoy this book.) Defiantly a five star book you will never forget!
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**Hear the Wolves is a middle grad/young adult crossover by Victoria Scott. I have read each and every one of Victoria's books and I have loved them all. Hear the Wolves is so different than all of her previous books. I loved this one too, but I think what I loved most about it was how different it was. Victoria has a way with words. I love how she tells a story, whether it is a romance, a paranormal or something total ...more
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*4.5 stars rounded up*

What a gem. A suspenseful, thrilling Mother-Daughter buddy read that kept both of us on edge.

Hear the Wolves is the story of twelve-year-old Sloan and five others who’ve been left and/or stayed behind in their tiny, middle-of-nowhere Alaskan town while the rest of the townsfolk have headed out for a couple of days. Doesn’t sound so bad, right? Wrong. Sloan, struggling with severe separation anxiety after her mother left her family, is reeling over the fact her father & sist
Kelly Gunderman
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

The first time I heard about this book and saw that stunning cover, I fell in love. It seemed like such a great story, full of adventure, friendship, and, of course, wolves. A survival story for middle grade readers? Yes! When a beautiful finished copy of this book (and it's simply stunning) found its way into my mailbox, I was overly excited to read it, so here's a big thank you to Scholastic!

The first thought
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! If you like wildlife and the wilderness this is the book for you.
Amy Layton
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: realism, ya-fiction
I read this book within 24 hours, snuggled up on our recliner with a cup of coffee in my hands. This well-researched book easily entranced me. The first thing that caught my interest was our main character, Sloan. She has abandonment issues, stemming from the fact that her mother left her family only two years prior. She's half-deaf. And she most certainly does not want to talk about when she was found alone in the snow.

This book is fast paced and action-packed. There are injuries, deaths, clif
This middle-grade novel is mesmerizing. It has beautiful prose, heart-stopping suspense, and realistic character development. It is an intense survival story and has some moments that may be difficult for younger or more sensitive readers. It is interesting to read a kids' book that portrays wolves realistically, as predators needing to hunt to survive in the wild.
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This was truly chilling the atmosphere was perfect. Going to be scared to walk alone in the woods even though we have no wolves in England.


Anything Victoria Scott writes is worth a read!
Theresa Grissom
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Wow... what a ride!! This was a thrilling read and I could NOT put this down! Loved the characters... well, all except one. This book had one of my most hated characters of any book I've read. Really looking forward to reading more from Victoria Scott.
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am so here for this book, in so many ways.
Mandy Webb
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Okay, I have not loved a middle-grade survival story this much since I read Julie of the Wolves in fourth grade. There was action, scenes that gave me goosebumps, scenes that made me tear up, all the things you expect from a survival story set in harsh conditions, but watered down enough to be appropriate for a middle grade audience. Of course there's going to be some blood, a little gore here and there, it would
Just Commonly
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
"The wolves watch us watching them. . ." (back cover)

Hear the Wolves by Victoria Scott will have you on the edge of your seat. It's about survival, and not necessarily of the fittest, but together. It's about racing against the elements and the danger that lurks when the equilibrium of life is no longer balanced.

If you look beyond the fact that our main characters are young kids, holding guns and rifles and shooting at threats that storms their way, you will see how well this story captivates yo
Cindy Christiansen
This book was creepy! The main character, Sloan, has been abandoned by her mother, lost the hearing in her left ear, and been left to fend for herself while her father & sister go to the nearby Alaskan village. Unfortunately, a blizzard delays them and Sloan has to try to save a sick neighbor. She treks through the woods with the neighbor and a few friends but is tracked by a pack of wolves. (The wolves are hunting humans because the townspeople have changed their habitat and they're starving.) ...more
Terry Maguire
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a gripping adventure story that middle grade readers will devour. The writing is sparse & the tone & atmosphere of the novel are stark- which is perfectly fitting for a story set against the backdrop of a blizzard in the Alaskan wilderness. Sloan, who sets out with a small group of neighbors and a friend to try and get to her father who is in a neighboring town, is a brave and determined character. The looming spectre of the wolves who are always right at the edge of their campsites ratc ...more
Ms. Yingling
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss

Haven't had as many readers asking me for survival books lately. This also had a slightly dystopian feel to it. It was pretty grim-- through most of the book I got the feeling that nobody was going to survive! I preferred Philbrick's The Big Dark, but am debating this one. I like the cover.
Suzan Jackson
This middle-grade survival story is set in Alaska during a blizzard, with a pack of starving wolves drawing closer to a ragtag group of people. Riveting & compelling. Read my full review:
This was well written, thrilling and very atmospheric. A lovely read! I also loved the cover, so pretty.
Shannon DiFede
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love Love Love! Now I think I might be impartial because I have a husky so I love stories about winter, Alaska, wolves and such. This story is so much more though! Sloan is a fantastic main character who feels real, almost like she could be the kid sitting next to you in class. Her journey from her town, with the band of characters she picks up along the way, is hilarious, creepy, daring, and amazing all at once.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars. I received this book from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may remember that I hosted a cover reveal for Hear The Wolves. I’m on the street team for Victoria Scott, so I was able to see the cover before it was officially released. I loved Scott’s duology, Fire & Flood. I knew that as soon as I could I would request her first middle grade novel.

With all that being said, Hear The Wolves fell a little flat for me. I really e
Victoria Scott
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Usually, my book ideas come with a bang. I’m driving, or half asleep, or listening to a friend tell a story and suddenly–bam!–I’m reaching for my phone, typing out the plot as fast as that blasted autocorrect function will allow. But not this time. This book came like a whisper while I slept. And it came on wolf feet.

A year ago, as a winter storm rocked the eastern coast, I laid in bed wondering what all those people would do if they didn’t have snow plows, or all-night pharmacies, or giant groc
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was fantastic from first page to last. Like The Gray, but better, with a 12yo female protagonist who actually has something to live for.

I couldn't put it down. The characters were so familiar, but maybe it's because half of my family comes from a tiny mountain village in Northern Idaho, where snow-ins, winter food stockpiles, and hunting to feed your family are all commonplace. The author really nailed the kinds of personalities that populate a place like that.

If you like realistic survival
Domini Phillips ~Bookish Friends Reviews~
Sloan use to be independent, that was until she became lost in the forest surrounding her Alaskan home. Now she can barely stray from her father or sisters side. That is until she's left behind.
Left behind with little food and supplies, Sloan heads to the towns church where she meets up with the few others that stayed behind, but when disaster strikes it changes everyone's course sending them back into the woods for help as a blizzard bears down on them.
I found 'Hear the Wolves' to be an exhil
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middlegrade
A frightening middle grade survival story, set during a blizzard in Alaska and featuring some stranded kids and a pack of hungry wolves. Perfect to read on a snow day, and realistically scary.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
She didn’t want to be left home alone yet her father thought she was ready, had the village knew what was to transpire, other arrangements would have been made. The problem started a while back when the townsfolk thought that they were helping the community by clearing out the trees but this only lead to more serious complications as it affected the wildlife that surrounded Rustic. Rustic had altered the animal food-chain and they would feel it’s effects.

Sloan realizes a snowstorm is making its
Amanda Heck

I did not realize this was a middle-grade book. It's a little heavy to be classified as one in my opinion!
"Hear the Wolves" was short, sweet, shocking, and simple. I loved its language and description concerning the wilderness and pulse-pounding feeling of being in Alaska during a blizzard.

That being said, I believe this story is lacking in its plot. It's almost TOO easy, and some aspects of it are left under-developed. The beginning had me confused, and then it just launches into
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Victoria Scott is the acclaimed author of nine novels including FIRE & FLOOD, THE COLLECTOR, and the upcoming WE TOLD SIX LIES (January 2019). Victoria’s books have been YALSA-nominated, have appeared on the prestigious Spirit of Texas Reading Program, and have been included on Bank Street College of Education's Best Books of the Year list. She’s been featured in USA Today, Girls’ Life Magazine, a ...more

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