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Swift, a young wolf cub, lives with his pack in the mountains learning to hunt, competing with his brothers and sisters for hierarchy, and watching over a new litter of cubs. Then a rival pack attacks, and Swift and his family scatter.

Alone and scared, Swift must flee and find a new home. His journey takes him a remarkable one thousand miles across the Pacific Northwest. T
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Hardcover, 243 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Greenwillow Books
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Brooklander #1 Night all way. I mean she's a Black Wolf and she won't even lower her tail. I imagine she carries this vibe that says, "You not going to get me to bow…moreNight all way. I mean she's a Black Wolf and she won't even lower her tail. I imagine she carries this vibe that says, "You not going to get me to bow down. I'm my own Wolf and I'm gonna keep it that way." But that's just my opinion.(less)
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Mischenko
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Wolf Called Wander is a middle-grade book about a wild wolf pup named Swift. After getting separated from his family, his survival instincts kick in, and he is exposed to many dangers including starvation, hunters, and other animals to name a few. As he navigates through the dangerous lands, he remembers everything he learned from his parents and puts it all into practice. The questions are: What path will Swift take, and will it ever lead him back to his family?

The story is based on the true
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karen
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this is such a good middle grade animal book. based on the real-world wolf OR-7 (aka journey), A Wolf Called Wander tells the story of a wolf cub separated from his pack and his struggles to stay alive in a confusing world full of the dangers and difficulties that face a wolf too young to have learned how to survive on his own—to know what to eat, what to avoid eating, where to seek help, and when to be cautious.

it’s a fairly realistic depiction of nature—it doesn’t disney-sugarc
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I loved this little book based on the real wolf OR-7. Of course the author had to add in a bit about hunters which I despise. I wanted to be a poacher hunter when I was little until I realized I couldn’t do that. Seems effed up that dicks can get away with killing our protected species though. Don’t even comment CRAP on my review either or you will be deleted and blocked I’m a wildlife activist and have no time for idiot excuses about wildlife.

ANYHOO! I loved this little book and may OR-7’s fam
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Sarah Theis
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Cute but emotional read. Did I cry? Yes, yes I did. The illustrations are a nice touch to the story.
Celia McMahon
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A huge thank you to Edelweiss and Andersen for a chance to review this book ahead of its release date.

In this heartfelt and stunning story, we find ourselves seeing life through the eyes of a wolf named Swift. Even as a pup, Swift was as determined as ever to find a place within his pack. Until one day, their pack is attacked by outsides and displaced. Swift finds himself alone. Without the proper tools to survive, he eats small rodents and insects to stay alive. After he's injured, Swift is vi
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Skip
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it
A fictionalized version of the famous wolf, known as OR7, who wanders 1,000 miles. See also the book Journey by Emma Bland Smith. Nobody knows why Swift/OR7 headed south, but Parry posits that he was chased away by a rival pack of wolves. Swift is the fastest of all his siblings and dreams of leading the pack someday, like his father. He battles predators (human and animals), highways, forest fires, hunger and thirst as he seeks lupine companionship and a suitable habitat. He suffers in his long ...more
Ms. Yingling
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
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Swift lives near the mountains with his pack; father, mother, and several siblings, including Warm, the smallest and most fragile. They hunt, snuggle in their den, and hunt small animals. When the pack is attacked by another pack, Swift is badly injured and separated from his family. He barely survives, and travels to try to locate his loved ones. His only companion is a raven, with whom he shares some food. This gives him comfort, but a wolf alone is not a happy one. At
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Abigail
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: (With Caveat) Young Animal & Wolf Lovers
Born into the darkness of his den, the wolf pup Swift first understands the world through smell. One of five cubs, he is named for his eagerness to explore, and the swiftness of his development and movement. Soon initiated into the life of the pack, he comes to love everything about his home in the mountains. But when his family is attacked and scattered by a rival pack of wolves intent on securing the mountain for their own, Swift finds himself embarking on an epic journey, and struggling to su ...more
Michele Knott
I didn't know what to expect with this one, but what I got was an amazing survival story that is full of heart. Swift, a young wolf, is separated from his pack and must survive on his own. He ends up on a journey where he learns to survive and live on his own, but he never gives up on finding his own family. The book does not shy away from animal instinct and survival (some blood and gore described especially in the hunting for food parts), but is very respectful about the circle of life.
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Jenna Nicholls
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Listened to the audiobook with my five and a half year old — it is a middle grade novel but she loved it. A Wolf Called Wander offered a powerful and engaging perspective while also touching on very real behaviors and experiences of wild animals. This is the kind of book that sparks the light in future naturalists.
Melanie  Brinkman
It's time to see survival from a pair of the most misunderstood eyes on the planet.

For Swift, a young wolf cub, life is simply as it should be. Days spent in the mountains learning to hunt, competing with his brothers and sisters for hierarchy, and watching the new litter, life couldn't be better. But then Swift's pack is broken up by rivals, sending them all scattering.

Now Swift's days are haunted by endless questions. Survival is a challenge, and how, if he can, will he find home?

A story of i
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Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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I picked this book up preciously because it's exactly the kind of book I would have picked up when I was in middle school. The book reminded me a bit of A Dog's Life: The Autobiography of a Stray , but this is from the POV of a wolf. This is a fairly quick read, the language is short and to the point. It really read the closest it could to the consciousness of a wolf. At times I had to translate what the wolf
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Beth
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*NOTE: I read a bound galley for this, so there may be changes and I can't comment on the artwork, as it was not included (sadly).*

I am a wolf-lover. Have been for years. I feel like they've been unfairly demonized for so many years, and that they have a valuable place in our ecosystem - other than to be classified as "vermin" or "pests" or "evil". Of course, that means I'm somewhat familiar with OR-7 (otherwise known as Journey), the wolf that the book is based off of. So...I was curious. Curio
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LS Johnson
Anthropomorphic books are probably my least favorite books to read. This one took me many tries to get in to and understand the “voice” of the character. I actually found an audio version and listened to the first few chapters so I could get a feel of the flow, then I could read the text. Clearly, from other star ratings, I am in the minority, which is good. Books appeal to people differently. I think there is only a specific type of student/patron who might enjoy this book. My rating is based o ...more
Jiny S
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully touching story about a wolf trying to survive and find a place of belonging. The story is poignant in its simplicity, and yet there’s so much drive that keeps the reader engaged until the very end, which ultimately culminates into a touching ending. It’s an extra bonus that the story is based on a real wolf. I also enjoyed the facts about different animals at the end. It really brings back the curiosity of nature from childhood.
Anna Taylor
Warning: if Bambi made you cry then just be prepared for some fluffy wolves joining in the circle of life. Totally well done, accessible vocabulary, and illustrations throughout make me want to give this to a third grader who wants adventure and to have FEELS.
Terry Johnson
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
such writing descriptions! loved this
Robyn
A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry

I am not sure who the intended audience is for this book... I only know that I fit into whatever group that is. The book starts at an early age for Swift and his sibs who have various personalities. He grows up in a great home with a loving Mother and Father and Growl who teach him all sorts of great wolf things. Life is great for the first year and Mother produces another litter that has exited the den when a band of wolves infringe on Mother and Father's marked territory and make the chall
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Elizabeth☮
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this book about a wolf’s incredible journey to find his home. When his pack is challenged by another pack, Swift is separated from his family. He travels thousands of miles in an effort to find a home; in doing so, he renamed himself Wander. Wander is the narrator. I loved the inner dialogue. Parry really takes into the mind of the animal and it is quite convincing.

The story is accompanied by illustrations that add to the story. The drawings are creatively placed on the page allowing for
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Kim Merrick
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this story! This is exactly the kind of story I loved reading when I was a kid! This was a beautifully written story about a wolf's incredible journey to find a place to call home. I loved the way the author told the story from the wolf's point of view and created a story that made you really care about the wolf and what happens to him. I also love that this whole story is based off of the true story of a wolf named OR-7 (or Journey). I am a huge fan of conservation and protec ...more
Linda
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh gosh, I loved this one, and gobbled it up in one sitting. I won an ARC from HarperCollins through Goodreads giveaways, and I so appreciated the chance to read this awesome story.

I have followed the journey of OR-7, the actual wolf who traveled such a long distance through Oregon and Northern California and back to Oregon again. And being a nature and animal lover, I so wanted to understand what would make an animal do this. Rosanne Parry not only wondered, she wrote the story from the wolf’s
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Pam  Page
Parry has written a book that will appeal to animal and nature lovers. Based on the true story of a wolf named OR-7, who really traveled over 1000 miles (a tracker was used to document this), the story is told from Wander's point of view and in Wander's voice. This makes for a lot of inferring as Wander describes situations without the names of "objects" as we would use (guns, trucks, horses). These descriptions really put the reader in Wander's mind, thinking like a wolf might think exploring t ...more
Leah
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story! If you love animals and nature you would love this book.

Reminded me a lot of White Fang but better! A Wolf Called Wander and White Fang are both about a wolf being lost from it's original pack and has to survive and protect itself from wild nature and predators. It also reminded me of the book Hatchet because of the children's/survival genre.

I loved how Wander made allies with a raven and how the wolf respects it's kills and shares it with other animals.

I really liked how this st
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Amy
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This beautiful story places the reader squarely in the mind of a wolf separated from his pack. Inspired by the true life events of an actual wolf named ‘Or-7’ aka ‘Journey,’ Rosanne Parry deftly imagines the trek of a pack animal thrust into a solitary challenge. Parry does not shy away from what it means to be a high-tier carnivore. Hunting is visceral and thankfully Parry depicts these scenes with respect for all animals in the food chain as well as accuracy.
Carol
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book for any nature lovers. Based on the real wolf OR-7, I loved following his journey to make his own pack.

Bonus points: Nate Blakeslee's American Wolf: a true story of survival and obsession in the west, was one of the cited sources. Which tops my list of best nonfiction that I try and force people to read.
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Jefna
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here is a beautiful, harrowing middle-grade tale that reads like a classic. Experience a human's educated guess at what life may be like inside the mind of a wolf. Follow Swift through adversity, heartache and over a journey of hundreds of miles to find what he desires more than food and territory--his pack. A middle-grade must read. If you loved The One and Only Ivan, check this out. ...more
Peacegal
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars -- Based upon the story of a real wolf who separated from his Oregon pack and roamed hundreds of miles to create a new territory in California, A WOLF CALLED WANDER is an exciting, beautifully-written animal adventure filled with realistic black-and-white artwork.

As the book is straightforward in its telling of the perils of life in the wild--including scenes of territorial fights, injury, and predation--I would surmise it best for upper elementary to middle school readers, depending
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Lindsay
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving this book 4 stars because while it isn't my favorite genre or really my cup of tea, I do think it's well written. My students loved it. The story follows a young wolf, Swift/Wander, who sets off alone after his pack is attacked. It's written in first-person from the perspective of a wolf, so the writing is quite choppy and everything is described very simply. It both made for a quick read and a bit of a repetitive one. I did find the wolf's journey to be pretty interesting- he comes a ...more
Sheila
Rosanne Parry doesn’t anthropomorphize her animals in this middle grade wolf story. Rather, she recreates the thoughts of the wordless, with vivid imagery and powerful senses, inviting readers to see through different eyes. The howl, the wag, the new wolf, the bird… each part of this wolf’s world is beautifully drawn (and beautifully illustrated by artist Monica Armino). The story may, in part, be familiar to Oregonians, reminding us of a wolf that did indeed wander far and wide in search of a m ...more
Tracy
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
Amazing clearly told story of being a wolf pack member, incorporating a real wolf's journey to a new place. Great info at the end and actual references! ...more
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