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Lone Wolf

(Wolves of the Beyond #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  8,867 ratings  ·  619 reviews
Spinoff from owl Guardians of Ga'hoole introduces Faolan, newborn wolf pup with a twisted leg. Harsh code of the pack demands such weakness be abandoned on a desolate hill. But alone in the wilderness, Faolan does not perish - a tale of survival, courage, and love triumphant.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Scholastic Press
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Jul 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-like
I was really surprised that I didn't like this one. I had enjoyed what I had read of Lasky's Ga'hoole series, and I was expecting this to be comparable in quality to that.

There were two main issues I had with this book. The first one is that it is horribly dull. The beginning was very exciting, but the first two parts were uninteresting. It didn't help that the main character doesn't have that much of a personality. It started to pick up around the end, but it was too little too late for me.

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Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, kids
This book was recommended to me by my 9-yr old son. He read it in class and loved it and thought I would enjoy it as well. I am so glad I read it, it was a really well told story of a wolf named Faolan who was born "malcadh" which meant he had some type of disability which in his case was a splayed paw with a swirl on the bottom pad. Malcadh pups are taken away and left to die to keep the packs strong and healthy. Faolan was rescued by a grizzly bear named Thunderheart who had just lost a cub an ...more
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My 11 year old son's rating.

I've struggled with the ratings on the last several middle grade books we've listened to; that's why I'm just putting my son's rating. :-/
Chelsea Trent
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is of a series of 4 books with the mystifying adventures of a young wolf pup named Foalan. I am currently reading the 2nd book: Watch Wolf. Growing up i've had an undying passion for wolves, i raised two wolf pups, Megan and Shiba, of which I found as orphans and decided to adopt them. My friend recommended this book to me as she noticed i am obsessed with wolves. This book tells of a wolf pup who was exiled from his pack due to being "diffirent" Seperated from his pack and parents, he ...more
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book frustrated me. I loved Laskey's past series on owls so it could only be assumed that this book would be similar but with wolves. However, it wasn't.

A few of my problems included -

-This book was a lot of "tell" not show. There were pages of descriptions, describing wolf packs, habits, personality, behaviors. There isn't a lot of character interaction, and it almost feels like I'm reading a textbook. The author picks up conversations in the last 30 pages or so but by then it lost me.

Cherie S.
Oct 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Honestly, this was not a favorite. The main character was baby wolf, he was adorable and raised by a dear mama bear, but the author added a lot of nonsense to the book. It was clearly not written by a Christian. I didn't like the paganish/environmentalist ring to the whole story. I'm sure there are a lot of better dog and wolf stories out there!
Zach Densley
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I feel as if this series is very good.Personally I think LONE WOLF is the best book out of all of the books i've ever read . it starts out with an a pup named foalan that was taken by an obea to his tummfraw to die.his tummfraw was a icey river that will soon break into a massive river.And before you know it he was saved by a grizzly mother that was named thunder heart by foalan and soon became his mother.The massive bear took care of him and tought him many things. I can think of a couple of th ...more
Rachel Harris
(Written by my ten-year-old daughter as part of a Language Arts assignment)

The Wolves of the Beyond, The Lone Wolf, by Kathryn Lasky is a thrilling novel about a wolf pup named Faolan as he embarks on the journey of a lifetime. This book has enticed many readers and will leave you hunting for more as you learn of a destiny written in the stars...

When a she-wolf named Moragg gives birth to a pup with a splayed paw, she knows the rules of her clan force her to leave him to
Elizabeth Dragina
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lovable and twisty
Lisa Brunton
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
The first half was good but it got very boring and no plot I'm not reading the rest of the series
Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lowest-rated
I want to start off by saying that I generally love Kathryn Lasky's books- I read all but a couple of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series and all of her additions to the Royal Diaries series and thought they were fantastic. This book however was surprisingly dull. I wanted so much to like this book and, it being a kind of "kid's book" thought I would finish it in about a day when it actually took me about 3-4 days. I had to force myself to pick it up and slog through it- working diligently just to ...more
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Nov 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
Being a fan of animal fantasies, I decided to buy this quick read at my school book fair. Not worth the ten dollars. At least, not yet.

This book starts off fairly amazing, with creative ranks and how the Packs work. I did realize how large the writing font was, and it slightly worried me. But I'm used to reading short books, like Warriors.
Anyway, the writer did seem to know what she was talking about. Being a wolf lover myself, I know tons of facts about these beautiful creatur
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A student who is in my yearbook class was so excited when he saw my classroom library that he came bounding over to me the first week and asked me, "You have so many books! So you read a lot, right? Have you read Wolves of the Beyond?!" He was so excited. And how can a teacher kill a kid's excitement in 2 seconds? By answering, "No. I'm not sure what that is..." Well, he was so flabbergasted by my lack of knowledge that he brought me the book to read, pretty much commanding
Steven R. McEvoy
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This story was amazing! It reads like a cross between The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling and A Wolf Story by James Byron Huggins, both of which I love and have reread many times. The story is powerful and compelling. It is the first book set in the world of Ga'Hoole that does not focus primarily on the Owl kingdoms. It was wonderful to read, and I immediately started book two after finishing book one. I could not wait until I had even written my review. I had to know what happened next.
Apr 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Born with a splayed paw with an odd spiral design on the pad, Faolan is left to die. But Fate intervenes and the moments old wolf pup is quickly adopted by a heartbroken grizzly bear, affectionately named Thunderheart. Lone Wolf is the story of Faolan's first year of life.

I have not yet read the previous owl series by the same author, so I really had no idea what to expect. I was more than pleasantly surprised and am looking forward to sharing this book and the rest in the series wit
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a wolf pup, named Faolan, who was abandoned as a cub due to a strange marking on his paw and twisted leg. Thunderheart, a bear who just lost her cub, finds Faolan and cares for him. One day, Faolan goes out hunting in a cold winter storm. He gets lost and can't find Thunderheart. Then, he wanders off into the Outermost, a place where dangers and other wolves lurk. Will Faolan find out what happened to Thunderheart and survive the Outermost? Read to find out.

My favorite part w
Nov 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review by Grace, age 8, 4/20/19

Floron was a wolf with a splayed paw. This means one of his paws has a spiral cut on it, and he was born like that. The wolves had rules that if any of the young pups have a splayed paw, twisted hip, no tail, or any kind of disease or disability they would be given to a special she-wolf called an "obra" who would set the pups down by the rushing river and leave them to - you know - die.
The parents of those wolves would be set out of the tribe, never to
Meg B
Jun 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
I disliked the way the story was told. The way the book would switch people's point of view or how the setting and people would change between chapter and chapter and with no warning was a little confusing. Plus new characters would be introduced with no reason to the main plot. The plot itself was vague and hard to find as well. The prologue they gave at the beginning didn't help anything but set the story up and give the smallest amount of background knowledge. One thing that did bring up the ...more
Feb 15, 2018 rated it liked it
The author was very creative in coming up with these characters and this world. But the story itself was very uneventful to me. I was listening to the audiobook and I would find myself tuning out too frequently. I’m still curious about the next book though. Maybe it’ll redeem the series.
Sophia Luo
Jul 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is a really boring book and it's full of complicated words. I don't want to read the rest of the series.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing story about a wolf pup who is raised by a bear and sets out to prove his worth as a wolf. Great plot, characters, and writing style.

A major theme of this story about judgement, specifically that we should not make hasty judgements, especially not based on appearance. Faolan was judged by the packs and clans for being born with a symbol on his paw fur, which they thought was a curse. They tried to kill him, but he was rescued by a bear who cared for him even though
Melinda Voong
Nov 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Personally, it wasn't that interesting to me. It doesn't have that much... Excitement, a hook to catch me on. I mean, the main thing I disliked though was the blandness of the main character.

The main character was too... How should I put this? Too overpowered. I get it's fictional, but this is based on survival and that kind of stuff, right? Then wolves should not be able to walk on two legs, be able to jump and pull down a cougar, and jump over a huge wall of fire. Like, seriously.
Feb 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first discovered Lasky when I saw the stunning and emotional Guardians movie in theaters. The beautiful animation and the heartfelt story grabbed me and never let me go until the end.

Unfortunately when I picked up the book series Guardians of Ga'Hoole, I found myself disappointed. The story wasn't nearly as gripping at the plotline of the movie (which they changed quite a bit), and the characters felt flat and one-dimensional. I read the first three books of the series and no more.
May 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: animal
This book was pretty good for what it was. I am loathe to give it three stars because it was better than that, but four seems too much so we'll settle with 3.5. I didn't realize til I picked it up at a Goodwill, but apparently this book is a continuation of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series of which I know next to nothing about. (Except owls. I knew it had to do with owls.) Anyway, I really liked the way the book started it, but the middle section was kind of meh. I'm always a fan of animals havi ...more
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lone Wolf by Kathryn Lasky tells the beginning of an abandoned wolf who is taken in by a bear who cares for him in his young age. The main and lone character, Faolan is nursed by Thunderheart, a lone female bear who is prepping for winter. The story leads with a heart warming tone, but some subtle events and actions eventually progress the story into a suspenseful and gruesome story of a lone wolf in a cruel world.
The story does a good job in providing more and more questions for the main chara
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I think this book is really good in some parts and sad in other parts. a summary of this book would be, in the beggining a mom wolf had three cubs and one cub has a splayed paw so a wolf of the pack has to take the wolf to a spot where it can't survive a mama bear finds the cub and takes it as its own because her cubs were eaten by another animal. also in the begginig the wolf is finally loved by someone. in the middle the mama bear teaches the cub to hunt and to catch its own fish. the mama bea ...more
Zach D
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The book Wolves Of The Beyond,Lone Wolf Was surprisingly great. First the small wolf that was born with a splayed paw was put on a river by an obea(a wolf that puts pups in places to die) for death.
The small pup does the unthinkable he survives.He was saved by a grizzly and mothered by her too.After winter,the pup named foalan finds out that his mother is gone.Now he has to find a pack and serve as a gnaw wolf with a life of torture.also the little pup is always making new friends.then goi
Kurt Seipp
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a book that will appeal to those who always want to cheer for the little guy and see him over come the obstacles they are faced with. The story is about a wolf pup who is abandoned do to his birth defect and has no one to turn to and left for dead. He is found by a mother bear who raises him the way she would raise her cub. Now the young wolf must adapt to his new way of life and find his own way when his mother is taken away from him and he truly becomes a loan wolf. It has a very descr ...more
Raymond Xu
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was really bored so I took out a random back from my book shelve and I started reading this. The book was interesting enough for me to read the whole thing.

The theme of this book is not to care what others think or say to you. Faolan is a wolf, but later got separated from his parents because he was deformed. He was raised by a grizzly, thinking his parents abandoned him. Faolan is a strong both physically and literally. He is bold and doesn't care what people say to him. In it st
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Kathryn Lasky is the American author of many critically acclaimed books, including several Dear America books, several Royal Diaries books, 1984 Newbery Honor winning Sugaring Time, The Night Journey, and the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series.

She was born June 24, 1944, and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is married to Christopher Knight, with whom she lives in Massachusetts.

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