The Resource Lone wolf, Kathryn Lasky

Lone wolf, Kathryn Lasky

Label
Lone wolf
Title
Lone wolf
Statement of responsibility
Kathryn Lasky
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Abandoned by his pack, a baby wolf with a mysterious mark on his deformed paw survives and embarks on a journey that will change the world of the wolves of the Beyond
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Storyline
Writing style
Character
Review
  • Gr. 5-8 The literary grandchildren of Richard Adams’ Watership Down (1974) proliferate in this complex and nuanced talking-animal adventure. Lasky’s descriptions of a newborn wolf pup’s craving for light, milk, and meat are wonders of sensory economy—immediately you’re invested in his struggle. But wolf custom decrees that he be abandoned to die because of a deformed paw. A childless bear named Thunderheart finds the pup and names him Faolan. Under her guidance, he grows to be unusually strong and savvy. Then a tragic event compels him to seek out his own kind. This is a soulful, searching read consumed with the spiritual journeys of animals and the ethereal connection between slayer and slain. At times it becomes mired in mythos, but when the story lets loose, it pays off, as when Faolan encounters a metalsmithing owl (with connections to Lasky’s Guardians of Ga’hoole series), who rights the wolf’s crooked path. A sedate start to the Wolves of the Beyond series, perhaps, but with an invigorating ending that bodes well for the next volume. -- Kraus, Daniel (Reviewed 12-01-2009) (Booklist, vol 106, number 7, p45)
  • Gr 4–7— A wolf pup is left to die by his pack because his malformed foot is considered bad luck. A grizzly bear, Thunderheart, whose cubs have been killed, rescues Faolan and nurtures him until her accidental death. As the young wolf continues on alone, he discovers "the Cave Before Time" with wall paintings portraying the history of the wolves and realizes that he must return to his own kind and learn their ways. This anthropomorphic fantasy has a number of the traditional characters found in these tales, such as the young outcast Faolan; the wise and solitary Gwynneth, the owl; and the powerfully maternal Thunderheart. The relationship between the wolf and the bear is particularly touching as they develop a strong and loving bond. After her death, the story meanders a bit as Faolan deciphers the message in the cave. As it ends, enough questions remain about his future to leave room for a sequel. Those who enjoy this genre will probably be intrigued enough by this young wolf to tag along on his journey.—Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA --Carol Schene (Reviewed March 1, 2010) (School Library Journal, vol 56, issue 3, p162)
  • Lasky spins off her popular Guardians of Ga'Hoole series into this enchanting first installment of a new series starring wolves, introducing a wolf pup raised by a grizzly bear. The pack casts Faolan, born with a defect in one paw, out to die, but a brokenhearted bear that has just lost her own cub finds him and can't resist nursing him. Lasky merges anthropomorphic fantasy with realistic details about wolves and bears to produce an almost plausible emotional narrative, complete with dialogue and personalities. Thunderheart, Faolan's "milk mother," teaches him to dig and to hunt and explains the bear aspects of the spirit world. Eventually Faolan begins a journey taking him to a cave where he learns the history of the wolves, to a metal-working owl and finally to the wolf clan he will join, although not, perhaps, in the manner those wolves expect. The author builds a captivating world of forest, snow and volcanoes populated by intelligent animals and weaves a compelling story sure to bring readers back for the second installment. (Fantasy. 8-12) (Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2009)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
342784
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DLC
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Lasky, Kathryn
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 7
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True
Series statement
Wolves of the Beyond
Series volume
1
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wolves
  • Courage
  • Fantasy
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Lone wolf, Kathryn Lasky
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
219 p.
Isbn
9780545093101
Lccn
2009017007
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o351313122
  • (OCoLC)351313122
Label
Lone wolf, Kathryn Lasky
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
219 p.
Isbn
9780545093101
Lccn
2009017007
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o351313122
  • (OCoLC)351313122

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