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Old wolf : a fable, by Avi ; illustrated by Brian Floca

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Old wolf : a fable
Title
Old wolf
Title remainder
a fable
Statement of responsibility
by Avi ; illustrated by Brian Floca
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Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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Character
Review
  • Grades 5-8 An aging leader of a wolf pack, a raven, and a teenage boy find themselves face-to-face in this combination of survival tale and coming-of-age story. Nashoba must find food for his pack so they can survive the rest of the winter. Merla, the raven, informs Nashoba that a herd of elk is grazing nearby. They should be easy prey, but the grazing land is also close to where the humans live. Hunger trumps fear as Nashoba scouts the elk herd and then makes the decision to take his pack hunting. At the same time, 13-year-old Case, who lives with his family in this remote part of Colorado, has received a bow for his birthday and now yearns to practice his video-game archery skills in real life. The paths of all three—wolf, raven, and boy—will collide. A young upstart wolf’s attitudes parallel those of the impetuous Case, imparting the message that, sometimes, elders do know better. Featuring detailed pencil drawings by Floca, this is likely to appeal to fans of Gary Paulsen and Will Hobbs. -- Lesesne, Teri (Reviewed 06-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 19, p106)
  • Gr 5 – 7 — Two stories, one animal, one human, set in early spring in the Lodgepole National Forest and environs, converge dramatically in this brief, engaging novel. The opening line "It was the starving time" prefaces the fight between Nashoba, elderly leader of the Iron Mountain wolf pack, and Garby, the young wolf seeking to replace him. Victorious but wounded, Nashoba sets out to find food, reluctantly following the direction of a raven. He heads into the lower Bend Valley, dangerous to wolves because of its human population, and finds a field of elk cows and calves, then returns to persuade the pack to follow him back to this food source. Meanwhile, Casey Seton greets his 13th birthday excited to apply skills from his new archery books and eager to encounter a live wolf reputed to be in the area. His parents' gift is a longbow and arrows, along with soon-to-begin archery lessons to ready him for the fall hunting season. But, left on his own the following day, Casey succumbs to the temptation of trying out his new equipment unsupervised. The narrative's alternating points of view create tension, and the anthropomorphic portrayal of the animals (they think, decide, speak to one another), found in many of Avi's previous books, heighten the drama as wolf and boy come face to face. VERDICT Fast paced and exciting, this accessible novel will appeal to those who enjoy adventure stories.—Marie Orlando, formerly at Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY --Marie Orlando (Reviewed June 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 6, p97)
  • Part survival story and part coming-of-age tale, Avi's (Catch You Later, Traitor) novel is told from the alternating points of view of two hunters: Nashoba, an aging wolf, and Casey, a 13-year-old country boy. Despite a leg injury and growing physical weakness, Nashoba is determined to find food for his pack during the "starving time" in early spring. His desperation drives him into dangerous territory, close to where humans reside. Meanwhile, a short distance away, eighth-grader Casey has just received his first archery set and looks forward to the thrill of hunting, which he has only experienced vicariously through computer games. One snowy day Casey ventures out with his bow and arrows in hopes of finding a target. Nashoba, spurred by need, and Casey, seeking adventure, unknowingly inch closer toward each other. The book's short chapters and steadily rising suspense will appeal to even the most reluctant readers. More seasoned readers will appreciate the story's different levels of meaning and subtle themes beyond the central man-versus-nature conflict. Art not seen by PW. Ages 8–12. Author's agent: Gail Hochman, Brandt & Hochman. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed July 13, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 28, p)
  • A modern-day fable intertwines the stories of a young boy and an old wolf. Like all good fables, this one tells its story with minimal characterization and unabashed moral messages. Wolf Nashoba, an aging pack leader, is desperate to find food for his starving band after the long winter, especially since the brash young wolf, Garby, questions his leadership. Meanwhile, Casey, a just-turned-13-year-old human boy who excels at the video hunting game "Bowhunter," is thrilled when he receives a real bow and arrow for his birthday. Nashoba's and Casey's stories collide when Nashoba leads a hunt—helped by wise, acerbic raven Merla—near Casey's home. Casey, searching for a stray arrow, comes across Merla, who is helping Nashoba, injured during the hunt. On instinct, Casey shoots Merla and then is shocked as he realizes the finality of real-world killing. Although the animals speak to one another in quoted dialogue and exhibit humanlike thought processes, animals and humans do not enjoy mutually intelligible speech. The fable's messages—touching on false pride, the facile violence of virtual reality, age and youth, the coexistence of species, the value of kindness, and a few others—are inevitably diluted by being so numerous, but happily, they offer gentle provocation for thoughtful readers. Floca's black-and-white pencil illustrations, with their attentive, appreciative depictions of the natural world, add real depth and poignancy to the story. Overall, a fine tale that will benefit from being sifted for all its meanings. (Fiction. 8-13)(Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10433784
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1937-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Avi
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ10.3.A965
LC item number
Ol 2015
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 7
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Haywood, Kathleen M
  • Lewis, Catherine F
  • Engh, Douglas
  • Floca, Brian
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wolves
  • Ravens
  • Friendship
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Old wolf : a fable, by Avi ; illustrated by Brian Floca
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • "A Richard Jackson book."
  • "Text material from Archery: steps to succee, third edition by Kathleen M. Haywood and Catherine F. Lewis, and Archery Fundamentals by Douglas Engh, reprinted with permission from Human Kinetics, Inc." -- title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
146 pages
Isbn
9781442499218
Lccn
2014003381
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o870439191
  • (OCoLC)870439191
Label
Old wolf : a fable, by Avi ; illustrated by Brian Floca
Publication
Note
  • "A Richard Jackson book."
  • "Text material from Archery: steps to succee, third edition by Kathleen M. Haywood and Catherine F. Lewis, and Archery Fundamentals by Douglas Engh, reprinted with permission from Human Kinetics, Inc." -- title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
146 pages
Isbn
9781442499218
Lccn
2014003381
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o870439191
  • (OCoLC)870439191

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