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Old Wolf

Old Wolf

Fall 2015 Fiction
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Author: Avi
Illustrator: Brian Floca
ISBN: 978-1442499218
Hardcover Price: $16.99

At the age of eight, Nashoba, the leader of the wolf pack, is old and being challenged by Garby, a younger, stronger male. It's The Starving Time - the end of winter before spring fully develops - and the eight wolves and the two cubs of Nashoba's pack are literally starving. Desperate to find food, Nashoba follows the call of a raven, Merla, who both harasses Nashoba and leads him to a small herd of elk and far too close to the dwelling of humans - including thirteen-year-old Casey Seton.

Casey loves to play video games, especially Bow Hunter where he "hunts and kills" animals. Given an archery set for his birthday, Casey cannot and does not wait to try out his ability, ignoring his parents' instructions.

With Casey coming off as a willful brat, the tension of the plot builds toward an inevitable denouement. Casey and readers learn important differences between video games and reality. An excellent book with wonderful fine-line black ink illustrations by Brian Floca, who makes Nashoba look both soft and old.

Kemie Nix   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

Look for this product at:
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing/Atheneum Books for Young Readers

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