A Wolf Called Wander
A Wolf Called Wander

A Wolf Called Wander

Written and illustrated by Rosanne Parry
Book #1 in the A Voice of the Wilderness Series
8 - 12
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May 7, 2019
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This gripping novel about survival and family is based on the real story of one wolf’s incredible journey to find a safe place to call home. Illustrated throughout, this irresistible tale by award-winning author Rosanne Parry is for fans of Sara Pennypacker’s Pax and Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan. 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. The trip is full of peril, and Swift encounters forest fires, hunters, highways, and hunger before he finds his new home. Inspired by the extraordinary true story of a wolf named OR-7 (or Journey), this irresistible tale of survival invites readers to experience and imagine what it would be like to be one of the most misunderstood animals on earth. This gripping and appealing novel about family, courage, loyalty, and the natural world is for fans of Fred Gipson’s Old Yeller and Katherine Applegate’s Endling. Includes black-and-white illustrations throughout and a map as well as information about the real wolf who inspired the novel.

What Kind of Book is A Wolf Called Wander

Primarily about

wolves, coyotes, and wild dogssurvival storiesjourneys and voyages

What Should I Know As a Parent

Families are unique and have different expectations for the books they choose to read. The following are concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.

Note that this list is not exhaustive and there may be concepts in this book that are not included or have been insufficiently or incorrectly detailed here.

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • This book includes extra information in the back on the backstory on the story of OR-7, the wolf the story is based on. What do you think about the story after realizing it's based on a real wolf?
  • Swift has a great journey with a lot of obstacles. What did you find the most surprising about his journey?


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Book Details

Publication Date
May 7, 2019
Greenwillow Books
Page Count
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Middle Grade
Reading Age
8 - 12 years
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