Baree: The Story of a Wolf-Dog

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The thrilling adventure of a half-tame, half-wild wolf pup, born of a dog father and blind wolf mother, who must survive alone in the Canadian wilderness.

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The thrilling adventure of a half-tame, half-wild wolf pup, born of a dog father and blind wolf mother, who must survive alone in the Canadian wilderness.

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"A timeless tale…Curwood captures the simplicity and beauty of nature without becoming sentimental. " —ALA Booklist

"One of the most engaging novels you will ever read." —The Family Bookshelf

"Baree's dramatic coming of age entails such key moments as letting out his first wolf howl; realizing that there are creatures more powerful than he in the wild; and having a pack of wolves turn on him…A sensitively written novel—about life in the wild and especially about how animals may perceive experiences—that's bound to find fans." —Kirkus Reviews

"Cliffhanging adventures abound for Baree through the course of the story, and Curwood's natural storytelling abilities coupled with his knowledge of the wilderness makes them realistic and believable. This is an exciting, colorful tale that…ranks with the work of Jack London." —Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal
YA-- An adventure-filled, realistic novel about the first year in the life of Baree, who is torn between his wolf-half and his dog-half, and who must learn to survive and be accepted in two worlds. He is befriended by a young girl and her trapper father, whom he defends against her father's boss, the personification of evil. Curwood's excellent power of description helps readers witness the beauty of and death in nature. However, his strength is in enabling readers to empathize with Baree. The sentences are short and easy to read, making this a quality choice for reluctant readers. Concern over the success of the villain will entice them to keep reading. The heroine is almost too pure and the villain almost too evil, but it fits in this story. Sometimes it is necessary to look to the context for meaning since there are untranslated Indian and French phrases. Select this for booktalks with remedial English classes, unless teachers have already chosen it for class assignments and discussions.-- Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
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Meet the Author

Michigan-born James Oliver Curwood, author of thirty-three books, was one of the world's most popular adventure writers, often ranked in a class with Jack London and Zane Grey. Curwood's realm was the North and Northwest; his assets, a remarkable imagination and insight into animals, a love of nature, and a born storytelling gift. He was a seasoned hunter and tracker himself when he faced the open jaws of a grizzly who chose not to kill him. The encounter transformed him and became the inspiration for his novel The Bear, which was the basis for Jean-Jacques Annaud's film success.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2006

    One of the greatest wilderness adventures I've ever read!

    'Baree, the story of a Wolf-Dog' is one of the greatest wilderness adventures I've ever read. Curwood's descriptions of the Canadian wilds are so detailed I can easily imagine it, even though I've never been there. The story is about a wolf dog that is separated from his parents at a young age, and learns to survive in the wilderness alone. Eventually he meets the fur trapper and his daughter, who Baree learns to trust and protect. This story just makes you want to keep reading it, as most of the chapters end with a cliffhanger, and as the story progresses the villain gets more persistant... This is a must read!

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