Baree: The Story of a Wolf-Dog

Baree: The Story of a Wolf-Dog

by James Oliver Curwood
     
 

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The thrilling adventure story about a half-tame, half-wild wolf pup, born of a dog father and blind wolf mother, who is accidentally separated from his parents and must learn to survive in the Canadian wilderness on his own. He meets otters, rabbits, owls, bears, and beavers, along with humans, from which he eventually learns love, compassion, and loyalty.  See more details below

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The thrilling adventure story about a half-tame, half-wild wolf pup, born of a dog father and blind wolf mother, who is accidentally separated from his parents and must learn to survive in the Canadian wilderness on his own. He meets otters, rabbits, owls, bears, and beavers, along with humans, from which he eventually learns love, compassion, and loyalty.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557041326
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/05/2005
Series:
Medallion Editions for Young Readers Series
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
324,098
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.65(d)
Lexile:
990L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

James Oliver "Jim" Curwood (1878-1927) was an American action-adventure writer and conservationist. His books ranked among Publisher's Weekly top-ten best sellers in the United States in the early 1920s. At least eighteen motion pictures have been based on or directly inspired by his novels and short stories. At the time of his death, he was the highest paid (per word) author in the world. His writing studio, Curwood Castle, is now a museum in Owosso, Michigan.

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