The Boy Who Howled

The Boy Who Howled

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by Timothy Power
     
 

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As far back as he can remember, Callum has been living in the wild as the furless mascot of a wolf pack. But when his pack sends him back to live with his own kind, fitting in is quite a challenge. He doesn't remember English well and introduces himself as "Clam." Then when he tries to impress an Alpha boy in school by stealing his food, people seem offended! Can

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As far back as he can remember, Callum has been living in the wild as the furless mascot of a wolf pack. But when his pack sends him back to live with his own kind, fitting in is quite a challenge. He doesn't remember English well and introduces himself as "Clam." Then when he tries to impress an Alpha boy in school by stealing his food, people seem offended! Can Callum find a way to make humans his pack? This hilarious and inventive story will have readers rooting for Callum.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Callum is living with wolves because his parents accidentally left him behind on a family camping trip years earlier. Although he has become part of the pack, his wolf mother realizes that he needs to leave. She finds clothing for him and takes him to the edge of human civilization. A benevolent woman cleans him up and offers him a train ticket into the city. Power writes formally, causing readers to believe that Callum is living in the early 20th century, but this is not the case—the story takes place in today's world. The Boy Who Howled leaps into suspended reality: Callum speaks English perfectly within pages of entering society, accidentally attending the same school as his twin sister, and meets his father at the zoo where an elephant paints great works of art. The novel finishes neatly with Callum being reunited with his family. The characters aren't interesting and the plot isn't compelling. Disappointing.—Patty Saldenberg, George Jackson Academy, New York City
Kirkus Reviews

"Dad would sometimes pee on him, to mark him with his scent, and Mom would seem to smile, and everything would be right with the world." Human boy Clam Firehead was raised by wolves, literally. The other wolves regard him with some embarrassment as their "furless mascot," and it's everything Mom Wolf can do to keep Dad from "feasting ravenously on his warm, bloody guts." When this danger finally becomes too great, she steals a private-school uniform from a nearby camper and sends her precious cub off into the human world. Thus begins a positively giddy comedy of errors, as Clam applies his hard-earned wolf-pack lessons to Hargrove Academy for the Gifted, Bright, and Perceptive Child, slowly unveils shadowy memories of his pre-lupine life and happens to meet a girl who is exactly his height and has his exact shade of fiery red hair. While amiable satire and cheap laughs abound, an overriding sweetness prevails as the likable Clam ironically brings a good dose of humanity to the civilized world. (Fiction. 9-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599908526
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
06/19/2012
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

TIMOTHY POWER holds an art degree from the California Institute of the Arts and has worked as a prop designer for Nickelodeon and other cartoon studios. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California, where he is a substitute teacher.?www.timothypower.me/blog

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Boy Who Howled 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many laugh-out-loud moments. We picked it up due to the cute cover; my boys are loving the story, as are my husband and I (who read ahead to see how it turns out!).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
K.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looked around. She wish she had friends......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grrrrrr
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello?
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Hello?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes. Only sometimes at night
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Flicked her awkward tail
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wont be on for a few days will be bak maybe teusday evening
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks anyways ill ask her if shes on ( she bows her head and pads off)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Da fuq?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I made through my youth lock-in & didnt go to sleep except for a teensy bit during the second movie we watched but other than that, i stayed up for 11 hours straight. And the best part...IM NOT TIRED...yet. ;-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My wifi is out good bye forever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got this at the recommendation of a friend and just want to pass along that this is a really fun read. Great for the 3rd-6th grade set, although older kids and adults will enjoy, too. Funny, full of imagination, and informative in a lot of ways. Can see the ending coming, but was happy it turned out as it did! Wait for the paperback if you must, but do check it out.