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A vivid, riveting novel about an abandoned boy who takes up with a pack of feral dogs

Two million children roam the streets in late twentieth-century Moscow. A four-year-old boy named Romochka, abandoned by his mother and uncle, is left to fend for himself. Curious, he follows a stray dog to its home in an abandoned church cellar on the city's outskirts. Romochka makes himself at home with Mamochka, the mother of the pack, and six other dogs as he slowly abandons his human ...

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Overview

A vivid, riveting novel about an abandoned boy who takes up with a pack of feral dogs

Two million children roam the streets in late twentieth-century Moscow. A four-year-old boy named Romochka, abandoned by his mother and uncle, is left to fend for himself. Curious, he follows a stray dog to its home in an abandoned church cellar on the city's outskirts. Romochka makes himself at home with Mamochka, the mother of the pack, and six other dogs as he slowly abandons his human attributes to survive two fiercely cold winters. Able to pass as either boy or dog, Romochka develops his own moral code. As the pack starts to prey on people for food with Romochka's help, he attracts the attention of local police and scientists. His future, and the pack's, will depend on his ability to remain free, but the outside world begins to close in on him as the novel reaches its gripping conclusion.

In this taut and emotionally convincing narrative, Eva Hornung explores universal themes of the human condition: the importance of home, what it means to belong to a family, the consequences of exclusion, and what our animal nature can teach us about survival.

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Publishers Weekly
This gritty, richly imagined tale of an abandoned boy in a Moscow shantytown who comes to live with a pack of feral dogs more than lives up to its unlikely premise. Hornung (Fire, Fire, etc., written as Eva Sallis) tracks young Romochka’s growth over two difficult years from a four-year-old whelp to a taut, street-smart alpha dog. The boy’s evolution from tolerated outsider to trusted leader of this canine crew is believably portrayed, and Hornung capably draws a tawdry world of trash-pickers, beggars, and occasional friends. As he grows, so does his curiosity about the world of humans he has fled, leading to an inevitable collision when Romochka is captured by a scientist who wants to use him to further his career. Hornung knows how to wring emotion from a scene, making the bond between boy and dog deeply felt, while rarely running afoul of sentimentality. In her hands, this engrossing story becomes both an investigation into humanity and a vivid portrait of one of Russia’s millions of lost children. (Mar.)
Library Journal
More akin to Jack London's The Call of the Wild than sentimental boy-and-his-dog stories, this work by the award-winning author of five previous novels published in Australia (as Eva Sallis) is based on a news story about a Russian boy who lived for several years among a pack of dogs. In a post-perestroika Moscow, an abandoned boy follows a dog out of the brutal human world and into that of the pack. He is accepted as one of them, cared for, and in turn relied upon as they struggle for survival through two bitterly cold winters. As his interest in humans grows, so does the danger that comes with human contact. Children raised by wild animals have long fascinated readers, perhaps because they blur the line between human and animal, and this novel examines with compassion and understanding the significance of family, belonging, and the painful sacrifices they sometimes require. VERDICT This intense and moving exploration of what it means to be human and what it means to be animal will appeal to most readers.—Gwen Vredevoogd, Marymount Univ., Arlington, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670021499
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/18/2010
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Eva Hornung is the author of six novels published in her native Australia under the name Eva Sallis. Her work has won several major literary awards in Australia including The Australian/Vogel Literary Award 1997, The Nita May Dobbie Literary Award, The Asher Literary Award 2005, and has been a finalist for the National Fiction Award. She has also written literary criticism, short stories, poems, and articles. She is the co-founder of Australians Against Racism, an organization that raises awareness about social justice through media, arts, and education.
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  • Posted March 13, 2011

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    Great For Dog Lovers

    An interesting look into the mind and behavior of dogs as well as an intriguing story told from the mind of a feral child. A young orphaned boy adopts a pack of dogs as his family and learns to adapt to their lifestyle, followed by his gradual readmission into the world of humans. You may better understand why your dog acts like it does, and a better understanding of the life of a feral child from differing perspectives. A great read, but a bit longer than it needed to be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2010

    Unique and a good read

    The book was not at all what I had expected. I was pleasantly surprised. I found it easy to get into reading the book and it kept me up late a few nights. I thought the ending was going to be very typical, but it took a different turn, which was a nice surprise. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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