Eye of The Wolf

Eye of The Wolf

by Troon Harrison
     
 

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In 2205, the world is in the grip of another Ice Age, the end result of a chain of environmental reactions to humankind's activities. The North is snowbound, impoverished and starved; the border between it and the South is heavily guarded.

And somehow, Chandra has to cross that border, illegally and without papers, and make her way through a green land she's

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In 2205, the world is in the grip of another Ice Age, the end result of a chain of environmental reactions to humankind's activities. The North is snowbound, impoverished and starved; the border between it and the South is heavily guarded.

And somehow, Chandra has to cross that border, illegally and without papers, and make her way through a green land she's never seen. She's prepared to fight for her life, with her bare hands and feet - tiger leaping, snake on rock. But she'll have to trust for her life, too, bartering for everything she needs, depending on the kindness of strangers.

For the stakes are high, and get higher the farther Chandra goes. What begins as a search for her missing mother becomes a race against a deadly virus. What begins as Chandra refusing to give in to her own dark side becomes Chandra fighting for the lives of everything and everyone she loves.

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Children's Literature
In the far future, most of North America is covered in perpetual snow. Chandra lives in a world where schools close down, every house must take in refugees, and the border between the still-warm south and frigid north is strictly regulated. When Chandra's mother disappears, Chandra believes that she left her intentionally. Chandra shuts down emotionally and focuses all her energies into becoming a Spirit Walker. After a time, she begins to wonder if her mother did leave willingly. Chandra sets out on a dangerous journey to the south, following the trail of Diego, a man her mother met shortly before her disappearance. Chandra barters a wolf cub she found to ensure safe passage across the border with the help of a Snow Warrior. She finds Diego's house. And with the help of Will, a boy whose father works for Diego, Chandra is able to find her mother. While planning her mother's escape, Chandra discovers Diego's plot to infect all the people of the north with a deadly virus. Chandra undertakes the task of exposing Diego's plan and rescuing her fellow northerners. This novel of the future is very engaging. Harrison creates a very realistic world and peoples it with interesting characters. Chandra is a very resourceful and sympathetic character and her quest will keep the reader turning pages until the very end. 2003, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Ages 12 up.
—Amie Rose Rotruck
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-In 2205, an ice age has hit Canada. When her mother mysteriously disappears, Chandra, 15, crosses the border into the lands of the prosperous Southern Alliance, where she tracks down the powerful businessman who has kidnapped her mother. Though unable to rescue her at the time, the teen learns of a secret plot to "eliminate" 92 percent of the northern population and returns home to save her fellow citizens. Chandra comes of age during her adventures, learning to conquer her own self-doubts. Spirit Walker studies lead her to some inner knowledge, and also give her some serious fighting skills, which she uses effectively on more than one occasion. Her relationship with a wolf cub she rescued has a spiritual impact on her, and a practical one as the animal aids her in key ways during her quest. The ice-age premise is well developed, but coincidences stretch credulity at times. For instance, as a homeless stranger in Florida, she rescues a boy whose father just happens to work for the man Chandra is trying to track down. Later, she overhears the evil plan because she is hiding in just the right tree at the right time. Such contrivances weaken the story, and when she finally becomes a national hero for saving her people, it's not as satisfying as it might have been. Still, there's plenty of interesting material in this novel, and it has an intriguing premise and a generally well-paced plot.-Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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"The ice-age premise is well developed...plenty of interesting material in this novel and it has an intriguing premise and a generally well-paced plot."

- School Library Journal

"...an excellent adventure story, and first-rate science fiction as well. As science fiction, Eye of the Wolf is serious stuff, not space opera or fantasy with a futuristic window-dressing. It takes as its setting a future based on a "what if" shaped by current scientific speculation, examining the effects of a human-induced ice age on culture and politics at both the local and the global level...the book does what good science fiction should do: it promotes consideration of humanity's potential and current course, of possibilities good and bad to be worked towards or avoided, and it casts a light on aspects of our current society that sometimes slip by us unnoticed...a definite must-have for the school library."

- ResourceLinks

"Strong character development and a chilling storyline make this an exciting read."

- Today's Parent

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550050738
Publisher:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
09/07/2004
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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