Jack London's Dog

Jack London's Dog

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by Dirk Wales, Barry Moser

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School Library Journal

Gr 5-9

What might have happened to the dog that belonged to Jack London during his days in the Yukon? Jack the dog was the inspiration for Buck in The Call of the Wild , and was left behind when London returned to California. Wales uses his imagination and knowledge of both London's life and the life of gold rush dogs to tell this tale. Using simple but eloquent language, he details Jack's new life with rough and brutal owners, his rescue by a compassionate man, and finally his legendary status as the Avalanche Dog and beloved companion to a nine-year-old girl whom he rescued. Slow paced at first, the narrative builds toward a dramatic rescue and satisfying ending. The book is handsomely designed and illustrated with Moser's relief engravings, which give a stark reality to the scenes. This stately story may not fly off the shelves, but it deserves a place for its own unique qualities and serves as a fine companion piece to The Call of the Wild .-Kathryn Kosiorek, formerly at Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH

Kirkus Reviews
Based on an episode from writer Jack London's life, this is a tale of a Yukon dog named Jack, which London may have known during his brief participation in the Alaskan gold rush. As the story begins, London meets the big dog and they spend the short days and long nights of the Alaskan winter together. When London falls ill and returns to California, he leaves Jack in the North Country to other masters, and the story cuts back and forth from the exploits of the dog to scenes of London writing The Call of the Wild. Jack the dog achieves a measure of fame for heroically saving two people caught in avalanches, while Jack the author does likewise with his writing. Overwrought, amateurish prose drags the narrative down: "The snow formed a white tongue, lashing down the slopes driven by the wind as if the wind itself was after something or someone, though there was no person or animal to be seen." Moser's lovely engravings and a generally high production value give this volume visual interest, but that's not enough to rescue the whole. (Historical fiction. 10-14)

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Great Plains Press
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7.20(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.55(d)
960L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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