Kazan: Father of Baree

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Kazan

Father of Baree

The unforgettable adventures of a wolf-dog

Kazan, three-quarters dog and one-quarter wolf, searches for companionship while struggling to survive the harsh Canadian wilderness. He suffers every threat imaginable, from man and beast alike. Finally, with his courageous mate, Gray Wolf, he befriends humans and travels with them in an adventures trek through...

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Kazan

Father of Baree

The unforgettable adventures of a wolf-dog

Kazan, three-quarters dog and one-quarter wolf, searches for companionship while struggling to survive the harsh Canadian wilderness. He suffers every threat imaginable, from man and beast alike. Finally, with his courageous mate, Gray Wolf, he befriends humans and travels with them in an adventures trek through the frozen Northern wilds.

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This novel follows the life of Kazan, a wolf-dog hybrid, who constantly struggles between the call of the wild and the comforts of the civilized world. Trained as a sledge dog in the Canadian wilderness, Kazan has learned to keep man at arm's length. He knows they provide him with food and shelter, but they also bring with them serious abuse and mistreatment. As a result Kazan obeys but does not trust his masters and constantly seeks an opportunity to break free from the harness which confines him. Despite his deep-seeded suspicions, Kazan develops a love and affection for the caress and tenderness he finds in a woman named Joan, the wife of one of his masters. Yet, his love for Joan is not enough to quell his desire to experience life beyond the safety of his domestic life. Seizing an unexpected opportunity, Kazan bounds off to freedom and the unknown. Once in the wild, Kazan quickly adapts to a life that finds him always on the brink of starvation, battling arctic temperatures, and learning to exist in a delicate balance of nature. Kazan develops a lust for the hunt, learns to survive the harsh Canadian winters, and even finds a life mate in ever-faithful Gray Wolf. The two of them experience all the happiness and cruelty a life-in-the-wild brings with it. Yet, despite Kazan's yearning to remain in the wilderness and the loyalty he feels toward Gray Wolf, who through an unexpected blindness becomes increasingly dependent upon Kazan for her survival, he still finds himself torn between two separate worlds. It is this longing that repeatedly draws Kazan back to civilization. Kazan is always listening, searching for Joan and the peace he felt in her presence. Through many thrillingadventures and gut-wrenching tragedies, Kazan is led in a direction that will ultimately determine his fate and help him decide where he truly belongs. This novel is ideal for older teens and Young Adults who have an interest in animals or wildlife. James Oliver Curwood is a genius at bringing the reader into the mind of Kazan and Gray Wolf, as well as the humans they interact with throughout their adventures. Well written and compelling, this novel is worth a read. 2005, Newmarket Press, Ages 15 up.
—Emily Cook
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557042255
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Series: Medallion Editions for Young Readers Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,422,366
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Michigan-born James Oliver Curwood, author of thirty-three books, was one of the world's most popular adventure writers, often ranked in a class with Jack London and Zane Grey. Curwood's realm was the North and Northwest; his assets, a remarkable imagination and insight into animals, a love of nature, and a born storytelling gift. He was a seasoned hunter and tracker himself when he faced the open jaws of a grizzly who chose not to kill him. The encounter transformed him and became the inspiration for his novel The Bear, which was the basis for Jean-Jacques Annaud's film success.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2008

    AMAZING, SIMPLY AMAZING!

    This is one of those novels that wouldn´t let you sleep until you finish it. Kazan is a piece of art, one of the best books I have ever read. Curwood has the ability to transport you and feel that you are next to Kazan, or even that you are Kazan! You will feel the whips and the love on the first chapters, the starvation, the fights to enter in the wolfs´ hound, the love toward Gray Wolf, the hurts made by the lynx, the fire, the recapture and finally, the freedom. If you are an animals and adventures fan, it´s sure that you will love this novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2005

    One of the best books I've ever read!

    I read this book when I was 5th grade and at first it seemed boring after a few chapters it became very interesting, and it turned out to be the best book I ever read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2002

    This is an enduring classic

    I read this book as a young child. (I am 41 yrs now) My parents had several 'big/little' books as they were called back then. Kazan was among them. I was captivated by the story the first time and read it again at 12 yrs old. I enjoyed it so much that in my 20's, I made certain I special ordered it for my collection before it went out of print. It is an excellent adventure set in the rugged North. Curwood has a gift for weaving a story. If your family and friends network have animal lovers among them, this is a wonderful read. If they don't read much, read it out loud to them. Reading is a great way to enjoy time together and share. Surprisingly, it is much more fun than watching TV together. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2002

    The best

    This book was the best animal book I have ever read. The way that Mr. Curwood describes the movements the characters make, the passion in it, made it better then any other book. Gray Wolf shows how using her other senses besides eyesight is better. The companionship between Kazan and Gray Wolf made it the best book I have ever read. So like the review before mine......I couldn't put it down until I read the whole book!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2001

    I just couldn't put it down!!!!!!!!

    I have always loved books about wolf-dogs. This book was thebest I ever read. Kazan is a wolf-dog who never quite liked humans, but somehow ends up killilg to save one. He knows that he must run away from his master. Who will beet him for what he did. He soon joins a wolf pack and meets his mate GreyWolf. They must flee from the pack and the loyl GreyWolf ends up blind, now Kazan must fight for both of their lives.

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