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Lone Wolf (Wolves of the Beyond Series #1)

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by Kathryn Lasky
     
 

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From bestselling author Katherine Lasky comes the first book in WOLVES OF THE BEYOND, a stunning new spinoff from her legendary owl series, Guardians of Ga'hoole.

A wolf mother has given birth, but the warm bundle snuffling next to her brings only anguish. The pup, otherwise healthy, has a twisted leg, and the mother knows what the harsh code of the pack demands

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From bestselling author Katherine Lasky comes the first book in WOLVES OF THE BEYOND, a stunning new spinoff from her legendary owl series, Guardians of Ga'hoole.

A wolf mother has given birth, but the warm bundle snuffling next to her brings only anguish. The pup, otherwise healthy, has a twisted leg, and the mother knows what the harsh code of the pack demands. Her pup will be taken from her and abandoned on a desolate hill. The pack cannot have weakness - the wolf mother knows that her pup is condemned to die.

But alone in the wilderness, the pup, Faolan, does not perish. This his story - a story of survival, of courage, and of love triumphant. This is Faolan's story, the wolf pup who rose up to change forevever the Wolves of the Beyond.

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Praise for the first book in the Wolves of the Beyond series.

"This is a soulful, searching read consumed with the spiritual journeys of animals and the ethereal connection between slayer and slain. [W]ith an invigorating ending that bodes well for the next volume." - Booklist

"The author builds a captivating world of forest, snow and volcanoes populated by intelligent animals and weaves a compelling story sure to bring readers back for the second installment." - Kirkus

Booklist – Issue: December 1, 2009

The literary grandchildren of Richard Adams\u2019 Watership Down (1974) proliferate in this complex and nuanced talking-animal adventure. Lasky\u2019s descriptions of a newborn wolf pup\u2019s craving for light, milk, and meat are wonders of sensory economy—immediately you\u2019re invested in his struggle. But wolf custom decrees that he be abandoned to die because of a deformed paw. A childless bear named Thunderheart finds the pup, names him Faolan, and under her guidance he grows to be unusually strong and savvy. Then a tragic event compels him to seek out his own kind. This is a soulful, searching read consumed with the spiritual journeys of animals and the ethereal connection between slayer and slain. At times it becomes mired in mythos, but when the story lets loose, it pays off, as when Faolan encounters a metalsmithing owl (with connections to Lasky\u2019s Guardians of Ga\u2019hoole series), who rights the wolf\u2019s crooked path. A sedate start to the Wolves of the Beyond series, perhaps, but with an invigorating ending that bodes well for the next volume. — Daniel Kraus

Children's Literature - Jeanna Sciarrotta
In the wilderness, where survival depends on being the strongest and the smartest, the wolf pack cannot leave anything to chance. Any wolf pup born with abnormalities is immediately taken from its mother and left to die among the elements. This job is left to the Obea, a barren female wolf. This tale begins when the Obea takes a healthy pup with a splayed front paw bearing a spiral imprint and leaves it to die on an icy riverbank. The pup survives and is adopted by a bear mother who recently lost her cub. She names him Faolan. Faolon grows up strong and healthy. When he eventually meets up with the pack, the encounter will forever change the ways of the Wolves of the Beyond. In this new series, Kathryn Lasky builds on her revered "Guardians of Ga'Hoole" series. Though this story begins slowly, the tension steadily builds and readers will find themselves captivated midway through as they question how one wolf can survive without the pack to protect it. Even those who typically shy away from animal stories will be drawn in to the adventure, and many will forget that the story is about a wolf as Faolon's journey captivates. Book One of the "Wolves of Beyond" series. Reviewer: Jeanna Sciarrotta
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—A wolf pup is left to die by his pack because his malformed foot is considered bad luck. A grizzly bear, Thunderheart, whose cubs have been killed, rescues Faolan and nurtures him until her accidental death. As the young wolf continues on alone, he discovers "the Cave Before Time" with wall paintings portraying the history of the wolves and realizes that he must return to his own kind and learn their ways. This anthropomorphic fantasy has a number of the traditional characters found in these tales, such as the young outcast Faolan; the wise and solitary Gwynneth, the owl; and the powerfully maternal Thunderheart. The relationship between the wolf and the bear is particularly touching as they develop a strong and loving bond. After her death, the story meanders a bit as Faolan deciphers the message in the cave. As it ends, enough questions remain about his future to leave room for a sequel. Those who enjoy this genre will probably be intrigued enough by this young wolf to tag along on his journey.—Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Lasky spins off her popular Guardians of Ga'Hoole series into this enchanting first installment of a new series starring wolves, introducing a wolf pup raised by a grizzly bear. The pack casts Faolan, born with a defect in one paw, out to die, but a brokenhearted bear that has just lost her own cub finds him and can't resist nursing him. Lasky merges anthropomorphic fantasy with realistic details about wolves and bears to produce an almost plausible emotional narrative, complete with dialogue and personalities. Thunderheart, Faolan's "milk mother," teaches him to dig and to hunt and explains the bear aspects of the spirit world. Eventually Faolan begins a journey taking him to a cave where he learns the history of the wolves, to a metal-working owl and finally to the wolf clan he will join, although not, perhaps, in the manner those wolves expect. The author builds a captivating world of forest, snow and volcanoes populated by intelligent animals and weaves a compelling story sure to bring readers back for the second installment. (Fantasy. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545093101
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Series:
Wolves of the Beyond Series, #1
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
546,421
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
890L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Kathryn Lasky is the Newbery Honor-winning author of over one hundred books for children and young adults. Her beloved Guardians of Ga’Hoole fantasy series has sold more than 4 million copies, and she is the author of the Daughters of the Sea series, the Wolves of the Beyond series, as well as A TIME FOR COURAGE and other Dear America titles. Kathryn has also written a number of critically acclaimed nonfiction titles, such as BEYOND THE BURNING TIME and TRUE NORTH. She lives with her husband in Cambridge, MA.

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Lone Wolf 4.7 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 330 reviews.
Windog More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book from the start i opened it! I do have to say that i think reading kathryns first series, Guardians of Ga'Hoole will help you understadn the book better. It mentions a little about the Gaurdians of Ga'hoole and reading those might help explain things when your confused. I didnt read her first series and found it a tad confusing, but i kinda figured it out on my own. I would recamend this book, it is a good read and you wont want to put the book down once you start! I do have to say that i think the age group should be raised up to about ages 10 - 14 or 15. SOme of the language might be hard for an 8 year old.
Possomholler More than 1 year ago
This book is about a baby wolf born with a deformity, so was rejected by the wolves in his pack. It tells of his life adventures living with a mother bear and learning about the other animals of the forest. I think this is a good book about overcoming obstacles in life and growing up. I recommend it to all ages for a feel good light hearted read.
manga_wolf More than 1 year ago
I've got to say there aren't enough books about wolves out there. That alone made me buy this book. It was also by an author I'd read before, and it has gorgeous cover art. The story was interesting, and very enjoyable to read. Some things I found a little strange or confusing. I won't say what because that would give things away. But if you look past the oddness/confusion in some parts, it really is a good story and I cannot wait for the second book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good but sad i dont usually like sad books but this one was GREAT!!! Go ahead buy it its SO worth your money!!! I love wolves!!!!!! :D
Fireripple More than 1 year ago
I absoulutly love this book it was very exciting to read. It takes a while to get into it but when you do its absoulutly wonderful. I would recommend everyone who likes wildlife for this book.
Illustrated_Woman More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves wolves and so picked this book out for that simple reason, but it turned out to be so much more. It has such a powerful storyline and a hero that you fall in love with immediately and root for throughout. Through the story of Faolan the wolf and his adventures, children are taught the very important lesson that physical disabilities, or just "being different", is something that you can't let hold you back, no matter how much others may try to bring you down. It also teaches that love is blind and the most powerful force in the universe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think it's really cute since wolves are WAY past awesome. It's about time someone made a book from a wolf's point of view. And whoever rates this as bad, don't listen to them. They're just jealous they can't make such an awesome book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such an awsome book!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this amazing book and the series ,they are amazing. I love how Kathryn Lasky rights another great series. About the book : Faolan an outcast finds himself having a bear as a mother. I say every own should read the book. Faolan lives on his own for a while too learning to carve bones. Read the series. Their is more to it its great
lm1234 More than 1 year ago
I purchased the series for my daughter's birthday. She is 9 and was enthralled with the book. I highly recommend the book and the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The very beggining i have to admit made me tear up a little. But ever sence i read this book it became a favirate! Including the author). Im looking foward to reading more of her books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book it was sad though I like the next book a little more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Wolves of the beyond seris is captivating and wil make you want to read it as fast as an out flanker can run. Give it a try. P.S. ingnor negitive reviews they don't know what they are talking about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this book! I luv little faolon! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! The storyline is very interesting. After one page, I didn't want to stop! I would reccomend this book to parhaps bit younger readers, but any age could enjoy this story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have this book and the rest of the series in nomal book form this books are great and if you like this author then get in it rocks! I love dogs and wolves so this is awsome! The gardiens of gahoole are great too! I LOVE THIS BOOK !!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome book read hole serise if you like the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is evan better as a real book but I still love this book.So buy it NOW
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is pretty good so far. And to those of u that say its stupid or watever, thats ur opinion. Just because u think its bad doesnt mean u have to call it stupid.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing because,it makes me want to read even more than i have ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My teacher read this to me out loud and it was awesome!!!!!!Now I can't wait to read it!!!!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book, very detailed and heart-warming
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so heart warming , i could read this book over and over again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should read this amazing book! it's amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy to connect with the Lone Wolf character and feel you are part of the story as he finds his way.