Lone Wolf (Wolves of the Beyond Series #1)

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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 ...

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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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Editorial Reviews

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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: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Wolves of the Beyond Series , #1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 493,456
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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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  • Posted May 28, 2010

    Great book, looking forward to the next one!

    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.

    30 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Good Read for Wolf Lovers

    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!

    19 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    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.

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Great read

    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

    12 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2010

    Highest Recomendations

    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.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2012

    Hmmyeah...

    Rise of BloodClan Chapter 14 Hollyleaf whipped around and ran, panting. But Scourge threw himself forward and hurled himself onto her, his long claws ripping through her pelt. Hollyleaf bit Scourge's tail and tried to drag him just as Scourge pinned her. Hollyleaf's yowls died down and she went limp. Scourge yowled in triumph as Lionblaze charged at the BloodClan leader and an idea rushed into his head. Turning around, he crouched low and began stalking around the corners. Seeing what he was looking for, he pounced and dug his claws into bushes until yew fell down. Dragging the yew back, he tossed it into Lionblaze's mouth. Coughing, Lionblaze sprang up and dug his claws into Scourge's throat. Scourge yowled in pain as he felt teeth fasten in the back of his neck and meet in his throat. Raking his hind claws across Lionblaze's pelt, he felt the golden tom's claws tear at his back until Scourge tripped, blood spilling from his shoulders. Leaping, he swiveled to the side, jumped up and raked his thorn-sharp claws across Lionblaze's haunches before collapsing on the ground, his chest heaving. "You fool! Big mistake!" Scourge shrieked, sinking his claws in Lionblaze's shoulder blade. But Scourge coughed and gurgled out blood, his blows growing weaker as he stumbled again. His eyes saw Hollyleaf begin to stir and rise to her paws. Scourge was dying! His ice-blue eyes were locked on Lionblaze who was crouched down. Scourge narrowed his eyes and hissed, arching his back. "Revenge... BloodClan," Scourge muttered, lost in his thoughts. "Firestar killed you. Now I will!" Lionblaze screeched. Scourge felt his gaze travel slowly to the cats and then fade. Swify blazes of pain and fury rushed through the small black tom. Yowling in agony, Scourge's cries died down. His eyes closed, sealed with blood as he felt the life stripping away from him and afterlife rising. Scourge's mind spun, his claws digging into the ground and gravel. That was the last thing Scourge remembered before he spun into darkness and nothingness. To Be Continued......

    6 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2012

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    One of the Best Series Ever!

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    I loved this book!

    I read this book a couple years ago and I would recommend it to kids in grade 3rd-6th, I read it in 4th grade and was abosultly pleased with my purchase of it! I am planing on buy the other books in this serie! I think it could be a wonderful movie, but it is a must buy!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Please read

    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.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    YESSSSSSSS!!!!

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Coolio

    I really like this book! I luv little faolon! :)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Its me icy i am startibg something!!

    Ok there will be a follower on keta kota and foalan on all of thi series almost 24/7!!!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Awsome

    This book is evan better as a real book but I still love this book.So buy it NOW

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Good.

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    The best book ever in my life!

    Such an awsome book!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Dear moonclan

    I am a young she-wolf looking for a peaceful home, i could be my best if you gave me a chance, would you accept me?-willow river(im a white wolf with gray swirls and green eyes)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Epic

    I love the Wolves of the Beyond series, and Guardians of Ga'hoole!! They are WAY better than the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. The Warrior books are easy to read and predictable. My favories series are:

    1: Inkheart Trilogy. Cornelia Funke
    2: Wolves of the Beyond. Kathryn Lasky
    3: Guardians of Ga'hoole. Kathryn Lasky
    4: How to Train your Dragon. Cressida Cowell
    5: The Animal Healer Tales. (Forgot who their by xp)
    6: Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Jeff Kinney
    7: The Wide- Awake Princess. E. D Baker
    My favorite books:

    1: The Thief Lord. Cornelia Funke
    2: Igraine the Brave. Cornelia Funke
    3: Bella at Midnight. Diane Stanley

    ~ Inkheartlover

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Wolves of the Beyond is amazing

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    Z awzemos book evah!

    Z awzemos book evah! Faolan is raised by a grizzly bear.... whoa. Totally get it. I am reading Shadow Wolf, book two.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Great story!

    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!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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