The Last Lobo

The Last Lobo

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by Roland Smith

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When Jacob fulfills a promise to his grandfather, Taw, and travels with him back to the Hopi reservation where he was born, he gets a lot more than a quiet trip to the desert. He quickly discovers that the Hopi on the reservation are divided over a lobo, a Mexican wolf, that people say is hunting on the reservation. There are some who want to kill the lobo, and others…  See more details below


When Jacob fulfills a promise to his grandfather, Taw, and travels with him back to the Hopi reservation where he was born, he gets a lot more than a quiet trip to the desert. He quickly discovers that the Hopi on the reservation are divided over a lobo, a Mexican wolf, that people say is hunting on the reservation. There are some who want to kill the lobo, and others who are angry enough to kill anyone who gets in the way. The lobo is an endangered species, thought to have disappeared from New Mexico all together. Jake knows that if the lobo does exist, he must do everything in his power to help it. But time is running out!

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VOYA - Voya Reviews
When Jake goes to visit his grandfather Taw at a retirement home, he finds that Taw has gone to Arizona. Jake finds him at his ancestral Hopi village and learns that something--a coyote, wild dog, or lobo--has been killing livestock in the area. Because endangered wolves are being reintroduced in the area, local politics complicate the issue. When a bounty is put out for the animal doing the killing, the abusive ex-husband of Jake's cousin starts making trouble. Jake encounters the wolf, and he determines to save it. With the help of his elderly uncle, Jake works until he finally captures the lobo, along with its four pups. The mother and two pups are secretly returned to Mexico, and the other pups are added to the endangered group of wolves to diversify their gene pool. The story ends happily as the ex-husband is returned to prison, both Taw and his elderly Hopi brother have improved physically and mentally, and Jake has been invited to sail to Australia. Smith has interwoven cultural, historical, and realistic biological and environmental details into a suspenseful story. Although the characters are shallow and Jake's Native American heritage seems irrelevant, the book will appeal to teenage readers wanting a fast read. Third in a series featuring Jake, it is preceded by Thunder Cave (Hyperion, 1995), set in Kenya, and Jaguar (Hyperion, 1997), set in Brazil. A sequel in Australia is likely. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P M J S (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 1999, Hyperion, Ages 12 to 18, 178p, $15.99. Reviewer: Sherry York
Children's Literature - Christopher Moning
Fifteen-year-old Jake leaves his father in Brazil for what he thinks will be a friendly visit to his Grandfather. Instead, he finds a note saying that Grandpa has gone to help a friend on the Hopi Indian Reservation. Jake travels cross-country to track down his grandfather, who is too old and fragile to take care of himself. Short of cash, Jake is befriended by a helpful older man named Buckley who helps Jake get to the reservation. Surprisingly, Grandpa seems to be thriving with his old friends. But there are other troubles on the reservation. There are rumors that a stray lobo--a wolf thought to be extinct--is roaming the land and killing cattle. It's up to Jake to try to save the endangered lobo before it is killed by vicious bounty hunters. In a battle of wits and courage, Jake outfoxes the wolf's most dangerous enemy--man.
Library Journal
Gr 5-9-In this sequel to Thunder Cave (Hyperion, 1997), Jake journeys to the Hopi reservation in northern Arizona to be with his grandfather. Tribal members are complaining that a Mexican wolf-lobo-is killing their livestock, and they are ready-like many ranchers-to blame a wolf reintroduction program in neighboring New Mexico. But the reintroduced wolves are all accounted for, and the experts suspect coyotes or stray dogs. Jake and his grandfather get involved, along with Jake's great uncle, who once trapped wolves for the government. Uncle John is sure there is a lobo, and he wants to catch it alive and return it to its likely home, Mexico. The plot moves quickly, involving readers in Jake's fascination with wolves while he also puts to use skills he has learned in his earlier adventures. A subplot involving a prison parolee once married to one of Jake's cousins is unnecessary and "sensational," and a few other subplot elements are either too easily resolved or unexplained. Nevertheless, Smith's grasp on the central story is sure and effective.-Coop Renner, Moreno Elementary School, El Paso, TX Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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Meet the Author

Roland Smith is the author of over 35 books--novels, nonfiction books and picture books. He is a former research biologist and species coordinator for the endangered red wolf that has been successfully released back into the wild. He was also a consultant for the gray wolf release into Yellow Stone National Park. Some of his award winning books include: Zach’s Lie, Cryptid Hunters, Jaguar, Sea Otter Rescue, The Captain’s Dog, Elephant Run. Storm Runners. For more information please visit his website at: .

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The Last Lobo 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutly great. It told a lot about life with people who live in the desert like Indians. It was very educational. The writer included a lot of information and in detail about how life was and how people did things. Lobo is a spanish word for wolf. So I really recommend this book to anyone who is intrested in animals and life.
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At first, Jacob, who travels all over the world with his father, traveled to Hopiland Arizona, trying to convince his grandfather to move back home. It turns out Jacob does much more than convincing. When Jacob arrives in the beautiful desert in Hopiland with Buckley, 'someone he met on the plain going there' he hears about a possible lobo that has migrated over the boarder from Mexico. After only a few days, the lobo has been caught eating livestock and a large reward was put up for the person who kills it. In order to save the lobo, Jacob and his Uncle John will have to outsmart Jacob's cousin Marie¿s ex-husband, who just got out of prison. It¿s a race against time, to see who can get to the sacred creature first. The way Roland Smith describes the characteristics of the characters and the setting, really helps you understand the book, the characters and the struggles their going through. The Last Lobo has a beautiful desert setting. Smith¿s setting description is amazing. He describes every part of it, even down to the sent of the desert air. ¿I inhaled the sweet sage-scented air.¿ 'p.75' Smith even described the view from the town. ¿Walpi was built on the tip of the long mesa and presented a beautiful view of the rust- colored desert below.¿ 'p.18' The characteristics of the characters are very unique and different. Jacob is a patient and caring person. ¿I wasn¿t about to let Taw wander around the desert in Arizona!¿ 'p.7' He was so caring that he traveled all the way to Hopiland to make sure his grandfather was all right and to try to get him to come back home. He was patient when he waited hours for the lobo to come out. ¿I want you to camouflage yourself and sit in that hollow for¿ about five hours or so¿ 'p.159' Without the description of the characters characteristics and the description of the setting, The Last Lobo wouldn¿t be as great of a book as it is. In my opinion, The Last Lobo is a great book. It was very descriptive and it felt as if you were actually there. I also liked The Last Lobo because it had an interesting plot. I don¿t know of any other books that have the same plot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My book is The Last Lobo it was a very entertaining book. The book was about a boy who didn't know a lot about were he comes from or how his ancestors are. So his grandfather finds out and he goes to the Indian reservation in which he comes from. He follows him because he is not in the greatest shape int he world and he is worried about him. When he gets there he finds his uncle who is hunting an exotic wolf called a lobo. His uncle needs his help so he asks him, actually he tells him. He needs his help before he does anything he tells his uncle that he has to find his grandfather. His uncle has other thoughts he tells him his grandfather is staying with him. The next morning his Uncle Buckley comes over and says when are we leaving to trap the lobo? The uncle says we can't leave until we find Earl (Earl wants to kill the lobo). That morning they found a good place to hide. They hid behind a place called flat rocks. By this time it is about 11:00 so they start howling. They trick Earl into coming to flat rocks and he says I knew the lobo was at flat rocks. So they say it just left we had a clear shot. Earl stays there for a long time and thinks the lobo is near when it is not. The next morning they start setting traps. Once the traps are set they have to stay there until the lobo is caught, but it never is so they have to wait for it to come to them so it is basically a showdown to see who gets it first. The boy has to get it with a tranquilizer so when the lobo passes he shoots with a tranquilizer and hits it with it. Then he sees Earl running after it so the girl jumps from a ledge and decks him. There are loud cracks it turned out Earl broke his ankle and his arm. They took him to a hospital. Then there are more lobos so they release them in Mexico. This is an interesting book I suggest everyone reads it.