Wolf Mark

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Luke King knows a lot of things. Like four different ways to disarm an enemy before the attacker can take a breath. Like every detail of every book he’s ever read. And Luke knows enough—just enough—about what his father does as a black ops infiltrator to know which questions not to ask.
Luke hopes that this time, he’ll finally have a normal life. He’ll be able to ask out the girl he likes. He’ll hang out with his friends. He’ll be ...
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Overview

Luke King knows a lot of things. Like four different ways to disarm an enemy before the attacker can take a breath. Like every detail of every book he’s ever read. And Luke knows enough—just enough—about what his father does as a black ops infiltrator to know which questions not to ask.
Luke hopes that this time, he’ll finally have a normal life. He’ll be able to ask out the girl he likes. He’ll hang out with his friends. He’ll be invisible—just as he wants.
But when his dad goes missing, Luke realizes that life will always be different for him. Suddenly he must avoid his father’s kidnappers, while at the same time evading the attention of a mysterious clique of Russian hipsters, who seem much too interested in Luke’s own personal secret. Faced with multiple challenges and his emerging paranormal identity, Luke must decide who to trust as he creates his own destiny.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bruchac (Dragon Castle) delivers a fun twist on werewolf stories mixed with some mad science and espionage. Luke King’s black ops father spent years teaching him various survival skills, and Luke’s heightened senses also come in handy. When Luke’s father is kidnapped, Luke discovers that these powers are only the tip of the iceberg. As he investigates his father’s disappearance, Luke learns more about his real heritage as a beast and about the mysterious goings-on at the Maxico corporation, which has set up shop in town. Bruchac adeptly incorporates characters of various heritages: Luke is Native American; his best friend/crush, Meena, is Pakistani; and the Sunglass Mafia—a group of students who are more than they seem—are from eastern Russia. Luke also possesses a hefty amount of cultural and political awareness to go with his combat and espionage expertise, which serve him well (and make him a bit too perfect). There are some minor shortcuts—notably Luke’s inconsistent tendency to disrupt some electrical objects, but not others—but the action and Luke’s narration carry the book nicely. Ages 12–up. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Lucas King has serious problems: he's still reeling from his mother's death, his father has disappeared into a haze of drugs and alcohol, they're living in a tin can of a trailer, he's in love with a girl from a strict Muslim family, and the new Russian students (aka The Sunglass Mafia) have taken an unwelcome interest in him. To make matters worse, his father gets kidnapped by some very dangerous people and they're coming for Luke, too. But if the bad guys think the teen is an easy target, they're in for a surprise. In addition to being preternaturally strong and fast-just like his dad-he has also been trained from an early age in martial arts and spy craft. His father is a black ops agent and he has given his son skills that would make James Bond jealous. Luke will need all of his cunning, some scary allies, and a little bit of shape-shifting to save his dad. As in Skeleton Man (2001) and Bearwalker (2007, both HarperCollins), Bruchac has created a tense, readable novel. He combines Native American lore, supernatural elements, genetic engineering, romance, geopolitics, and adventure in one story. At times this ambitious mixture stretches credulity, and in the hands of a lesser storyteller the novel would simply fall apart, but the mystery and edge-of-your-seat action are enough to keep readers hooked.—Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School, CA
Kirkus Reviews

A loner teen finds himself caught up in a paranormal paramilitary threat—but he has both untapped personal resources and some unlikely allies to help him out.

Ever since his mother died, his father—a sometime Special Ops–type agent who happens to be of Native American descent—has been worse than useless. Lucas just concentrates on doing well in school and mooning over the beautiful daughter of one of the Pakistani scientists working at the new Romanian-owned top-secret facility in town. He goes out of his way to avoid the Sunglass Mafia, a bunch of unusually pale Russian students. But when his father is kidnapped and gives him a coded message by telephone, Lucas discovers that his heritage is more complicated and powerful than he had thought. Bruchac throws an enormous number of plot complications at his protagonist, from a schoolboy crush to filial angst to bioterrorism of a particularly creepy sort to a coming-of-age epiphany with a twist. For the most part, he keeps all the elements working pretty well, but Lucas tends toward introspection, which results in rather more navel-gazing than thriller-readers normally like. But the scenes with the Sunglass Mafia both defy stereotypes and manage to be very funny, and when the action kicks in, it does so in overdrive.

A solid entry into the paranormal market, with an appealingly different hero. (Paranormal thriller. 12 & up)

Booklist Magazine
Drawing on Native American traditions and his own lively imagination, Bruchac has written a genre-blending novel that combines horror, science fiction, and adventure into a satisfying whole. The fast pace will hold readers’ attention to the end, which—yes—leaves the door open to the possibility of a sequel.
Kirkus Reviews
A loner teen finds himself caught up in a paranormal paramilitary threat—but he has both untapped personal resources and some unlikely allies to help him out.

. . . .

A solid entry into the paranormal market, with an appealingly different hero.
Publisher's Weekly
Bruchac (Dragon Castle) delivers a fun twist on werewolf stories mixed with some mad science and espionage. . . . Bruchac adeptly incorporates characters of various heritages: Luke is Native American; his best friend/crush, Meena, is Pakistani; and the Sunglass Mafia—a group of students who are more than they seem—are from eastern Russia. Luke also possesses a hefty amount of cultural and political awareness to go with his combat and espionage expertise, which serve him well.
School Library Journal
Bruchac has created a tense, readable novel. He combines Native American lore, supernatural elements, genetic engineering, romance, geopolitics, and adventure in one story. At times this ambitious mixture stretches credulity, and in the hands of a lesser storyteller the novel would simply fall apart, but the mystery and edge-of-your-seat action are enough to keep readers hooked.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600606618
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 475,978
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

JOSEPH BRUCHAC is an award-winning storyteller, poet, and author of more than one hundred twenty books for adults and young readers. His work, which often draws on his Abenaki ancestry, has won numerous awards, including ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, National Wildlife Federation Award, and multiple state association awards. He and his two grown sons work extensively on the preservation of Abenaki culture, language, and traditional Native outdoor skills. Bruchac has also taught martial arts for more than thirty years, focusing in particular on the martial art of Indonesia, Pentjak Silat, in which he holds the rank of Master.
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  • Posted October 15, 2011

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    Fantastic!!!

    Wolf Mark is an awesome book. Joseph Bruchac takes you into the mind of Luke, and I do mean literally takes you in the mind of Luke. This story is told from Luke's POV, but you're seeing it all through Luke's perspective, the way his dad has trained him to see the situation. Wolf Mark is total testosterone. Definitely an all guy's storyline. Bruchac does put just a splash of romance in with Luke's feelings for Meena.

    Luke just wants to be brave enough to ask Meena to take a ride on his motorcycle, his second love, the Norton Commando. Luke thought he could finally have a normal boys, teenage life, but all that changes for Luke when his father gets kidnapped by Maxico. Then Luke finds himself teaming up with the Sunglass Mafia, as Luke calls them. They are a gang of seven Russians that goes to school with him at RHS. These Russian teenagers have a little secret of their own, and talk about the unlikeliest gang of teenagers that Luke could team up with to help him rescue his dad while being a werewolf skinwalker. Well . . . this would be the group.

    This is where I really started to enjoy Luke's character and the storyline. Before this, it's mainly Luke's thoughts you're reading, and I do have to say, I like more interacting with characters and hearing their voice in books. And boy does it pick up here with the Russian's vampires. I love Luke's relationship with the Russian's vampires, especially three of them: Yuri, Vlad and the tough, sexy Marina, who definitely has the hots for wolfboy Luke. But Luke's heart belongs to Meena, pining for his daydream date with Meena on the back of his motorcycle.

    Wolf Mark is a Fantastic novel full of action, an awesome storyline, and teenage boys' first love. I fell in love Luke and definitely got my testosterone fix in this novel. I recommend Wolf Mark as a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    Missing that spark

    Its really a good book, its just missing that speacial spark of life that lets you truly live the characters-something needed. I loked it but lost interest halfway hrough and never finished, i could guess the ending. Still might be worh trying. An just a little insight, thi is written be a proffetional writer, of some books you might well have read.

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

    Live To Read

    Luke, the main character, will draw the reader into this novel. His life has been secretive up to this point, he has to deal with the knowledge that his father is a black ops infiltrator and that he has a strange wolf mark on his wrist. He has always tried to blend in, but his attempts are not always successful-especially when his father mysteriously disappears, leaving Luke a target. The action really takes off here as Luke decides that the Russian crowd should be viewed in shades of grey, rather than black or white, and how he should approach the subject of his wolf mark and his fathers disappearance.



    Luke is a great main character. He has plenty of knowledge about black ops, as does his father, that really adds to the book. He is a bit of an enigma in the beginning, forcing the reader to look deeper. At times, he can be impulsive, though he appears cautious by nature. The reader will enjoy following his thoughts and actions through the book. The secondary characters are just as intriguing, the reader will get to meet quite a few "characters."



    The events are fast-paced, some high-energy. The plot was intriguing, could have been developed a little further. The story itself was good enough to hold this readers attention. This book is good for young readers through teens.

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