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Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me

Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me

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by Kristen Chandler
     
 

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KJ Carson lives an outdoor lover’s dream. The only daughter of a fishing and wildlife guide, KJ can hold her own on the water or in the mountains near her hometown outside Yellowstone National Park. But when she meets the shaggy-haired, intensely appealing Virgil, KJ loses all self-possession. And she’s not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing

Overview

KJ Carson lives an outdoor lover’s dream. The only daughter of a fishing and wildlife guide, KJ can hold her own on the water or in the mountains near her hometown outside Yellowstone National Park. But when she meets the shaggy-haired, intensely appealing Virgil, KJ loses all self-possession. And she’s not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing that they’re assigned to work together on a school newspaper article about the famous wolves of Yellowstone. As KJ spends time with Virgil, she also spends more time getting to know a part of her world that she always took for granted . . . and she begins to see herself and her town in a whole new light.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Sixteen-year-old KJ is a spitfire who is outgrowing life with her father (her mother died when KJ was three) in a small Montana town just outside Yellowstone National Park. "All I know is that if he says I've 'bloomed' one more time I'm going to run away from home and become a shrub," she says of her emotionally remote father. Together they run a fishing supply store and work as guides in the park, but when dashing Virgil moves to town with his progressive mother on a wolf research trip, KJ becomes determined to live down her reputation as a "free-floating oddball." She works on the school newspaper as part of her journalism class and teams up with Virgil, a photographer, to launch a "Wolf Notes" column, which ignites outrage among those who view wolves as menaces (wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone in a controversial 1995 program). Chandler's debut is a lively drama, saturated with multifaceted characters and an environmental undercurrent. She writes persuasively about the great outdoors, smalltown dynamics and politics, and young love. Ages 12-up. (May)
VOYA - Christina Fairman
KJ Carson is a high school junior in a small Montana town near Yellowstone Park. Normally an inconspicuous ranching community, her town has become a flash point of anger directed at the federal government's Wolf Reintroduction Project, which has increased the regional wolf population. Residents who view the animals as predatory nuisances are outraged that KJ and a handful of others in the town are supporting the reintegration policy. Anger quickly turns to harassment and violence when ranchers, local businesses, and ecologists collide over the consequences of reintegration. Along with this social chaos, KJ must also navigate her own murky waters. How far will she go to stand up for the wolves? What does it mean that her views are endangering the safety of both her father and her new boyfriend? This book will appeal primarily to students in junior high and early high school. Older readers may consider some of the characters cliched. The concurrent romantic storyline will appeal to teens, even though it crosses the line into soap opera with the well-known formula of a small town girl enamored by a worldly young man who is charming and a bit mysterious. The larger storyline also lapses at times into implausibility for the sake of drama, as when KJ single handedly confronts a mentally unstable character in the middle of a lake after he has threatened her. Nonetheless, this is an engaging story of self discovery. Reviewer: Christina Fairman
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Chandler's debut novel is a classic coming-of-age tale set in Montana shortly after wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park. KJ Carson, 16, lives with her father, who runs a business as a guide for hunting and fishing parties. While on a hunting trip with him, the teen watches a wolf get torn to pieces by other wolves. Her father tells her not to forget it. He explains, "The minute that wolf backed down it was all over." KJ and the new kid in school, Virgil Whitman, team up to create a column for the school newspaper entitled, "Wolf Notes." He takes the pictures and she writes the articles. The column causes controversy in this small town where the wolves are hated by local ranching families. The more KJ learns about the animals, the more she is fascinated by their fearlessness. Relations with town members turn ugly when Virgil is shot at in the Christmas parade and soon after someone starts a fire at KJ's father's store. Should KJ back down? The author cleverly integrates facts about wolves and their return to Yellowstone through KJ's newspaper column. The plot moves swiftly to a suspenseful finish. Beautifully written and thought-provoking, this well-rounded novel will appeal to girls, some boys, and conservationists of all stripes.—Samantha Larsen Hastings, Riverton Library, UT
Kirkus Reviews
KJ, 16, has enviable wilderness skills honed by years of fishing and guiding tourists through Yellowstone National Park. A city boy named Virgil has come to the small Montana town where she's lived all her life, though, shaking things up. Virgil and his mother get KJ involved in wolf watching, and KJ, who is also the editor of her school paper, starts a column about wolves that divides the town. Many residents have lost livestock and therefore livelihood to wolves, and they're not receptive to the idea that wolves might be a crucial part of the local food chain. As a character, KJ is often sullen and not endearing, but her brains and bravery when standing up for the wolves are admirable-although the author occasionally gets heavy-handed as she hammers home the importance of standing up for one's beliefs. Despite their differing backgrounds, Virgil and KJ's up-and-down romance is one of emotional and intellectual equals, lending real strength to this environmentally themed rural twist on the typical suburban love story. (Fiction. YA)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670011421
Publisher:
Viking Juvenile
Publication date:
05/13/2010
Pages:
283
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile:
HL610L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Kristen Chandler has spent summers in Yellowstone at her family’s cabin since she was a young girl. She is a fisherwoman, a marathoner, a writing instructor, and the mother of four children. She and her family live outside Salt Lake City, Utah. This is her first novel.

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Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
iLoveSuspenders More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The message of standing up for what you believe in is prominent in this novel, and actually teaches a lesson. It was entertaining and a good read.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Although only sixteen years old, KJ Carson has incredible wilderness skills due to personal experiences with her single parent, a wilderness guide. She can fish and hike in the wilds with the best. The teen uses her talent to guide tourists around Yellowstone National Park. Young city slicker Virgil and her mom arrive in West End, Montana where KJ has lived all her life. The newcomers persuade KJ to write about the endangered wolves living in the nearby park. KJ and Virgil write articles for the school newspaper about the wolves in the wild that split the less than 1000 townsfolk into divided camps: those who have lost livestock to wolves and want them hunted as deadly predators and those who believe they are critical parts of the ecosystem. This is an interesting middle school drama that encourages (at times with a sledgehammer) people especially the young to adhere to your values and not let anyone bully you into doing something you feel is wrong or even leaves you uncomfortable. KJ is a fascinating lead character as she is refreshingly surly and brooding more often than not. Readers will relish the morose one as she takes a stand to protect the wolf population while also learning that boys like Virgil are more dangerous to her health than wolves Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the beastest book evr more ppl need 2 read it!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my absolute favorite book. It has a well developed plot that every teenage girl can relate to, and even some guys will find interesting. This is the only book I own that I could reread again and again. If you love wolves then you find yourself just that much more interested. I learned so much at the same time that I had the opportunity to discover an amazing book.
J-Dawg0 More than 1 year ago
This book is pretty good. I would say that overall, it's cute. That might be kind of a fluffy word to use on a book that has a small level of animal violence and a couple other slightly heavier things, but really that's the only word I can think of that describes it well. Wolves, Boys and other things that might kill me was a book that was fun to read, but it was a bit below my skill level. I'd probably recommend this book to middle schoolers, and high schoolers that can't handle real books yet. Overall, it was a fun read, and I'm not disappointed.   The writing quality wasn't the best ever, but the story was engaging, and it said some good things. There was some content that I didn't really think was absolutely necessary, but I wouldn't say that you should absolutely avoid it. If you like fun, quick reads, this is a good one to go with. You'll probably at least read the whole thing, because it is very engaging. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I llove this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You normally don't see a book on the young adult shelf nowadays that has wolves and isn't paranormal. However, this book is an exception. Despite its long title, Wolves, Boys, and Other Things thart might kill me is fresh air in the seemingly redundant young adult genre. Not only does Chandler's debut have a clear, funny, and intuitive point of view, but the novel is realistic in the way of the main characters life and beliefs. However, the best aspect in this book, is not only can this book enrapture the likes of males and females, the novel seems like it is actually is happening in a small town in the middle of nowhere. Although this book does provide flaws, it does so in a way that makes the book even more beliebable than it actually is. Do not judge this book on its peculiar title, but read more into it. Not only does this book include romance and political difficulties due to the beloef of a few teenagers- it is more the while a stunning debut for Chandler.
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I absolutely loved it! I would recommend it to anyone it kept my interest and was exciting and loved the story about the wolves. KJ was a typical teenager and i could even relate especially with her dad. It had funny parts and adventure parts and some romance. Great read.
Danielle Phillips More than 1 year ago
I loved this book with romance a little mystery and lots of drama and adventurous things. I would read it again and again and again i stayed up all night long caus it was so great
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writingirl_15 More than 1 year ago
Wolves, Boys, and Other Things That Might Kill Me centers around a 16-year-old girl, KJ Carson, and her fight to be herself and to stand up and do what is right. Although this book kept me up reading long into the night and into the early morning- I can't say that I really enjoyed this book. There is something about the authors writing, it seemed disjointed. Also, I couldn't connect with the main character- or really any of the other characters. The whole wolf plot is somewhat interseting to me. I rated this book a 3 star really only because I couldn't stop turning the pages (I was going through book withdrawal, maybe thats why? LOL) but overall I'd tell people to skip this book and find another.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so boring. Dont buy it. Very disapponting