In this fast-paced adventure, the Landons trail a wounded wolf in Yellowstone National Park. The park is abuzz with rumors of a wolf attack. Meanwhile, a killer stalks the woods. Unaware of the danger, Jack and Ashley are more concerned about rebellious teenage foster child, Troy Haverson. From the opening moments at Old Faithful through 48 action-packed hours, the tension builds: What is lodged in the wolf's radio collar? And what is the meaning of the Native American story of Sin-a-Wavi? A heady mix of suspense, adventure, and moments of tenderness lure readers into this story of kids discovering the natural world. The book's afterword, by Yellowstone's Michael K. Phillips, explores the park's Wolf Restoration Program.
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|Publisher:||National Geographic Society|
|Series:||Mysteries in Our National Parks Series , #1|
|Sold by:||Penguin Random House Publisher Services|
|File size:||587 KB|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Award-winning author Gloria Skurzynski has written almost 60 children's books. Her non-fiction book, Almost the Real Thing, won the American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award. She has written several nonfiction books for National Geographic, including Are We Alone, an NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book for Young People and an IRA/CBC Young Adults' Choice for 2006. She lives in Boise, ID.
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This book is the only one of tbe kind its very good
Twelve-year-old Jack Landon and his eleven-year-old sister Ashley live with their mom, Olivia, who is a wildlife veterinarian at the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, WY, and their father Steven, who is a photographer. The family also takes in Troy Haverson, a somewhat rebellious thirteen-year-old boy whose mother has just disappeared. Then Olivia gets a call from Mike, head of Yellowstone National Park’s Wolf Restoration Program, about a nearby rancher’s dog which was supposedly killed by park wolves, and he wants her to come and investigate. When the Landons arrive at Yellowstone, there are all kinds of people picketing and protesting the wolves, and this slows down the rangers. After Mike comes, he, Olivia, and Steven need to go off to investigate the scene, leaving the children for another ranger to pick up. While waiting, the children see a pair of wolves, and as Jack is taking pictures, one of the wolves is shot. Troy runs after the wolf hoping to save it and perhaps catch the sniper, so Jack and Ashley run after him, and the three of them spend a cold night in the wilderness with the injured wolf. How will they survive? What really happened to the dog and the wolf? Is there more to the rancher’s story than he’s been telling? And will Troy’s mother ever be found? Wolf Stalker is #1 in the National Parks Mystery series. I first saw a display of these books in the gift shop at Valley Forge National Historic Park in Pennsylvania and recognized the name of one of the authors, Gloria Skurzynski, from another wonderful book of hers, The Minstrel in the Tower, that we had read. Gloria Skurzynski and Alane Ferguson are a mother and daughter writing team. It was my hope that there would be one on Valley Forge, but there isn’t, so I bought the one about Yellowstone. Originally, these books were called the “Mysteries in Our National Parks” and published in hardback but most were republished in “digest edition paperback.” This one certainly has a lot of tension and excitement. However, there are some language and attitude issues. Besides a few childish slang terms (crud, crap, screwed), which I assume are used to make the characters seem “relevant” to modern readers, references to “cussing,” though no actual cuss words are found, and to a “nasty hand gesture,” though it is not described in detail, appear. Jack calls Ashley “tick brain,” and other examples of seeming disrespect occur. The truth is really stretched during the interrogation of the rancher, and on one occasion Jack is actually said to have “lied.” These things may not be issues for many parents, but others may find them somewhat objectionable. For these reasons, I would say ages 12 and up rather than 8 and up. At the same time, despite their spats, it is clear that Jack and Ashley really do love one another, and Olivia said that she “prayed and prayed” while the kids were missing. It’s an interesting story with a good premise and a lot of factual information, but some parents may prefer better role models. Other books in the series take place in Mesa Verde, Everglades, Glacier, Zion, Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Virgin Islands, Acadia, Carlsbad Caverns, Denali (Mt. McKinley), and Smoky Mountains National Parks. Another one in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Rage of Fire) is listed but apparently not available in a paperback edition.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a mom that works with animals and a dad that is a wildlife photographer? then read Wolf Stalker by Alane Ferguson Skurzynski. This book is about a family who adopted a kid until they find his mom. One day, the mother gets a call from Yellowstone National Park saying that there has been a report of a wolf attack and she needs to leave and help investigate. When they get to Yellowstone, they meet up with a man that works there named Mike. He is part of the group that is trying to bring wolves back into the National Parks. He didn't think that she would bring the kids so they tell the kids to stay with the car until a ranger comes to pick them up because there aren't enough horses for all of them. While they are waiting, they go just inside the forest and notice two wolves trying to hunt down a couple of deer. When they see a man hiding in the trees with a gun and notice a wolf is coming in their direction they hide belong a log and see one of the wolves get shot and start half running half limping away. Then they end up looking for the wolf after the adopted child starts chasing it. If you want to know if they find the adopted kid, save the wolf, ever find his mom, and make it out of this mess safely you will have to read the book. I would recommend this book to boys and girls from age ten to age twelve.
Wow! after I read this book, I immediately started reading the next book, Rage Of Fire. I recommend it to everyone.
Wolf Stalker is the first in the National Parks Mystery series published by the National Geographic Society. Book #1 follows Jack and Ashley Landon on an adventure in Yellowstone National Park, where their parents are working. Another boy, Troy Haverson, joins with the Landon family as the kids work together to sort out the source of a problem in the park. Wolves are getting hurt and a local news story breaks out about a rancher whose dog is killed by the wolves on the reservation. Bad publicity for Yellowstone soon ensues. The adventure leads the kids to an all-night camp out trying to save a hurt wolf they find... the question is whether or not it can survive until a rescue team arrives. Overall, it's a fun story for young readers. There are a few key points to mention to parents though... The story mentions about "millions of years ago when the earth was formed". In one chapter it says that a boy runs off "cussing under his breath". I also don't approve of Troy's bad attitude, but I think the authors were trying to bring out how he had lived a rough life -- even then, not everyone has to have a bad attitude just because of their childhood experiences. Wolf Stalker still has some good qualities about it, like showing kids what it means to protect the earth, and how to treat wild creatures.
Great scary book