Summer of the Wolves

Summer of the Wolves

Title: Summer of the Wolves
By Polly Carlson-Voiles
357 pages, Ages 10+
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
hardcover ISBN: 978-0547745916
softcover ISBN: 978-0544022768
Available in various E-book formats, including Kindle


Description:
At the start of Summer of the Wolves, orphaned Nika and her brother Randal live in a California foster home. Unexpected events cause them to be sent to live with an uncle they have never met who works as a wildlife biologist in the north woods of Minnesota. Nika just wants the summer to go by, so she can go back to California. But when she accepts an invitation from her uncle to fly with him on his job studying radio-collared wolves, together they discover an orphaned wolf pup. Helping to care for the pup day and night, she begins to feel that none of the hard things in her past can reach her. But there are still hard decisions to make, and when her heart leads her to make them, Nika’s life will change forever.

This book invites further study of wild animals and their place in the world, wolves, wilderness, canoe tripping, issues involving foster homes, loss, and adoption, decision-making, wildlife careers, and more.  See the free downloadable study guide:

“ ‘You know, Nika, a wolf pup is not a pet, not a dog.  However much we get him to accept us, he’s still a wild animal, with the needs of a wild animal.’ 
            ‘I know,’ Nika said, her voice low. Of course she knew the pup was a wild animal.  Of all people, she knew not to get her heart set on anything.  
            In the dark, as she listened to the pup’s wheezing snores and moans, she reached put her hand to feel the rise and fall of his breathing. She snuggled down.  Just touching him, she felt better.”  p.82