The wolf star, brightest of all in the summer sky, shines over my home ground. I know every hidden lake and rocky ridge, but if my pack is not in the mountains, then it is no home to me. I feel a howl deep inside, but dare not let it out.
Swift lives with his pack in the mountains, until one day his home and family are lost. Alone and starving, Swift must make a choice- stay and try to eke out a desperate life on the borders of his old hunting grounds, or strike out and find a new place to call home. The journey Swift must go on is long and full of peril for a lone wolf, and he'll need to take every chance he can. Will he find the courage to survive all by himself?
Inspired by a true story, A Wolf Called Wander is about family, courage and survival. With beautiful illustrations from artist Mnnica Armino and an extra factual section about wolves and their environment, this book is perfect for animal lovers.
About the Author
Rosanne Parry is the author of four award-winning middle grade novels, the most recent, The Turn of the Tide, has starred reviews from School Library Journal and Booklist. She has won 20 awards for her work. She is a part-time bookseller at legendary local independent bookstore, Annie Bloom's, and an adjunct instructor in the Masters in Book Publishing program at Portland State University. She also loves to hike, camp and sail in the wilderness of her home state of Oregon. Rosanne lives in Portland with her family in an historic farmhouse and writes in a treehouse in her backyard.
About the Illustrator
Mónica Armiño is a Spanish illustrator. She graduated in Fine Arts and is based in Madrid. She has an extensive knowledge of both digital and traditional techniques and has published several books with various publishers and agencies in Europe and the USA. Mónica also works in the animation industry as a character designer, background artist and colour and texture artist for feature films and pre-school TV series like the award-winning Puffin Rock.
“ Storytelling at its best. Captures all the magic and wonder of the wild ”
- Abi Elphinstone
“ Steeped in wildness and wonder ”
- Sarah Lean
“ Riveting and lyrical, A Wolf Called Wander is a vibrantly imagined celebration of the natural world. Don't miss this dazzling tour de force ”
- Katherine Applegate
“ Rife with details of the myriad scents, sounds, tastes, touches, and sights in Swift's primal existence, the immediacy of his intimate, first-person, present-tense narration proves deeply moving. A sympathetic, compelling introduction to wolves from the perspective of one wolf and his memorable journey ”
“ Will delight and intrigue readers ... page-turning. Deserving of a place alongside Sheila Burnford’s The Incredible Journey, Jack London’s White Fang, and other classic animal adventure novels ”
- starred review, School Library Journal
“ Like the classics written by Jack London and Michelle Paver, this is both a detailed evocation of an animal’s life and a notable exploration of courage, loneliness and family ”
- Amanda Craig, New Statesman
“ Parry’s powerful prose and Armiño’s hauntingly beautiful illustrations take you across vast landscapes following the swift feet of a wolf. It is a rare gem, a book celebrating the rawness and beauty of nature. A spell-binding story that beats with the heart of a wolf. ” -