Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Wolf in Fiction Books

The Wolf in Fiction Books

This is a chapter from "The Wolf" © 2011 by Wolf Sullivan. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the consent of the author.

Humans are taught from childhood that the wolf is a vicious killer. Fairy tales such as Charles Perrault's "Little Red Riding Hood" (1697) (Le Petit Chaperon Rouge) depict the wolf as a deadly dangerous monster. Little Red Riding Hood walks through the woods to deliver food to her sick grandmother. A wolf wants to eat the girl but is afraid to do so in public. He approaches the girl, and she tells him where she is going. He suggests the girl pick some flowers, which she does. In the meantime, he goes to the grandmother's house and gains entry by pretending to be the girl. He swallows the grandmother whole, and waits for the girl, disguised as the grandmother. When the girl arrives, he swallows her whole too. A hunter, however, comes to the rescue and cuts the wolf open. Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother emerge unharmed. They fill the wolf's body with heavy stones, which kill him. Other versions of the story have the grandmother shut in the closet instead of eaten, and some have Little Red Riding Hood saved by the hunter as the wolf advances on her rather than after she is eaten.

Aesop (Αἴσωπος) (ca. 620 – 564 BC) was a Greek slave whose name is associated with a huge number of fables, most of which were probably composed by later authors. They are noted for their brevity and simplicity and usually end with morals that supposedly provide "moral education" for children. Numerous morals within Aesop's attributed fables contradict each other, and ancient accounts of Aesop's life contradict each other. Therefore, the modern view is that Aesop probably did not solely compose all those fables attributed to him, if he ever existed. In Aesop's Fables the wolf is generally portrayed as a wild, boundless animal that is a conniving, tricky, sneaky thief and killer. This falls directly in line with the wolf as a symbol of evil in European society.

"The Boy Who Cried Wolf", also known as "The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf", is one of the most famous fables attributed to Aesop. A bored shepherd boy entertains himself by calling out "Wolf". Nearby villagers who come to his rescue find that his alarms are false. When the boy is actually confronted by a wolf, the villagers do not believe his cries for help and the wolf eats the flock. In some versions, when the villagers ignore him the wolf eats him, and in other versions he simply mocks the boy, saying now no one will help him, and that it serves him right for playing tricks. Usually the boy is eaten by the wolf. The moral stated at the end of the fable is: "Even when liars tell the truth, they are never believed. The liar will lie once, twice, and then perish when he tells the truth."

"The Wolf and the Lamb" is attributed to Aesop. A wolf, meeting with a lamb astray from the fold, resolved not to lay violent hands on him, but to find some plea to justify to the lamb the wolf's right to eat him. He thus addressed him: "Sir, last year you grossly insulted me." "Indeed," bleated the lamb in a mournful tone of voice, "I was not then born." Then said the wolf, "You feed in my pasture." "No, good sir," replied the lamb, "I have not yet tasted grass." Again said the wolf, "You drink of my well." "No," exclaimed the lamb, "I never yet drank water, for as yet my mother's milk is both food and drink to me." Upon which the wolf seized him and ate him up, saying, "Well! I won't remain supper-less, even though you refute every one of my imputations." The moral is: The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny. Here is another version:
Once upon a time a wolf was lapping at a spring on a hillside, when, looking up, what should he see but a lamb just beginning to drink a little lower down. "There's my supper," thought he, "if only I can find some excuse to seize it." Then he called out to the lamb, "How dare you muddle the water from which I am drinking?"
"Nay, master, nay," said Lambikin; "if the water be muddy up there, I cannot be the cause of it, for it runs down from you to me."
"Well, then," said the wolf, "why did you call me bad names this time last year?"
"That cannot be," said the lamb; "I am only six months old."
"I don't care," snarled the wolf; "if it was not you it was your father;" and with that he rushed upon the poor little lamb and ate her all up. But before she died she gasped out, "Any excuse will serve a tyrant."

"The Dog and the Wolf" is credited to Aesop. A gaunt wolf was almost dead with hunger when he happened to meet a house-dog who was passing by. "Ah, cousin," said the dog, "I knew how it would be; your irregular life will soon be the ruin of you. Why do you not work steadily as I do, and get your food regularly given to you?" "I would have no objection," said the wolf, "if I could only get a place." "I will easily arrange that for you," said the dog, "come with me to my master and you shall share my work." So the wolf and the dog went towards the town together. On the way there the wolf noticed that the hair on a certain part of the dog's neck was very much worn away, so he asked him how that had come about. "Oh, it is nothing," said the dog. "That is only the place where the collar is put on at night to keep me chained up; it chafes a bit, but one soon gets used to it." "Is that all?" said the wolf. "Then good-bye to you, Master Dog." The moral is: It is better starve free than be a fat slave.

"The Mother and the Wolf" is another fable attributed to Aesop. A variation of it is "The Nurse and the Wolf". Early one morning a hungry wolf was prowling around a cottage at the edge of a village, when he heard a child crying in the house. Then he heard the mother's voice say: "Hush, child, hush! Stop your crying, or I will give you to the wolf!" Surprised but delighted at the prospect of so delicious a meal, the wolf settled down under an open window, expecting every moment to have the child handed out to him. But though the little one continued to fret, the wolf waited all day in vain. Then, toward nightfall, he heard the mother's voice again as she sat down near the window to sing and rock her baby to sleep. "There, child, there! The wolf shall not get you. No, no! Daddy is watching and Daddy will kill him if he should come near!" Just then the father came within sight of the home, and the wolf was barely able to save himself from the dogs by running away. When he reached his den, Mistress Wolf inquired of him why he returned wearied and supperless. He replied: "Why, forsooth! I gave credence to the words of a woman!" The moral is: Do not believe everything you hear.

"The Ass and the Wolf" is also attributed to Aesop. An ass feeding in a meadow saw a wolf approaching to seize him, and immediately pretended to be lame. The wolf, coming up, inquired about the cause of his lameness. The ass said that he had a thorn in his foot, and requested the wolf to pull it out. The wolf consented, then the ass with his heels kicked his teeth into his mouth and galloped away. The wolf said: "I am rightly served, for why did I attempt the art of healing, when my father only taught me the trade of a butcher?" The moral is: Everyone has his trade.

"The Kid and the Wolf" is credited to Aesop. A kid, returning without protection from the pasture, was pursued by a wolf. He turned round, and said to the wolf: "I know, friend wolf, that I must be your prey; but before I die, I would ask of you one favor, that you will play me a tune, to which I may dance." The wolf complied, and while he was piping and the kid was dancing, the hounds heard the sound, came up and gave chase to the wolf. The wolf, turning to the kid, said: "It is just what I deserve; for I, who am only a butcher, should not have turned piper to please you." The morals are: Every one should keep his own colors, in time of dire need clever thinking is key, and outwit your enemy to save your skin.

"The Wolf and the Shepherd" is also attributed to Aesop. A wolf followed a flock of sheep for a long time and did not attempt to injure one of them. The shepherd at first stood on his guard against him, as against an enemy, and kept a strict watch over his movements. But when the wolf, day after day, kept in the company of the sheep and did not make the slightest effort to seize them, the shepherd began to look upon him as a guardian of his flock rather than as a plotter of evil against it; and when occasion called him one day into the city, he left the sheep entirely in his charge. The wolf, now that he had the opportunity, fell upon the sheep, and destroyed the greater part of the flock. When the shepherd returned to find his flock destroyed, he exclaimed: "I have been rightly served; why did I trust my sheep to a wolf?"

"The Wolf and the Fox" is credited to Aesop. At one time a very large and strong wolf was born among the wolves, who exceeded all his fellow-wolves in strength, size, and swiftness, so that they unanimously decided to call him "lion." The wolf, with a lack of sense proportioned to his enormous size, thought that they gave him this name in earnest, and, leaving his own species, consorted exclusively with the lions. An old sly fox, seeing this, said, "May I never make myself so ridiculous as you do in your pride and self-conceit; for even though you have the size of a lion among wolves, in a herd of lions you are definitely a wolf." It seems the moral is too obvious to be stated.

"The Wolf, the Fox, and the Ape" is another fable attributed to Aesop. A wolf accused a fox of theft, which he denied, and the case was brought before an ape to be tried. When he had heard the evidence on both sides, the ape gave judgment as follows: "I do not think," he said, "that you, wolf, ever lost what you claim; but all the same I believe that you, fox, are guilty of the theft, in spite of all your denials." The moral is: The dishonest get no credit, even if they act honestly.

"The Stag, the Wolf, and the Sheep" is credited to Aesop. A stag asked a sheep to lend him a measure of wheat, and said that the wolf would be his surety. The sheep, fearing some fraud was intended, excused herself, saying: "The wolf is accustomed to seize what he wants and to run off; and you, too, can quickly outstrip me in your rapid flight. How then shall I be able to find you, when the day of payment comes?" The moral is: Two blacks do not make one white.

"The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" is an idiom of Biblical origin (Matthew 7:15) and as a fable it has been falsely credited to Aesop. The author is unknown and there is no record of it before the 12th century. A hungry wolf comes upon a sheep's fleece lying on the ground in a field. The wolf realizes that if it wears the fleece, it would look like a sheep from a distance. That would enable him to sneak up on a flock of sheep and steal a lamb for his supper before the shepherd noticed his presence. The wolf puts on the fleece and goes off in search of a flock of sheep. It spies a flock of sheep just as the sun is setting, and approaches the flock. Just as it is about to pounce on a lamb, a shepherd comes by looking for a sheep to slaughter for supper. Thinking the disguised wolf is a sheep, the shepherd quickly grabs and kills the wolf. An alternative version is, another wolf is sneaking around looking for a sheep for dinner, and pounces on the wolf in sheep's clothing, killing it and eating it for supper instead of a real sheep. The lesson is: "Frauds and liars are always discovered eventually, and pay for their actions accordingly." The morals are: "The evil doer comes to harm through his own deceit" and "Appearances are deceptive." Here the wolf is the symbol of fraud, deceit, and evil.

"The Wolf, the Nanny-Goat, and The Kid" (Le Loup, la Chèvre, et le Chevreau) is by Jean de La Fontaine (1621 - 1695). His three collections of stories "Fables Choisies" (1668 - 1694) were inspired by Aesop and half are dependent on traditional Aesopic material. These short, witty and moralistic narrative poems in French have been translated into prose by others. A nanny-goat went out to fill her empty milk bag and graze newly sprung grass. She fastened the latch tight, warned her kid saying: "Do not, upon your life, open the door unless you are shown this sign and told this password: "Plague on the wolf and his breed!" As she was saying these words, the wolf by chance prowling around, overheard the spoken words and kept them in his memory. Nanny-Goat, as one can well believe, had not seen the glutton beast. As soon as she departs, he changes his voice and in a counterfeit tone he asks to be let in, saying: "Plague on the wolf", believing he'd go right in. The canny kid looks through the crack. "Show me your white paw, else I'll not open." he shouted at once. (A white paw is a thing seldom seen in wolfdom, as everyone knows.) This wolf, aghast upon hearing these words, went slinking home the same way he had come. Where would the kid be now, had he believed the password, which by chance our wolf had overheard? The morals are: two guarantees are better than one, even a third one would not be extreme, and better to be sure than sorry.

"The Lion, the Wolf, and the Fox" (Le Lion, le Loup, et le Renard) is from a poem by Jean de La Fontaine, and wrongly attributed to Aesop. A lion, growing old, lay sick in his cave. All the beasts came to visit their king, except the fox. The wolf therefore, thinking that he had a capital opportunity, accused the fox to the lion of not paying any respect to him who had the rule over them all and of not coming to visit him. At that very moment the fox came in and heard these last words of the wolf. The lion roaring out in a rage against him, the fox sought an opportunity to defend himself and said, "And who of all those who have come to you have benefited you so much as I, who have traveled from place to place in every direction, and have sought and learned from the physicians the means of healing you?" The lion commanded him immediately to tell him the cure, when he replied, "You must flay a wolf alive and wrap his skin yet warm around you." The wolf was at once taken and flayed; whereon the Fox, turning to him, said with a smile, "You should have moved your master not to ill, but to good will."

Jean de La Fontaine's 240 fables were published in three collections, each comprising a variable number of "Books". His other wolf fables are: "Wolf Became Berger", "Wolf and the Stork", "Wolf and the Lamb", "Wolf and the Hunter", "Wolf and the Dog", "Wolf and the lean Dog", "Wolf and the Fox", "Wolf and the Fox in the Well", "The Fox, the Wolf, and the Horse", "Wolf and the Shepherds", "Wolf, the Mother and Child", "Wolf Arguing against the Fox before the Monkey", and "Wolves and the Sheep". Because they are so similar to Aesop's fables, there's no point explaining them here. But here is a link to his stories, translations of his original narrative poems: http://oaks.nvg.org/fontaine.html

The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids" (Der Wolf und die sieben Geißlein) is from "Children's and Household Tales" (Kinder- und Hausmärchen), a collection of 170 old German fairy tales first published in 1812 by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, the Brothers Grimm. It has a strong resemblance to "The Three Little Pigs" and "Little Red Riding Hood". A mother goat warns her children to be wary of the wolf while she is out shopping. The wolf comes and claims to be their mother. They tell him his voice is harsh, while hers is soft. He eats a chunk of chalk to make it soft. They tell him his paws are black, while hers are white. He puts flour on his paws. They let him in and he tears apart the house to find them, swallows them all except the youngest, who hides in the clock. The mother returns to the damage and the youngest emerges. She steps outside, and they find the wolf sleeping, and something struggling in his stomach. They cut him open, and the six kids emerge alive. She puts in stones instead. When he wakes, he goes to a well to drink, and the stones drag him in, so he drowns. The Grimms follow "Little Red Riding Hood" very closely in the opening and the conclusion is identical to the source.

Another Grimm's tale is "The Wolf and the Man" (Der Wolf und der Mensch). A fox was telling a wolf about the strength of humans. The wolf said, "If I had a chance to see a man, I would attack him." "I can help you to do that", said the fox. "Come to me early tomorrow morning, and I will show you one." The wolf returned the next day and the fox took him to a road where a hunter went every day. First came an old soldier. "Is that a man?" asked the wolf. "No," answered the fox. Then came a little boy who was going to school. "Is that a man?" asked the wolf. "No," replied the fox. Next a hunter with his double-barreled shotgun came along. The fox said to the wolf, "Look, here comes a man, you must attack him, but I will go off to my hole." The wolf then rushed the man. When the hunter saw him he said, "It's a pity that I have not loaded my gun", aimed, and fired. The wolf grimaced, but did not let himself be frightened, and attacked him again. The hunter shot the second barrel. Then the wolf rushed on the hunter, who drew out his knife and cut him, so he ran howling back to the fox. "Well, brother wolf," said the fox, "How have you got on with man?" "Ah," replied the wolf, "I never imagined the strength of man to be what it is. First, he took a stick from his shoulder and blew into it, and then something flew into my face which tickled me. Then he breathed once more into the stick, and it flew into my nose like lightning and hail. When I was quite close, he drew a white rib out of his body, and he beat me." "See what a braggart you are," said the fox. "You throw your hatchet so far that you cannot fetch it back again."

The Brothers Grimm also wrote "The Wolf and the Fox" (Der Wolf und der Fuchs)
and here is a link to the story: And here is a link to the Grimms' "Gossip Wolf and the Fox" (Der Fuchs und die Frau Gevatterin): http://www.candlelightstories.com/Grimms/GossipWolfAndTheFox.htm They also wrote a version of "Little Red Riding Hood" (Rotkäppchen) and here is the link: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/LittRed.shtml

Next is "The Story of the Three Little Pigs". Printed versions date back to the 1840s, but the story itself is thought to be much older. The tale of "The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf" was included in "Nursery Rhymes and Nursery Tales" (1843) by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps. This story begins with the three little pigs being sent out into the world by their mother to "seek their fortune". The first little pig builds a house of straw, but a wolf blows it down and eats the first little pig. The second pig builds a house of sticks, but with the same result. Each exchange between the wolf and pig features the same thing: a wolf knocks at the door of the pigs, and says, "Little pig, little pig, let me come in." To which the pig answers, "No, not by the hair of my chinny chin chin." The wolf replies, "Then I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in." So he huffs, and he puffs, and he blows the house in, then eats the little pig. The third pig builds a house of bricks and the wolf cannot huff and puff hard enough to blow the house down. He attempts to trick the little pig out of the house, but the pig outsmarts him every time. Finally, the wolf comes down the chimney, whereupon the pig boils a pot of water into which the wolf plunges. The pig quickly covers the pot and cooks the wolf for supper. Other versions of the story sometimes omit the attempts to trick the third pig, or state that the first pig ran to the second pig's house, then both of them ran to the third brother's house of bricks. It's an attempt to omit violence in the story. At least the wolf doesn't eat children in this fantasy, but the message is clear that the filthy ugly pigs are the good guys to be identified with and the wolf is the villain.

AMBROSE BIERCE (1842 - after 1913) was an American journalist and short story writer. Today he is best known for his short story, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", his satirical lexicon "The Devil's Dictionary", and his short stories. His sardonic view of human nature with his motto "nothing matters" earned him the nickname "Bitter Bierce".

"The Wolf and the Lion" by Ambrose Bierce tells about a wolf who stole a lamb from a fold and was carrying him off to his lair. A lion met him in the path, and seizing the lamb, took it from him. Standing at a safe distance, the wolf exclaimed, "You have unrighteously taken that which was mine from me!" To which the lion jeeringly replied, "It was righteously yours, eh? The gift of a friend?"

"The Wolf and the Lamb" is by Ambrose Bierce. A lamb is pursued by a wolf who flees into the temple. "The priest will catch you and sacrifice you," said the wolf, "if you remain there."
"It is just as well to be sacrificed by the priest as to be eaten by you," said the lamb.
"My friend," said the wolf, "it pains me to see you considering so great a question from a purely selfish point of view. It is not just as well for me."

"The Wolf and the Feeding Goat" by Abrose Bierce is about a wolf who saw a goat feeding at the summit of a rock, where he could not get at her. "Why do you stay up there in that sterile place and go hungry?" said the wolf. "Down here where I am the broken-bottle vine cometh up as a flower, the celluloid collar blossoms as the rose, and the tin-can tree brings forth after its kind."
"That is true, no doubt," said the goat, "but how about the circus-poster crop? I hear that it failed this year down there." The wolf, perceiving that he was being chaffed, went away and resumed his duties at the doors of the poor.

"The Wolf and the Ostrich" is by Ambrose Bierce. A wolf who in devouring a man who had choked himself with a bunch of keys asked an ostrich to put her head down his throat and pull them out, which she did. "I suppose," said the wolf, "you expect payment for that service." "A kind act," replied the Ostrich, "is its own reward; I have eaten the keys."

"The Wolf and the Shepherds" by Ambrose Bierce tells of a wolf who passes a shepherd's hut, looks in and sees the shepherds dining. "Come in," says one of them, ironically, "and partake of your favourite dish, a haunch of mutton." "Thank you," says the wolf, moving away, "but you must excuse me; I have just had a saddle of shepherd."

"The Wolf and the Babe" is by Ambrose Bierce. A starving wolf, passing the door of a cottage in the forest, heard a mother say to her babe: "Be quiet, or I will throw you out of the window, and the wolves will get you." So he waited all day below the window, growing more hungry all the time. But at night the old man, having returned from the village club, threw out both mother and child.

"The Wolf and the Crane" is also by Ambrose Bierce. A wolf who had a bone stuck in his throat hired a crane, for a large sum, to put her head into his mouth and draw out the bone. When the crane had extracted the bone and demanded the promised payment, the wolf, grinning and grinding his teeth, exclaimed: "Why, you have surely already had a sufficient recompense, in having been permitted to draw out your head in safety from the mouth and jaws of a wolf." The moral is: In serving the wicked, expect no reward, and be thankful if you escape injury for your pains. Here is another version:
A wolf had been gorging on an animal he had killed, when suddenly a small bone in the meat stuck in his throat and he could not swallow it. He soon felt terrible pain in his throat, and ran up and down groaning and groaning and seeking for something to relieve the pain. He tried to induce every one he met to remove the bone. "I would give anything," said he, "if you would take it out." At last the crane agreed to try, and told the wolf to lie on his side and open his jaws as wide as he could. Then the crane put its long neck down the wolf's throat, and with its beak loosened the bone, till at last it got it out.
"Will you kindly give me the reward you promised?" said the crane.
The wolf grinned and showed his teeth and said: "Be content. You have put your head inside a wolf's mouth and taken it out again in safety; that ought to be reward enough for you." The moral is: Gratitude and greed do not go together.

A common children's game is "What's the time Mr. Wolf?" It's a form of tag played in the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the Caribbean. At least 6 children are required for this game to work properly, with a minimum of 3. They hold hands and one player is the wolf. The wolf has to stand at one end of the room facing away from all the others, about 5 meters away. The row of children slowly creep up on the wolf chanting "What's the time Mr. Wolf?" Mr. Wolf shouts back 2 o'clock, half past 5, 8 o'clock, etc. Eventually they will be standing very close to Mr. Wolf. At any time Mr. Wolf can growl "Dinner Time", causing all the children to scream and run because Mr. Wolf chases the children and tags one of them. The one caught is "eaten" (tagged) by the wolf, then becomes the new Mr. Wolf.

The Jungle Book" (1894) is a collection of stories written by Rudyard Kipling. Tales in the book are fables, using animals to give moral lessons, and the best known of them are three stories about the adventures of an abandoned "man cub" named Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. Akela the Father Wolf and Raksha the Mother Wolf raise Mowgli as their own cub. In "Mowgli's Brothers" Mowgli is raised by wolves with the help of Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther, and then has to fight the tiger Shere Khan.

Many movies and TV shows have been made based on Kipling's "The Jungle Book" including:

1942 * Kipling's Jungle Book (live action film)
1967 * The Jungle Book (Disney animation)
1967 * Maugli (animation)
1977 * Mowgli's Brothers (animation)
1989 * Shonen Mowgli (animation)
1989 * Jungle Book (animation)
1990 * Jungle Book (animation)
1990 * TaleSpin (Disney TV animation)
1992 * Jungleboek (European TV)
1994 * The Jungle Book (Disney live action film)
1996 * Jungle Cubs (Disney TV animation)
1997 * The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli and Baloo (live action film)
1998 * The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story (Disney live action film)
1998 * Jungle Book: Lost Treasure (live action film)
1998 * Mowgli: The new adventures of the Jungle Book (TV live action)
2003 * The Jungle Book 2 (Disney animation)

The 1994 Disney movie "The Jungle Book" is based on the Mowgli stories in "The Jungle Book" and "The Second Jungle". In the Victorian period, Mowgli (Jason Scott Lee) is the five-year-old son of a wilderness guide who accompanies his father on a hunting trip in the jungles of their native India with Grey Brother, his pet wolf cub. Mowgli and the wolf become lost in the jungle and are left to fend for themselves. Bagheera the panther finds them and leads Mowgli to a wolf pack. Mowgli is befriended by the animals of the jungle including Baloo the bear cub, and they develop a bond as the boy learns to survive. When he grows up Mowgli returns to civilization but says, "I run with the wolf pack."

"The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story" (1998) is a 77 minute direct-to-video release from Walt Disney Home Entertainment. It chronicles the story of Mowgli (Brandon Baker) from the time he is 5 years old living among humans to when he is 12 and rediscovering humans again. The big difference between it and the original Disney "The Jungle Book" is the film is dominated by wolves. We get to see Mowgli being raised by his Father Wolf Akela and Mother Wolf Raksha. They both call him "son" and Raksha is killed by the tiger Shere Khan for protecting the life of Mowgli. In this movie the animals talk, but not with realistic CGI moving lips. Towards the ending Mowgli sees humans, but decides to stay away and join them later.

"Children of the Wolf" (1984) by Jane Yolen is a children's novella somewhat like "The Jungle Book" based on the true story of the Midnapore Wolf Girls, Kamala and Amala. In India in the early 20th century, local villagers tell stories of ghosts in the nearby jungle. But the ghosts are actually two young girls who had been raised by wolves. They are captured and brought to an orphanage where an attempt is made to teach them to speak and behave like human children, but the demands made on them are too great to bear. Told from the viewpoint of a boy who lives at the orphanage run by Mohandas, the missionary tries to teach them the ways of humans. What Mohandas soon discovers is that it may be easy to take the girls out of the forest, but it is far less easy to take the forest out of the girls. The other children view the girls with disgust or fear and constantly taunt them, but Mohandas is intrigued by them. He tries to understand them and gain their trust. He keeps a diary in secret and as Mohandas gets closer to Kamala, he tries to coax words out of her, hoping the girls will one day speak and tell everyone details of their past with the wolves. But eventually Mohandas realizes the girl's true nature and abilities. At the end of the book Yolen describes her sources, how much of it is based on historical fact, and how much of it is fictional. Yolen based her story on the true discovery of two girls in 1920, but points out that her book is not meant to be factual. The 136 page novella is a rousing good story about children who were raised by wolves and only know how to behave like animals. In 2001 Jane Yolen coauthored a non-fiction book with her daughter Heidi about the same incident titled "The Wolf Girls: An Unsolved Mystery from History".

"Shasta of the Wolves" is a 1919 children's novel by Olaf Baker. In the 19th century on a mountain in the Pacific Northwest, the she-wolf Nitka discovers an abandoned Indian baby named Shasta and raises him alongside her own cubs. Shasta grows up naked in the wild and is able to communicate with other animals by body language and vocalization. A human tribe briefly captures Shasta but his wolf parents help him to escape. Eventually he returns to the humans and is treated more kindly and persuaded to stay. The chief explains that he is grandson of the old chief. Shasta's mother was killed by a tribesman who defected to an enemy tribe, abandoning Shasta in the hope that the wolves would kill him. Instead, he survived and eventually returned to the tribe bringing his "wolf medicine". The enemy tribe capture Shasta but he is rescued by his wolf friends, who avenge his human mother's death by killing many of the enemy tribe. After the battle Shasta stays with the wolves.

"Wild Angel" (2006) by Pat Murphy provides a fresh take on the Romulus and Remus legend. It tells the story of young Sarah MacKenzie, who survives an attack on her family that leaves her parents dead, then is adopted by a wolf pack that makes its home in the California woods. The 3 year old Sarah hides in a cave, avoids death, and her survival depends upon the wolf pack led by the she-wolf Wauna that adopts her. Her special wolf-companion is Beka, one of Wauna's offspring. Sarah grows wild, strong, healthy and wary of humans for many years until an encounter and friendship with Malila, a young Miwok Indian woman and shaman who shows her that not all people are to be feared. Growing to young adulthood, Sarah becomes a legend to both her pack and the humans of California, acting as saviour for many endangered travelers. She is a strong willed and strong muscled heroic savage. The setting is beautiful, the characters are warm and believable, and the history is impeccable. Murphy's novel is based on the great works of pulp fiction, particularly the Tarzan series, and doesn't pretend to be a great classic of social and intellectual literature. It's a simple pleasure, a book that joins the humor and magic of a folk tale with a modern feel for the psychological dynamics between men and women, exploring the fine line between civilization and savagery. It has been written with skill, intelligence and wit, radiating Murphy's love of fiction. The wolves behave very realistically, and it is clear that Murphy did her research on the biology and behavior of wolves before writing this novel.

"Wolf-Woman" (1994) by Sherryl Jordan is a young adult story about Tanith who is raised by a wolf pack. Set in prehistoric South America and told in the first person, the reader can understand all of Tanith's thoughts and feelings. At the age of three a group of hunters find Tanith living with a pack of wolves, and their chieftain Ahearn decides to take her back to their village to become an adopted daughter for his wife Nolwynn. Tanith's new mother becomes her only source of love and gentleness as she grows up in the brutal, savage clan that shuns and despises her because Tanith's black hair and glowing eyes make her an outsider in the golden-haired clan. They treat her like a slave. Her tribe fears the wolves and brutally hunts and slaughters them, but Tanith is comforted by them and drawn by their howls. Her kind and loving adopted mother dies and Tanith is blamed. When Ahearn is wounded and unable to lead his people, Tanith must choose her clan, the young warrior Gibran of a neighboring tribe she loves, or the kinship offered by the wolves. At age 16, after Nolwynn's death, Tanith decides to seek out her wolf pack for solace and kinship. The plot is based on an interesting concept but it doesn't quite ring true. Characters are not developed, and relationships are not fleshed out enough to give them dimension. Tanith is the most believable character, at times touching in her longing for companionship and belonging, but others are presented as either negative or positive, cruel or loving, with no depth. Even Tanith's relationships with wolf pack members lacks conviction. She develops a psychic bond with Ashok, the Alpha male, but her wolf behavior is more like that of an observer than a pack member. However, the well written story, steeped in prehistoric imagery and legend, is a compelling search for identity and self-worth in a richly drawn setting. It's not too unrealistic, like some fairy tales where the good characters never die and the bad guys always die. The book is educational, unique, romantic, enjoyable and unusual, something like "Julie of the Wolves", but with a better detailed plot and main character. "Wolf-Woman" was first published in Australia as "Tanith"

"White Fang" is a novel by Jack London published in 1906. It's basically a sequel to "The Call of the Wild" (1903) and is about the adventures of hybrid wolf (part dog) White Fang. He becomes the greatest fighter ever and reacts to vicious behavior with violence and savagery. But he is humbled by Grey Beaver and with the help of humans he learns to respond appropriately to kindness instead of anger. While "The Call of the Wild" is the story of a sled-dog named Buck who becomes wild and leads a wolf pack, "White Fang" is the story of a wolf who eventually lives a dog's life with a loving master. Here is a link to Lone Wolf's review of Disney's film version of "White Fang": http://lonewolfsullivan.blogspot.com/2009/07/white-fang-1991.html Here is a link to Lone Wolf's movie review of "The Call of the Wild": http://lonewolfsullivan.blogspot.com/2009/07/call-of-wild-1972.html

The movie "White Fang" (1991) is about the friendship between a hybrid wolf and Jack Conroy (Ethan Hawke). White Fang is taken from Jack and put in an illegal dog fighting pen where he becomes a professional, experienced and cruel killer. Then Jack meets him again and their friendship resumes. When a group of criminals tries to steal Jack's gold, White Fang is the only one who can help him to fight them off. The film has a savage wolf pack attacking some humans and gobbling up another off-screen. These scenes trouble naturalists battling centuries of anti-wolf prejudice. Albert Manville, a senior biologist for the Defenders of Wildlife and a consultant on the movie, objected to the wolf attack scene during production. Disney quickly agreed to run a disclaimer reminding audiences, "There has never been a documented case of a healthy wolf or pack of wolves attacking a human in North America." A sequel to the film, "White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf" was released in 1994. White Fang is portrayed by hybrid wolf Jed who also appears in "The Thing" (1982) and "The Journey of Natty Gann" (1985). Set in 1935, Natty Gann (Meredith Salenger) is abandoned by her father and embarks on a cross-country journey to find him. Along the way she is befriended by a companion wolf who travels with her for much of her trip and protects her. Here is a link to Lone Wolf's review of the film: http://lonewolfsullivan.blogspot.com/2009/07/journey-of-natty-gann-1985.html

Wolves in literature have traditionally been given the role of villains in fiction. For example, J. R. R. Tolkien's White Wolves terrorise the Shire during a very cold winter. Wolves live in northern Middle-earth and the most feared wolves are the Wargs of Wilderland. This defamation is found in "Lord of the Rings" (1954–55) and "The Hobbit" (1937). A prowling, possessed timber wolf stalks and attacks several of the main protagonists in Stephen King's novel "Desperation" (1996). Recently, however, wolves have increasingly been given the role of heroes in literary works. An example is "The Chronicles of Prydain" (1964–1968) by Lloyd Alexander, with two wolf characters in it, Brynach and Briavel, who are on the "good side" and communicate with humans. In the "Wheel of Time" (1990) series by Robert Jordan, wolves are portrayed as very intelligent animals with a strict code of honor, and some non wolf characters can communicate with them using body language. David Edding's "The Belgariad" (1982-84) has two main characters, Belgarath and Belgarion, who can assume the form of wolves.

"Chronicles of Ancient Darkness" is a series of children's fantasy books by Michelle Paver published between 2004 and 2009. In 2004, 20th Century Fox purchased the rights to make feature films of the book series. The 6 books are set 6000 years ago, and the main character Torak meets a lone wolf cub, Wolf, with whom he can communicate. Wolf becomes Torak's guide. In "Wolf Brother" Torak, Wolf and Renn (the niece of leader Fin-Kedinn) journey to the Mountain, collecting the three parts of the Nanuak that Torak needs to offer to the World Spirit. The book "Soul Eater" features Torak and Renn making a dangerous journey into the Far North to rescue Wolf, then they return to the forest with Wolf. In "Oath Breaker" Torak, Renn, Wolf and Fin-Kedinn follow Thiazzi into the Deep Forest where the Forest Horse and Auroch Clans are at war. Many months later, Wolf and his mate Darkfur show Torak and Renn their new cubs.

"Wolf Brother" (2004) by Michelle Paver is the first book in the series "Chronicles of Ancient Darkness", an Adventure/Fantasy set in NW Europe over 6000 years ago. The book begins with the death of Torak’s father, the mage Fa of Wolf Clan, from wounds inflicted by a giant bear. Fa’s dying words bind Torak to a quest to find the mythical Mountain of the World Spirit. There 12 year old Torak will find the strength needed to defeat the demonic creature and killer of men. Torak heads north and encounters an orphaned wolf cub, whose pack has been drowned in a flood. Wolf has survived because he was exploring higher ground on his own. Torak discovers that he can communicate with the cub. Wolf accepts Torak as his pack-brother, and becomes Torak's guide. Torak and Wolf set out on a journey to prove his innocence and destroy the evil soul eaters. Torak's other companion is Renn, Hord's young sister who is a headstrong and feisty girl his own age. Their journey takes them through deep forests, across giant glaciers, and into dangers they never imagined. Torak, Wolf and Renn are joined by an incredible cast of characters as they battle to save their world. In the end Torak realizes that the prophecy's "heart's blood" means Wolf, and as Wolf carries off the Nanuak, Hord and the bear are engulfed by the ensuing rock slide. Torak escapes from under the rocks and looks for Wolf, but he only hears his howl in the distance, along with the howls of other wolves. Torak yells to Wolf that he will one day return for him, before turning to head back into the forest. Part nature story, part rite of passage saga, the chapters are short and always seem to end with a cliff-hanger. Drawings by Geoff Taylor beautifully illustrate Torak's world. Torak's coming of age tale reveals many secrets at the end, setting the stage for subsequent books.

"Outcast" (2007) by Michelle Paver is the fourth book in the "Chronicles of Ancient Darkness" series, an Adventure/Fantasy book set in NW Europe over 6000 years ago. The start of the book finds Torak, an orphan boy, tattooed against his will by the Soul-Eaters, corrupt mages who seek to take over the world. Torak has spent his life looking for a home, but is cast out of his surrogate clan because he bears the tattoo mark of the soul-eaters on his body. Branded Outcast and hunted from his home, Torak is alone and frightened in the forest, so he and Wolf try to find a way of proving his innocence. But when Torak starts to suffer a "soul-sickness" that drives him mad, he tells Wolf to leave. Unable to control himself Torak gives up. Fortunately Renn and Bale don't doubt him and set off to find Torak, even though this means endangering their places in the clans. However a soul eater is out there gaining strength and time is running out. Renn's struggles to accept her shamanic powers make her a heroine in her own right. But Wolf is the emotional heart of this book. It's impossible to be unmoved by his utter devotion to Torak. His voice has a distinctive vocabulary showing the inner world of a wolf who sees humans as "Tailless", a river as a "Fast Wet" and fire as "Bright Beast-that-bites-Hot". Wolf calls Renn "The Pack Sister" instead of "Female Tailless" in "Soul Eater" (2006). The entire "Chronicles of Ancient Darkness" series is aimed at teenagers, and the previous three books in the series are "Wolf Brother", "Spirit Walker", and "Soul Eater". The storyline itself is excellent and is filled with many twists and revelations, following Torak's fight for survival as he is hunted by the neighbouring clans. With Wolf at his side and his confidence in the forest, he is determined to tear the mark from his chest and prove his worthiness. Often dark and hallucinatory in its imagery, the book combines a crispness of style and a powerful understanding of loneliness, love, fear and friendship with a vivid landscape. Paver's prose is brisk, accessible and absorbing, and she has confidence in the solidity of the world she has created. Drawings by Geoff Taylor again beautifully illustrate Torak's world.

"Wolf Stalker" (1997) by Gloria Skurzynski and Alane Ferguson is a 157 page kid's book from the National Geographic Society. It's a suspenseful fast-paced adventure tale set in Yellowstone National Park. Twelve-year-old Jack Landon, his younger sister Ashley, the family's teenage foster child Troy Haverson, and photographer father go to Yellowstone National Park where Jack's mother, a wildlife veterinarian, is investigating a report that wolves reintroduced to the park have killed a hunting dog there. Due to poor communication and unforeseen circumstances, the youngsters spend a freezing night alone in the wild. Arrogant Jack tries to assume control of the group, but Troy has his own agenda. Ashley, annoyed by her brother's attitude, asserts herself, and Jack finds that he must cooperate rather than dominate. The kids witness the shooting of Silver, one of the wolves recently reintroduced into the park, and fear that an armed man may still be around. Throughout the night, they stay with the wounded wolf around a fire, talk and tell stories. In the morning, they are rescued and each has been affected by the ordeal. The wolf is saved and the mystery of the stalker is solved. From the opening moments at Old Faithful through 48 action-packed hours, the tension builds in this mix of suspense, adventure, and moments of tenderness. This exciting book emphasizes the natural beauty and dangers of the wild. It includes several pages of full-color photos and facts about the Wolf Restoration Project by Michael K. Phillips, a map, and information about the nature of wolves.

"Wolf: The Journey Home" (1997), originally titled "Hungry for Home: A Wolf Odyssey", is a novel by Asta Bowen based on true accounts of a Pleasant Valley, Montana wolf pack. Originally published by Simon & Schuster with line drawings by Jane Hart Meyer, it was retitled and reprinted without illustrations in 2006 by Bloomsbury Publishing. The contemporary story traces the life of a cunning mother alpha wolf named Marta and her struggle to protect her family and return to her home territory in Montana after the forced relocation of her pack in 1989 to unfamiliar territory. Told from Marta’s point of view, her mate dies in the early spring, so she has to support three cubs with the help of Oldtooth, an elderly male. It's the modern age in society, and Marta and Oldtooth travel into a further and more dense area, but are captured, "rescued" and relocated by a group of well-meaning naturalists. Marta is determined to return home with her cubs. Their journey brims with exciting adventures, heart-stopping hardships, and great moments of triumph, taking readers into a world very different from our own. It was late summer when she last saw the Dahl Lake, but when she is sent to Alaska, she is terrified and flees, leaving her pack behind. Without her, the pack dies. She begins a journey in search of her home and eventually arrives in Ninemile Valley, where she finds a new mate and starts a new pack. This tragic survival tale is a moving, very realistic and catching drama. Bowen depicts the wolves without false sentimentality and portrays the real nature of wolves in the wild, transforming the territorial conflict between humanity and animals into a remarkable work of fiction. Bowen wrote the story after becoming outraged over the poaching of wolves in the protected areas of Ninemile Valley. She spent four years researching wolves while working on the novel and expresses hope in the ideals behind efforts to restore wolf populations.

"The Story of the Kind Wolf" (1982) by Peter Nickl is a 32 page book for very young children. Marion Koenig translated "Die Geschichte vom guten Wolf" from the original German about a gentle wolf that returns to the forest of his birth to practice medicine. The wolf decides he doesn't want to kill, but prefers to heal the sick and injured. A silly owl warns sick animals to stay away, and the wolf takes the advice of the owl and leaves the forest to find a new way of life. While he's away, a bitterly cold winter causes the animals to become desperate with the cold and hunger. It does portray the food chain and winter in a dramatic, naturalistic way, and a fox catches and eats a mouse. The wolf becomes a vegetarian and returns to the forest. He meets with resistance from the forest animals at first, but eventually he proves to be a good doctor. All the little animals begin to eat fruit and vegetables instead of meat. The story shows how we can either transcend or embrace the stereotypes attached to us by others. We have a choice. The point of the book is that we should look beyond appearances and give others a chance to improve themselves. Even the fox is a vegetarian by the end. Children are often brainwashed about wolves and many other things and this quirky story with a European style shows that stereotypes are not good. The pastel illustrations by Józef Wilkon are wonderfully evocative. You feel the bitter cold of the winter, the fright of a poor little rabbit, and the wolf's sense of concern as he rescues the animal.

"Brotherhood of the Wolf" (2002) (Le Pacte des Loups) is a 152 minute French horror fantasy movie about a creature known as the Beast of Gévaudan--a huge, wolf-like monster responsible for the deaths of over 100 people in the mid-18th century. It is loosely based on the book "L'Innocence des Loups" (1992) (The Innocence of the Wolves) by French zoologist Michel Louis, a study about a real-life series of killings that took place in France in the 18th century and the famous legend of the Beast of Gévaudan. Set in 1765, the film begins during the French Revolution with the aged Marquis d'Apcher (Jacques Perrin) as the narrator writing his memoirs in a castle, while voices of a mob can be heard outside. "Brotherhood of the Wolf" flashes back to the mid 1760's when a mysterious beast terrorized the province of Gévaudan and nearby lands. The Beast is usually obscured, and in several scenes it looks large, fanged, quill-covered and has pointed teeth with long discolored nails. In one scene a pack of wolves chase a man and attacks him. We hear growling, tearing, thrashing and screaming, then we see the body of a dead wolf on a table. A man cuts it open, blood pours out, its organs are removed, its jaw is pryed open, then yellow eyes are implanted and it is stuffed with straw. Grégoire de Fronsac (Samuel Le Bihan), a handsome knight and the royal taxidermist of King Louis XV of France, and his Iroquois companion Mani (Mark Dacascos), arrive in Gévaudan to capture the beast. Upon arrival, they rescue an old healer and his daughter from an attack by soldiers. The young and enlightened Thomas, Marquis d'Apcher (Jérémie Renier), befriends them and they investigate. Fronsac romances virtuous and radiant Marianne de Morangias (Émilie Dequenne), the daughter of a local count, whose brother, Jean-François (Vincent Cassel), is also an avid hunter and a world traveler who lost one arm to a lion in Africa. Fronsac is also intrigued by Sylvia (Monica Bellucci), an Italian courtesan at the local brothel with secrets. Fronsac is first skeptical about the beast's existence, since survivors describe it as much larger than any wolf he has ever seen. Usually unseen, possessing enormous strength and a seemingly near-human intelligence, the beast has eluded capture for years. Through various interactions and attacks, Fronsac discovers the truth that leads him to the beast itself and the secret society that created it. This over-the-top historical fantasy epic has nudity and passions so intense they verge on the ridiculous. It is full of surprises--just when you think you have figured out the movie it moves in a different direction. The plot grows more and more incomprehensible, but the mix of emotions, action sequences, and titillation is what the movie is about. It's a stylish period thriller and exhilarating ride, perfectly capturing the period, beautifully photographing the landscapes, and combining action scenes with surrealism. The messages seem to be that there is a rational explanation for everything, including supernatural phenomenon, religion is often used as an excuse for committing evil, and the wolf is bad. Jim Henson's Creature Shop provided the special-effects expertise for the creation of the Beast of Gévaudan.

"Shiver" (2009) by Maggie Stiefvater is the first installment of the three part "The Wolves of Mercy Falls" series. The 3 books for teenagers are:
1. Shiver (2009)
2. Linger (2010)
3. Forever (2011)
In "Shiver" 17 year old Grace has watched the wolves in the woods outside her Mercy Falls, Minnesota home for years. One yellow-eyed wolf is a presence she can't seem to live without. The wolf is named Sam and he lives two lives. In winter he prowls the frozen woods with the protection of his pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer he has a few months of being human, until the cold makes him shift back into a wolf again. Grace is sure that he saved her from an attack by other wolves when she was nine. Over the years he has returned each season, watching her as if longing for something to happen. When a teen is killed by wolves, a hunting party retaliates. Grace races through the woods and discovers a wounded boy shivering on her back porch. One look at his yellow eyes and she knows that this is her wolf in human form. Fate has finally brought Sam and Grace together, and as their love grows, so does the reality of what awaits them. It is only a matter of time before the winter cold changes him into a wolf, and this time he might stay that way forever. As the temperatures drop, Sam and Grace struggle to keep him human, but the cold and other obstacles threaten to take him away from her. As werewolves age their human time decreases until they remain wolves. And Sam feels his last summer coming on just as he and Grace get to know one another. The ending is abrupt but satisfying. Told from the alternating points of view of Sam and Grace, the narrative takes a classic Romeo and Juliet plot and transforms it into a paranormal romance that is beautiful and moving. The mythology surrounding the wolf pack is clever, the story is original, fast-paced, beautifully written, even poetic at times. There are glances, touches, dialogue, and thoughts that create a completely believable romance that is sometimes cute and steamy, but always genuine. Stiefvater manages to create an atmosphere of coldness, and you always feel cold reading this book. "Shiver" has been licensed in over 32 foreign territories and remained on the bestseller list for over 32 weeks, selling 130,996 copies in 2009.

"Master Wolf" (1987) by Rose Estes is a 314 page fantasy novel, the third book in the 6 book "Greyhawk Adventures" series. It is set in the land of Greyhawk, where dreams and nightmares come true. The series chronicles the adventures of the wolf nomad Mika-oba, who is the son of the clan's shaman, and his wolf companion Tam-Tur. Mika is an interesting character with the mentality of a sex-crazed hobbit. He wants to have riches, women and glory, but doesn't want work for it. A chain of events may destroy Master Wolf and his wolf companion Tam-Tur. The Wolf Nomads, properly known as the Wegwiur, are descended from the Relentless Horde, which swept into the area around 320 CY. A Wolf Nomad is born for a life of fighting and does not know the meaning of defeat as long as he's still alive. In Estes' novels, the Wolf Nomads revere a deity they call the Great She Wolf, whom they refer to as the "mother of us all." After the death of the Kha-Khan Ogobanuk, the Tiger Nomads split from the Horde and the Wolf Nomads came to be ruled by a ruler known as the tarkhan. The Wolf Nomads have opposed Iuz since he first appeared on the borders of his lands. Iuz claimed the Howling Hills, where the Wolf Nomads have traditionally buried their honored dead, including Ogobanuk himself. In case you were wondering, the lands of the Wolf Nomads are situated in the Bitter North region of the Flanaess, north of Perrenland on the far shore of Lake Quag. The Wolf Nomads speak Ordai, a language closely related to that of their Paynim ancestors. Natives of the Wolf Nomads are primarily Baklunish with a great deal of genetic mixture with the Rovers of the Barrens, to the east. As a result of these Flan characteristics, Wolf Nomads have slightly darker complexions than their Tiger Nomad cousins. Each Wolf Nomad warrior must capture a wild wolf cub as a rite of manhood, raising it to be his companion. "Civilized" Wolf Nomads in Eru-Tovar sometimes simply buy wolf cubs. This book is a colorful and entertaining novel, fast paced and humorous. You'll love Mika's less than heroic attitude and his fun loving wolf Tam-Tur. The ending is strange, but will leave you wanting to know what happens next. Illustrations are by Bart Sears.

"Wolf-Dreams" (1987) by Michael D. Weaver is a 186 page fantasy novel, the first book in the 3 book "Bloodfang" series. Thyri Eiriksdattir, the heroine, has been trained by the sorceress Scacath in the arts of battle and the secrets of Norseland so that she can become a warrior. As the years pass, Thyri matures and falls in love with her cousin Astrid. When their training with Scacath is completed, the two lovers enter the warlike Norse world of campaigning and battle. One evening Thyri's cousin is slain by a White demon-wolf, and Thyri is attacked by the legendary werewolf and becomes a werewolf herself after being badly bitten. Thyri is now subject to irresistible monthly appetites. She is forced, at full moon, to satiate her fatal bloodlust, and subsequently tries to keep others from sharing her fate. White as the moon that awakened her lust to kill, as powerful as the earth that feeds her many hungers, with a sword from the Twilight realms in her hand, she has the torment of wolf blood in her heart. Thyri's journey sweeps her into the lair of a seductive witch, into the castle of a cunning wizard, into battle, and even into the horror of her own dream-walk, where the moon itself howls down Destiny's ruin. The novel is grand and complex, but beautifully simplistic. However, it's somewhat disjointed, characters keep changing without notice, and the chapters aren't in chronological order. You may spend a lot of time wondering when something specific happened, and re-reading chapters to figure it out. The other 2 books in the "Bloodfang" series are "Night Weaver" (1988) and "Bloodfang" (1989).

"Song of the Wolf" (1992) by F. Rosanne Bittner is an accurate portrait of Native American life in the 1800's told almost entirely from the Native American point of view. Medicine Wolf, a proud Cheyenne girl, has extraordinary healing powers and a unique sensitivity that lead her on an unforgettable odyssey into a primeval world of wilderness and mystery. In the summer of her sixth year three events forever changed her destiny: a brutal kidnapping, a miraculous vision, and a daring rescue by a white wolf and a fiercely courageous boy. She was saved from a bear by a pack of wolves, received her first "vision", and is regarded as a holy woman. Her distrust of whites intensifies when she spends two years living with the Prescotts, Methodist missionaries. Her tribe wants her to learn the whites' ways and how to live peacefully with them. The Prescotts want her to be "saved" and live with the settlers. Although she finds a friend in the Prescotts' son Tom, who is interested in Cheyenne customs, she returns to the Cheyenne hoping to marry her beloved warrior Bear Paw. He has feelings of inadequacy with this powerful woman. Medicine Wolf cannot help the Cheyenne preserve their way of life or cope with the massive influx of whites who are changing the shape of "Grandmother Earth". Despite the violent events that punctuate this tale, Bittner's historical romance is a gentle work, thoughtful and sympathetic as it portrays 30 years in the life of a Cheyenne woman.

"The Wolf Who Cried Boy" (2002) by Bob Hartman is a cute children's fantasy, a reversal of Aesop's fable "The Boy Who Cried Wolf". Spoiled Little Wolf goes to school and calls his friend on the phone. Father Wolf reads the newspaper while Mother Wolf cooks dinner. Little Wolf dislikes his Lamburger, Sloppy Doe, and Muskratatouille dinner, and Father Wolf recalls the true delicacies of Boy Chops, Baked Boy-tato, and Boys-n-Berry Pie. This makes Little Wolf wish he could eat Boy, and Mother Wolf promises to cook the first boy their son can find. He teases his parents by yelling, "Boy! Boy!" for fun quite often. Then he spies a dozen plump Scouts hiking through the forest, but his parents don't believe him anymore. At the end of the book, Little Wolf learns that it is better to tell the truth because people will stop believing you if you tell lies. He also learns to appreciate the food his mom makes, so he has to learn to enjoy eating Lamburgers after all. The writing is excellent, humorous, and witty. Tim Raglin's textured fine-line pen-and-ink colored illustrations picture the wolves as rustic homebodies in old-fashioned clothes, and Little Wolf as a prankster in short pants. The illustrations have a quaint, old-fashioned cartoon quality which perfectly suit the story. However, the wolf is still erroneously portrayed as an eater of humans in this reversal of the classic fairy tale, and it teaches impressionable children to hate and fear the wolf.

Little Red Riding Hood is skipping down the road when she sees the Big Bad Wolf crouched down behind a log.
"My, what big eyes you have, Mr. Wolf," says Little Red Riding Hood.
The surprised wolf jumps up and runs away.
Further down the road Little Red Riding Hood sees the wolf again; this time he is crouched behind a tree stump.
"My, what big ears you have Mr. Wolf," says Little Red Riding Hood.
Again the foiled wolf jumps up and runs away.
About 2 miles down the road, Little Red Riding Hood sees the wolf again, this time crouched down behind a road sign.
"My, what big teeth you have Mr. Wolf," taunts Little Red Riding Hood.
With that the Big Bad Wolf jumps up and screams, "Will you get lost? I'm trying to take a dump!"

"Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story from China" (1989) by Ed Young is a 32 page children's picture book about three sisters alone at home who are endangered by a hungry wolf (lon or long in Cantonese) who is disguised as their grandmother in this Chinese version of Charles Perrault's "Little Red Riding Hood" (1697) (Le Petit Chaperon Rouge). But this time the three sisters outwit the cunning wolf. Their mother is going to visit their grandmother for her birthday, leaving the three girls home alone. "Remember to close the door tight at sunset and latch it well," she tells them. A wolf disguises himself as their grandmother Po Po. "Bang, bang," comes a knock on the door. The wolf says, "This is your grandmother, your Po Po." Even though their mother told them not to unlatch the door, they allow the visitor inside the house. The wolf blows out the candle so he can not be seen, gives the two girls who let him in a hug, and they all go to bed together. Po Po crawls in bed with Shang, Tao, and Paotze , and the eldest daughter Shang cleverly suspects the wolf's real identity. After many questions about grandmother's bushy tail and sharp claws, Shang sees the wolf's snout and the sisters devise a plan to trick and kill the wolf before their mother returns home. The children outsmart the wolf by tempting him with ginkgo seeds, saying that ginkgo seeds have magic that can only be obtained when picked. They pull him in a basket to the top of the tree in which they are hiding, then let go of the rope--killing him. The Chinese text, English translation, and illustrations are all by Ed Young. Writing is brief, there is only one paragraph on each page, with a mix of abstract, impressionist, and realistic images for the watercolor and pastel pictures. The wolf seems to appear as a mist on every page to imply that he is some sort of evil spirit. This despicable book won the Caldecott Medal in 1990 for the best illustrated children's book. It perpetuates the lies about the "evil" wolf and contributes to its extinction. Shame on Ed Young! He's living in the wrong century and telling someone else's false story about the wolf. He should be punished for plagiarism and defamation of the wolf, not be awarded a medal. One of Young's illustrations accompanies his dedication: "To all the wolves of the world for lending their good name as a tangible symbol for our darkness." No, Ed Young is the real symbol of darkness: evil, ignorant, mean-spirited, and destructive. This book should be burned along with "Little Red Riding Hood" and all the other monstrous "fairy tales" that have contributed to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of wolves.

"The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig" (1997) (Τα τρία μικρά λυκάκια) by Greek sociologist Dr. Eugene Trivizas is a young children's picture book, a fractured inverted spoof of "The Story of the Three Little Pigs" fairy tale. The wolves in this story are cuddly and lovable with soft fur and fluffy tails. When it comes time for three little wolves to go out into the world and build themselves a house, their mother warns them to beware of the big bad pig. On three occasions they try to build a house, each time of sturdier materials, only to have it blown down by the "big bad pig". Their determination and perseverance is admirable. The wolves' first house is made of brick, a medium which resists the pig's huffing and puffing but is no match for a sledgehammer. They build a stronger house of concrete, but the big bad pig destroys it with a pneumatic drill. Even a house made of armor plates does not protect them. Finally a chance encounter with a flamingo bird pushing a wheelbarrow full of flowers inspires the wolves to weave a house of flowers. The magical fragrance so intoxicates and tames the pig that he decides "to become a good pig". It ends with the three wolves dancing and playing with the pig, who stays for tea, and they "all live happily ever after". Trivizas text is funny, with clever touches such as animals who donate the building materials the wolves require, and the wolves' armor-plated residence with a "video entrance phone" over which the pig can make his threats. The contrast with the original tale and witty humor begins with the opening illustration: a mother wolf lounges in bed, her hair in curlers and her toenails freshly polished, with her three cute offspring gathered round. Helen Oxenbury's charming watercolor illustrations, full of humorous details and visual excitement, are the perfect accompaniment to this skewed version of the traditional classic fairy tale. It has been translated into 15 languages, took second place in the New York Times Best Seller list for picture books, and won many awards. The Economist wrote that "only the most talented of writers can tamper with a classic nursery tale and produce something almost as amusing and thought-provoking as the original." Dr. Trivizas wrote: "Wolves are not necessarily the embodiment of evil, nor always something to be loathed. Indeed it may be easier to make friends with a wolf than a pig...Not all pigs are bad and not all wolves are good. There is good and bad in everyone. Stereotyping character rather than acts is sometimes dangerous because it excuses corruption, promotes persecution of minorities, and carries the risk of the so-called self-fulfilling prophesy...A child told me the other day, "Everybody knows why wolves are bad. Because they is eating pigs." "So do humans," I answered. "Are we also all bad?"

"The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf" (1999) by Joseph Robinette is a 52 page 60 minute comedy and fantasy stage play for the young. Is the wolf a villain or victim? Are the 3 pigs innocent or guilty? The jurors include Miss Muffet, Bo Peep, Cinderella and Humpty-Dumpty, and the judge is Wise O. Al. A reporter, newscaster and town crier are the media. Have they come to accurately report the proceedings--or to turn the courtroom into a media circus? And who is that surprise witness at the end? The answers to these questions and more are revealed once and for all in this fun-filled, action-packed trial-of-the-century. Joseph Robinette examines the guilt or innocence of the accused from different points of view and comes up with a surprising yet satisfying conclusion in which no one escapes unscathed. As a bonus, a lesson or two is learned along the way. It all ends happily ever after, with the newly bonded Wolf and Pigs along with the fairy-tale jury and all the others heading for a post-trial party at the castle of Old King Cole. This play may be performed by children, adults or a combination of both.

"The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!" (1989) by Jon Scieszka is a 32 page children's book illustrated by Lane Smith. The big bad wolf has spent ten years in pig prison for the destruction of the three little pigs, and he tells his side of the story to prove his innocence. Alexander T. Wolf writes his own account of this infamous meeting, and insists that he was railroaded in the classic fairytale. After all, it was only an innocent sneeze (he had a bad cold), and all he wanted was to borrow a cup of sugar from one of the pigs. Why is he now the bad guy? He says: "I'm Alexander T. Wolf. You can call me Al. I don't know how this whole Big Bad Wolf thing got started, but it's all wrong. Maybe it's because of our diet. Hey, it's not my fault wolves eat cute little animals like bunnies and sheep and pigs. That's just the way we are. If cheeseburgers were cute, folks would probably think you were Big and Bad too. But like I was saying, the whole big bad wolf thing is all wrong. The real story is about a sneeze and a cup of sugar." Here is a link to the story: http://www.shol.com/agita/wolfside.htm

Where's the Big Bad Wolf?" (2002) by Eileen Christelow is a 32 page children's fantasy book, a funny parody of "The Story of the Three Little Pigs". The protagonist in the story is canine detective Phineas T. Doggedly who says, "There's only one no-good rascal in this town--the Big Bad Wolf!" When "a big gust of wind hufffs and pufffs," he sets out to round up the usual suspect, who's nowhere to be found. The fact that an odd-looking sheep named Esmerelda happens to be strolling by every time disaster strikes seems odd to the dog detective, but he says, "I just can't quite put my paw on what it is." Esmerelda urges the pigs to put down their bricks: "Build a cardboard house. It's so much easier!" A big gray nose is sticking out of Esmerelda's white wool. The three little pigs' house is huffed and puffed into a pile of straw and only Esmeralda is found at the scene of the crime. Three stupid naive pigs and a wolf with strange costumes create a mystery, and two old badgering cows in bathrobes in the "Home for Elderly Cows" across the road provide a comic running commentary, as does the dog. But who is destroying the pigs' houses, when the wolf is hospitalized with mysterious flu-like symptoms? Doggedly finally nabs the wolf with the help of the wise cows and says, "This no-good, pig-poaching, huffing, puffing, wolf-in-sheep's-clothing is under arrest!". The wolf spends a couple of nights in jail before he's back to his usual tricks. Eileen Christelow provides her own cartoon-style artwork, complete with dialogue balloons. Comic book panels alternate with full spreads of pen-and-ink and gouache drawings, showing sticks and straw flying across pages and a hilarious wolf in sheep's clothing. This is a cute story with the wolf as the villain, and the pictures are what really give the clues.

"Kazan" (1914) is a novel by James Oliver Curwood. It is the prequel to "Baree, Son of Kazan". The book begins with hybrid wolf Kazan (¼ wolf and ¾ dog) going up north to the Canadian wilderness with his owners the Thorpes, where they are greeted by a man known as McCready. We are shown in the beginning that McCready used to own Kazan, then known as "Pedro", and McCready was an abusive master. "Baree, Son of Kazan" (1917) is the sequel to "Kazan". Baree is the hybrid wolf son of Kazan. The plot is about Baree's survival after being separated from his parents as a pup. He eventually finds himself in the care of Nepeese and her father Pierrot, a trapper. He bonds with Nepeese, and the story continues from there. James Oliver Curwood took the "boy and his dog" formula, and created a great adventure story about a girl and her wolf. This successful formula featuring a strong heroine, rather than a male hero, has been used in many of his stories.

"Brave Charlotte and the Wolves" (2009) by Anu Stohner is a 32 page children's book about the continuing adventures of Charlotte, a feisty sheep known for her courage and sense of adventure. She does things that normal sheep consider to be odd, like climbing trees or sitting on top of a fence post. After she saved an old shepherd, the "older sheep had stopped worrying about her wild ways." But the younger sheep were jealous and especially annoyed when the older sheep praised her. "What's so brave about her?" Wolfie asked. Wolfie has a gang that picked on Jack, the farm's sheepdog. They got him riled up when "they would hide in the bushes so he'd think they had gone missing." Wolfie and his gang try to scare the younger sheep by pretending they are wolves howling, "Ah-ooo, woo-woo-wooooo!" When a real wolf howls, Jack won't help because he is afraid of wolves and Wolfie and his gang are terrified. Charlotte is the only one brave enough to investigate its location. She discovers a small puppy whose great-grandfather was a wolf, and recruits him to scare the bullies. Then she helps the puppy find his family. This engaging tale puts bullies in their place, and they cower in some bushes. Henrike Wilson's illustrations are charming acrylic paintings with a mix of full color double spreads and some pages with smaller images. A bright blue sky illuminates a pastoral scene with a thatched farm building, and beside it some sheep peek out of the bushes as an old sheepdog slowly walks away. Stars and the moon illuminate the evening hours to create a somewhat spooky setting for the threat of wolves.

"The Wolves of Aam" (1981) by Jane Louise Curry is a juvenile fantasy novel, the seventh book in her "Abaloc" series, which includes:
1. "Beneath the Hill" (1967)
2. "The Change Child" (1969)
3. "The Daybreakers" (1970)
4. "Over the Sea's Edge" (1971)
5. "The Watchers" (1975)
6. "The Birdstones" (1977)
7. "The Wolves of Aam" (1981)
8. "Shadow Dancers" (1983)
This series speculates about a link between medieval Wales, the mound builders of SE United States, and the Aztecs. Most books contain elements of history or legend. They are set in the magical landscape of the Ohio Valley and surrounding regions, and in contemporary, medieval, and prehistoric times. In "The Wolves of Aam", set in a northern climate, there are great wolves called the "Dread Ones" and the "elusive, magical Wolves of Aam". The wolves are depicted as heroic. Runner, one of the fastest Tiddi scouts, is searching for his missing lucky "dreamstone" and the answers to some mysteries surrounding it. He ventures into the northern Icelands and the grim mountain fortress of Gzel and encounters an ancient world filled with brooding mystery, danger and forces of power. Aided by the magical wolves of Aam, Runner penetrates the awesome mountain fortress of Gzel to retrieve his stolen "dreamstone", the fabled Mirelidar, from the evil Lord Naghar. Jane Louise Curry is a prolific writer of adventure, fantasy, mystery, time travel, and American Indian tales for older children and teenagers. She has written 37 books. "The Wolves of Aam" is 192 pages long, but like most of the "Abaloc" series it is currently out of print. Used copies can usually be found through online booksellers or real world book stores.

"The Tenderness of Wolves" (2006) by Stef Penney is a 384 page novel set in 1867 Canada. During the winter in the isolated settlement of Dove River in the Northern Territory, a man is brutally murdered and 17 year old Francis Ross disappears. His mother stumbles upon the crime scene and sees tracks leading from a cabin north toward the forest and the tundra beyond. She discovers the scalped body of fur trader Laurent Jammett, her closest neighbor and a hunter of wolves in the cabin. Her son Francis is now considered a prime suspect. In the wake of this violence, journalists, Hudson's Bay Company men, trappers, and traders come to Dove River to solve the crime or exploit it. William Parker, a half-breed Native American and trapper was caught searching the dead man's house, but he escapes and joins Mrs. Ross to track Francis north, a journey that produces a deep bond between them. When the pair reaches a distant Scandinavian settlement they begin to understand Francis, who arrived there days before them. Searchers set out from Dove River, following tracks across a desolate landscape seeking a murderer, a son, two sisters missing for 17 years, a forgotten Native American culture, and a fortune in stolen furs. In his first novel, Stef Penney weaves adventure, suspense, revelation and humor into a panoramic historical romance, an exhilarating thriller, and a murder mystery with many plot twists. The novel successfully reveals complex human desires, motivations, and relationships in a multi-layered story. But the first 50 pages are hard to follow, each chapter is told from a different character's point of view, there are too many names to remember, and the ending is unremarkable. The book’s title refers to the disappearance of a couple of local girls widely believed to have been eaten by wolves. William Parker tells us that wolves do not attack people, that they are curious of people but do not attack without provocation, hence their tenderness. He also points out that wolves would not eat an entire corpse so there would be remains of a corpse if this did happen. In the end, we realize that the real tragedy is the men are actually more dangerous than the wolves.

(Excerpt from "The Tenderness of Wolves")
"The last time I saw Laurent Jammet, he was in Scott's store with a dead wolf over his shoulder. I had gone to get needles, and he had come in for the bounty. Scott insisted on the whole carcass, having once been bamboozled by a Yankee who brought in a pair of ears one day and claimed his bounty, then some time later brought in the paws for another dollar, and finally the tail. It was winter and the parts looked fairly fresh, but the con became common knowledge, to Scott's disgust. So the wolf's face was the first thing I saw when I walked in. The tongue lolled out of the mouth, which was pulled back in a grimace. I flinched, despite myself. Scott yelled and Jammet apologized profusely; it was impossible to be angry with him, what with his charm and his limp. The carcass was removed out back somewhere, and as I was browsing, they began to argue about the moth-eaten pelt that hangs over the door. I think Jammet suggested jokingly that Scott replace it with a new one. The sign under it reads, "Canis lupus (male), the first wolf to be caught in the town of Caulfield, 11th February, 1860." The sign tells you a lot about John Scott, demonstrating his pretensions to learning, his self-importance, and the craven respect for authority over truth. It certainly wasn't the first wolf to be caught around here, and there is no such thing as the town of Caulfield, strictly speaking, although he would like there to be, because then there would be a council, and he could be its mayor.
"Anyway, that is a female. Males have a darker collar, and are bigger. This one is very small."
Jammet knew what he was talking about, as he had caught more wolves than anyone else I know. He smiled, to show he meant no offense, but Scott takes offense like it is going out of fashion, and bristled.
"I suppose you remember better than I do, Mr. Jammet?"
Jammet shrugged. Since he wasn't here in 1860, and since he was French, unlike the rest of us, he had to watch his step.
At this point I stepped up to the counter. "I think it was a female, Mr. Scott. The man who brought it in said her cubs howled all night. I remember it distinctly."
And the way Scott strung up the carcass by its back legs outside the store for everyone to gawp at. I had never seen a wolf before, and I was surprised at its smallness. It hung with its nose pointing at the ground, eyes closed as if ashamed. Men mocked the carcass, and children laughed, daring each other to put their hands in its mouth. They posed with it for each other's amusement."

"Eye of the Wolf" (2002) by Daniel Pennac is a children's novel about an Alaskan wolf named Blue Wolf and an African boy who meet in a zoo. At first they just stare at each other, but then they begin to read through each other's eyes the hardships each has faced. Blue Wolf and his family had spent every day trying to escape from hunters. One day hunters saw Shiny Straw, Blue Wolf's sister. Blue Wolf was successful in saving her, but lost an eye and was sent to several zoos. In another part of the story in Gray Africa, the African boy is given to a trader when he's a baby. As he grows older, he becomes a great storyteller and attracts many people and animals with his stories. His parents eventually find him, take him back to their house, and nurse him until he is better. The boy then begins helping his parents with the housework. Everything is fine, but soon the forest begins to thin out, trees start falling, and food gets scarce. This book has an important ecological message, and the wolf and the boy are able to understand each other and become friends, enabling them to move on with their lives.

"The Crossing" (1994) is a novel by Cormac McCarthy, the second installment of McCarthy's "Border Trilogy". Like its predecessor, "All the Pretty Horses", it is a coming-of-age novel set on the border between the SW United States and Mexico and takes place before and during WWII. It focuses on the life of teenage cowboy Billy Parham, his family and his younger brother Boyd. A series of hunting expeditions conducted by Billy, his father and Boyd involves attempting to locate and trap a pregnant female wolf that has been preying on cattle in the area. When Billy catches the wolf, he harnesses it and is determined to return it to the mountains of Mexico where he believes its original home is located. He develops a deep affection for and bond with the wolf, risking his life to save it on more than one occasion. The last scene shows Billy coming across a beat up dog. Forgetting his youthful bond with a wolf, he angrily shoos the dog away. Then he feels remorse, goes after the dog, and calls for it to come back--but it has gone. He breaks down in tears.

"Dream Wolf" (1990) by Paul Goble is a 32 page picture book for young readers, a revised version of "The Friendly Wolf" (1974). The basic story remains the same: while berry picking, two young Plains Indian children, Tiblo and Tanski, get lost. They eventually find a cave to shelter them for the night. While sleeping, Tiblo dreams that a gentle wolf is watching over them. When he awakens, he finds that his dream has come true--not only is a wolf watching over them, but she also leads them back to their home. The author has made the wolf in this version less terrifying to children in keeping with the modern treatment of wolves by humans. Goble shows how and why Plains Indians revered the wolf, and the story is a plea for the preservation of wild wolves. This allegorical tale of the beauty that the spirit of the wolf represents is poetically told and the ending assumes the wolves' absence until "we have the wolves in our hearts and dreams again." Some of the language has been improved from the original, but some of the story's flow is lost in declarations and the truncation of the original is sometimes awkward and confusing. The brilliant rich color illustrations by author Paul Goble speak when the words do not. "Dream Wolf" is filled with glowing imagery, and the illustrations showing nightfall, the children's search for shelter, and the wolf's first dreamlike appearance are particularly riveting.

"The Old Man and the Wolves" (1994) is by renowned linguistics professor, psychoanalyst and writer Julia Kristeva. Barbara Bray translated Kristeva's French novel "Le Vieil Homme et les Loups" into English. In an imaginative departure from her previous work, Kristeva takes us to a mythical, post-industrial world where the boundaries between East and West, civilization and barbarism, and good and evil are erased. Her postmodern parable is about the polarities of inertia and action, conformism and individuality, barbarism and civilization. When elusive wolves from the far north invade and stalk the Eastern European seaside resort of Santa Varvara, people disappear by the thousands or are transmogrified into wolves. Only a Latin professor known as Septicius Clarus or "the Old Man" seems to notice the animals' existence and dares speak out about the spreading evil. He watches with despair as his student Alba becomes involved with one of the wolves and is unable to extricate herself. Soon Parisian journalist Stephanie Delacour, who narrates most of the novel, arrives and stumbles upon a possible murder. A sadistic army surgeon who reveres Hitler, Idi Amin and Saddam Hussein may have killed his wife, historian Alba Ram. A drowned woman--Alba or her double--is dredged up from a lake, but then Delacour receives a letter from Alba, revealing that she has been drugging her tyrannical husband and plans to poison him. Meanwhile, someone has disconnected the Old Man's artificial lung. His resulting death prompts Delacour, his former pupil, to confront her unresolved emotions over the death of her father. Kristeva's novel is filled with psychoanalytic speculations, myths and classical lore, and musings on death, hate, love and the imagination. She writes with great moral intent about society's commercialism, selfishness, and disregard for the humanities. Too bad she portrays the wolf as evil incarnate. This critical allegory illustrates that the wolf never changes its nature, nor do people.

"The Sight" (2002) is a novel by David Clement-Davies about a pack of wolves in war-torn 15th century Transylvania, during the reign of Vlad Dracula. The pack members are: Huttser, Palla, Khaz, Kipcha, Brassa, Bran, Larka and Fell. Kar joins later. It tells the story of a white she-wolf named Larka who is destined to stop her evil aunt Morgra from using dark magic to take over the world and the afterlife. A legend foretells, "only a family both loving and true" can triumph over the evil Morgra. At the beginning of the novel, Huttser the Dragga (the Alpha male of a wolf pack) and his mate Palla the Drappa (the Alpha female) search for a cave in the side of a mountain in which Palla had grown up, where she can nurse the cubs growing in her womb. They are trying to find this cave in order to raise their cubs in secret from Morgra, Palla's evil half-sister. A rebel pack also hunts them. Slavka, its leader, wants to destroy all that claim to have the Sight, which can be used to see the future, heal and even control others. Much pain and hate consumes the pack as they learn their mistakes and cling to each other to learn the power they possess as a pack. Larka, a white wolf born with the Sight, embarks with her brother Fell and the rest of her family on a quest for truth and salvation, with consequences that most reader may not foresee. The Sight is a power that very few wolves have, and it is difficult to control. After Larka loses members of her pack, she goes on a solo journey and finds teachers who help her master the Sight, using it to heal the "human cub" and to prepare to face Morgra. The plot propels the factions of wolves into wars against each other, plunges Larka's family into grief, and spirals closer to a final confrontation between wolves, birds, men, and spirits of the dead. In the end Larka offers "a vision of hope" for wolves and for humans, even though she loses her own life in a final struggle with Morgra. Clement-Davies' multilayered and elaborate plot draws on Christianity, fairy tales, and mythology in an allegory and cautionary tale. The novel features talking animals (Vargs, or wolves), a militant pack with a power-hungry leader, and a tricky prophecy involving a newborn white wolf who has the Sight. Sophisticated language, some complex concepts, clever plot twists, strong female characters, an exotic Gothic backdrop, the mysterious nature of wolves, magic and the supernatural all play a part in this intricate book with a very dark tone.

"Fell" (2007) is a novel by David Clement-Davies, a follow-up to "The Sight". It follows the story of Fell, a wolf who left his pack after the events of "The Sight". The book starts with a pack of grey wolves walking through the snowy regions of Translyvania. One of the cubs looks up at a hill and can see an outline of a black wolf. She tells her father the Dragga that it might be Fell, the ghost wolf that humans and Varg fear. Larka has become respected by the Varg for the part she played in the death of Morgra. Fell becomes feared among them because he is a loner, which is unnatural to other Varg. Feeling grief and guilt over the death of his sister Larka, Fell rejects the gift of the Sight and becomes a Kerl, which is the wolf name for a loner. He looks in a pool and sees Larka, who shows him a picture of a girl with a tattoo in the shape of an eagle on her arm. Larka then tells Fell to find and protect the girl. The girl is Alina Sculcavant, who is growing up in the care of Malduk, a shepherd who rescued her from the snows. He forces her to dress as a boy and work hard. Once Fell meets Alina, they go on a journey to discover who Alina truly is. Alina serches out a blacksmith named Lescu and his son Catalin. After the death of Lescu, Catalin is forced to travel with Alina and Fell. Alina finds out that she has a real family and that the Queen Romana is her real mother and the supposedly dead King Dragomir is her real father.

"The Wolves of Time" by William Horwood was meant to be a trilogy: "Journeys to the Heartland", "Wanderers of the Wolfways", and "Seekers at the Wulfrock". But a trade dispute between the publisher and the book retailer resulted in Horwood rewriting Volume 2 to include the main part of Volume 3. The first book "Journeys to the Heartland" was published in 1995, and the second "Seekers at the WulfRock" in 1997.

"Journeys to the Heartland" (1995) by William Horwood is set in the near future and details the rise and return of the wolf after 1000 years of decline as Mennen (humans) destroy themselves in a cataclysmic world war. This book delves into the fall of the wolf god Wulf 1000 years prior, his fate and a far-flung smattering of wolves destined to bring about his return--the Wolves of Time. The story follows a group of wolves from across Europe, each grieving for loss of love, relations or times past. They hope to form a pack and regain lost territory: The Heartland. Although the story meanders somewhat, it pulls together at enough points throughout to ensure you keep reading. There are two chief groups of villains in the story: the Magyars, an evil and twisted wolf pack and Mennen. The main characters are Klimt, who suffers terrible losses at the hands of Mennen and in revenge breaks the wolves' most sacred rule forbidding attacks upon Mennen; Elhana, a powerful ledrene who admires Klimt's leadership but desires Aragon; Aragon, a very strong and capable leader who generally serves as beta, but lacks Klimt's experience and brings chaos to the pack due to his desires for the Elhana; Jicin, a low-ranking female and outcast daughter of the evil Magyars' ledrene who loses ledreneship of the Wolves of Time pack to Elhana but maintains mutual feelings for Klimt; Kobrin, a large, powerful and accomplished Russian wolf warrior who gives the Wolves of Time their sharpest and most loyal teeth; and Tervicz, who becomes the first to meet Klimt and becomes his loyal, trusted advisor. The chief villains are: Dendrine, the vile, cruel and brutal ledrene of the Magyars; her mate, Hassler ; and the vile, cruel and brutal Mann, Huntermann, who brings about a cataclysmic war among the Mennen that becomes their downfall, enabling the wolves to rise again. The story does contain some very harsh scenes and is not for children.

"Seekers at the WulfRock" (1997) by William Horwood is the somewhat disappointing sequel set against the backdrop of the final days of a European war, with some depictions of the horrors of war seen from the wolves' point-of-view. All over Europe, wolves are hearing a mystical call and are starting a great quest back to their ancient heartland. Together they are the "Wolves of Time" who will herald a new age. The wolves face the task of traveling deeper into the heart of their ancient homeland in the Tatra Mountains of Czechoslovakia. Under the leadership of Klimt the wolves take back the Heartland. They have defeated the Magyar wolves, successfully avoided confrontation with the Mennen, and their first cubs have been raised, one of whom is the god Wulf, in mortal form. Christianity is considered a false religion, and women are treated like chattel and sex objects despite the book's pretense of being "liberal". The central section of the book returns to the poetry and story telling of Horwood's other books, but the final part is not really the end of a saga, but more an apology for not writing the last book. Characters meet, disappear, return later with no explanation, and some characters are unceremoniously abandoned and dumped by the wayside. The book is gripping, exciting, and well written, but the conclusion is not satisfying.

"Nadya" (1996) by Pat Murphy is a 384 page novel about Nadya Rybak, a shapechanging werewolf living on the edge of the Missouri wilderness in the 1830's. Her father was a Polish werewolf and her mother was a werewolf harlot in New Orleans. She strays one night during a full moon and kills a neighbor's sheep, the community goes on a hunt and Nadya must escape towards the west. She meets up with Elizabeth who has been abandoned by her wagon train. The two travel together, and most of the book is about them traveling across country with a wagon, some oxen, and a little girl they find named Jenny. When Nadya turns into a wolf she is an outsider, but in human form becomes an insider to a new group of humans and a new pack of wolves. Elizabeth suffers and does not change much, even when she loses everything she has during the journey. Very few of the characters in the book are evil. The language is crude at times and the sex scenes between Elizabeth and Nadya seem gratuitous. Nadya's search for a place where she can safely be herself, woman and wolf, takes her across the plains, deserts, rivers, and mountains of western America. Fleeing to California, she finally finds a home with settlers on the Oregon shore. With its strong heroines and passionate storyline filled with romance, adventure and danger, this book will appeal to a wide range of readers.

(Excerpt from "Nadya")
"In the distance she heard a wolf howl, a low note that was joined, after a moment, by another wolf. A third wolf joined in, then a fourth and a fifth. Somewhere nearby, a pack was gathering together and announcing their claim on this land. This patch of prairie was their territory, their place. The first light of the full moon burned on Nadya's skin. She closed her eyes and opened her arms to the moonlight. She Changed, and a gray wolf stood by the grazing horse, gazing eastward in the moonlight.

The warm air was rich with scents. She lifted her head and breathed deeply, catching smells that had eluded her before. Somewhere, not too far, there were other wolves. She followed her nose to find the pack's scent markings on a nearby boulder. This unobtrusive gray rock had been marked by each member of the pack in turn. She investigated the smells thoroughly. The wolves had been here recently--maybe a few hours back. Two males and three females. One of the females, by the smell, had pups; Nadya could smell traces of nursing milk where the wolf had rested in the grass. She left her own scent mark on the boulder and continued on her way.

The wolves howled again. They were speaking to her, but not in the structured, controlled fashion of human words and sentences. The howling went straight to her heart and her belly and her groin with a visceral pull. She could not ignore this call, any more than she could stop her heart from beating. The message was one of longing and one of threat. We are here, this is our land, our place. Do you hear us? We are here. This is ours.

Thought and action were the same; there was no gap between them. She was thinking about going to the wolves and she was trotting toward them, moving across the prairie with a steady loping pace that she could maintain for hours without tiring. She headed away from the river, following the scent of wolves in the grass.

She had been traveling for half an hour when she saw the pack in the distance. Half a dozen wolves had gathered on a small rise. On the wind, she caught a milky scent--this was a den site with young pups. She slowed her pace, drawn to the wolves but feeling suddenly anxious. Her heart was pounding quickly, and she resisted the urge to run.

In the Missouri woods, in the company of her own family, she had never met another pack. More than once, they had found the scent markings of other wolves in their nocturnal wanderings, but her father had always led his family away from those animals, avoiding an encounter with another pack. Nadya was upwind of the pack and they had not noticed her yet. She hesitated, gazing at the distant animals. The hair on her neck and back was bristling, an involuntary response to the nearness of these strange wolves. One of the wolves caught sight of her and barked, a breathy sound that turned into a low, hoarse howl, alerting the pack to the presence of a stranger. All the wolves turned to face Nadya, fixing her with intense stares.

Nadya whined low in her throat, flattening her ears, tucking her tail between her legs, and lowering her head submissively. Part of her wanted to run away, but she was drawn to the pack by her loneliness and her need for companionship. At the same time, she was afraid, knowing that she did not belong here."

"One Wolf Howls" (2009) by Scotti Cohn is a 32 page non-fiction picture book for young children. It's arranged as a counting book that begins with a single wolf in January and adds one more for each month of the year. The book presents verse and paintings set in a forest. On each double-page spread, a rhymed quatrain indicates the month of the year, the number of wolves, and what they are doing, while a vivid, realistic painting illustrates the weather as well as the place and the wolves’ activities. Using lighting and seasonal cues skillfully, illustrator Susan Detwiler achieves much variety and invokes just the right amount of romanticism: the naturalistic paintings of wolves tussle in the purple rays of a frigid sunrise and dance in the falling shadows of twilight, but they're always unmistakably wild. The concept of adding one wolf each month doesn’t create a believable story, but there’s plenty to engage children in the individual scenes of woods and wolves. Cohn's rhyming text follows a predictable pattern and rhythm but is varied enough to keep a child's attention. An appended section offers two illustrated activities as well as information about the life cycle, hunting behavior, and endangered status of wolves. The February's spread reads:
"Two wolves play in a February snowfall--
frisky, frosty, fairyland snow.
Two wolves play in a February snowfall
deep in the woods where the harsh winds blow."

"Wolf Summer" (2001) by Andrew Matthews is a 192 page novel for the young about Anna, who is sent in disgrace to spend the summer with her grandmother "Nan" to keep her from seeing her boyfriend Matt. She was found locked in her bedroom with her boyfriend by her Dad, who was totally disgusted. At first Anna finds life at her Nan's very boring and tiresome. Her disappointment fades when she becomes absorbed by voluntary work at the local wolf sanctuary where she meets fellow volunteer Pete, but the two of them don't see eye to eye. However, an unexpected friendship develops, which contrasts with the superficial physical relationship she had with Matt. Pete's father is Zack. When Manitou, the dominant alpha male wolf, takes a shine to Anna, it develops into an intense spiritual relationship. Can Pete really be jealous? And will they be able to pull together when Manitou is threatened? The public fear of wolves is strong and threatens to destroy the progress made by the sanctuary. It looks like now is the time for Anna to learn that love is unconditional--and often a huge price has to be paid. Contemporary themes of parental constraints combined with an exciting and dramatic storyline create a sensitively-written novel in which Andrew Matthews perfectly captures the emotions of all his characters. It's good at the beginning, sags in the middle, but perks up towards the end. You never know what is going to happen next, so it is suspenseful, shocking, sad, descriptive, and easy to follow. The book was written in the 3rd person, a story of life, love, jealousy, passion, death, and wolves. At times the book has you sitting on the edge of your seat and you feel and think exactly what the characters are experiencing. At the beginning it is romantic but then it turns into a wolf lover book. Basically "Wolf Summer" is a celebration of the wolf with a love story to educate and entertain. Andrew Matthews has written numerous books for children and teenagers such as "King Arthur", "The Orchard Book of Shakespeare Stories", and "Shadow of the Wolf" (2002)--a 192 page psychological thriller about protagonist Danni, her best friend Leah, and her boyfriend Nick being stalked by a wolf.

"Shadow Mountain: A Memoir of Wolves, a Woman, and the Wild" (2002) by Renée Askins is a 336 page book, part memoir, part meditation, and part love story that examines our human relationship with the natural world. Before the start of Chapter One is a quote from Mahatma Gandhi, "Whatever you do will be insignificant and it is very important that you do it." Gandhi also wrote that you can judge people by the way they treat animals. While completing an undergraduate research thesis at Indiana's Wolf Park, Renée Askins was given a two-day-old wolf cub to raise. She named the cub Natasha. Through her work with Natasha and her siblings, Askins developed a deep love for the species. When Natasha was taken from her and sent to a remote research facility, Askins made a promise to the wolf cub: "Your life, your sacrifice, will make a difference." It did. Renée Askins spent the next fifteen years to restore wolves to Yellowstone National Park, where they had been completely exterminated by 1926. In the 1990's, Yellowstone still had every plant and animal species that was present when European settlers first reached North America except for one: the wolf. Askins formed the Wolf Fund in 1986, an organization whose only goal was to return the wolf to Yellowstone. The campaign's popularity with the American public aroused the rage of the western ranching community and their powerful political allies in Washington. She endured death threats, years of debate and political manipulations, and heartbreaking setbacks when colonizing wolves were illegally killed. But in March 1995, Askins witnessed the realization of her mission when wolves were released into their native home in Yellowstone--the first wolves to be found there in almost a century. Askins's delightful writing includes many non-wolf topics, including her autobiography about her upbringing, lovers, her dogs, and a friend and a sister who died of cancer. She is a hero and "Shadow Mountain" is as wild and unpredictable as the wolf that inspired it.

"Oyèla and the Wolves" (2008) (Oyèla e i Lupi) is a historical novel for adults by wildlife photographer Angelo Gandolfi and Elisabeth van lersel written in Italian and not available in English. It takes place in 1545 A.D. and is about a 14 year old girl named Oyèla, a shepherdess "apprentice witch" who raises a wolf and stays in touch with a wolf pack. Oyèla lives in the Dolomite Alps with a former nun named Samblana. They rescue Seera, a wounded she-wolf who gives birth to Raum. He stays with Oyèla and Samblana, and Seera returns to her pack. Raum and the pack of wolves are main characters and behave like wolves. The story is about a witch-hunt and the involvement of the pack of wolves with the Inquisition. Angelo Gandolfi is an expert on the history of wolves and wrote: "The wolf was often seen as an outlaw, a bandit, a murderer: killing wolves was felt as an act of justice. From the Middle Ages up to the late Eighteenth century many animals were put on trial. Usually they had committed homicide, perhaps a pig who had eaten an infant, or a horse who had accidentally kicked a girl...Killing the wolf was not only a matter of defending one’s life, or domestic stocks: it was a kind of moral duty. That is the reason why in my novel "Oyèla and the Wolves" one chapter is dedicated to the trial of two wolves by the Inquisition. That may seem rather far-fetched, yet it is historically correct. A bloodthirsty beast was naturally enough a tool of the Devil, but later it became a devourer of man’s soul, and so the Devil himself. In this way wolves were connected with all sorts of witchcraft and sorcery. Witches rode on wolves to reach the Sabbath; witches disguised themselves as wolves; witches had perverted sexual relations with wolves; witches transformed other people into wolves, giving life to werewolves ("Wer" is Old English for "man")."

"Wolf and Iron" (1990) by Gordon R. Dickson is a post-apocalyptic story about a man and wolf who survive together. Dickson did extensive research into the behavior of wolves to write his novel. Jeremy Bellamy "Jeebee" Walthers was a scientist in Indiana, and his goal is to cross 2000 miles of ravaged countryside to reach the security of his brother's Montana ranch. En route he befriends a wolf who becomes a partner and companion. The story deals with Jeremy's interaction with the wolf and the other human survivors of the economic collapse. He could never make it on his own, but he has been adopted by a great Gray Wolf. Together they share a bond that is the heart of this story. A man alone, with only an enigmatic wolf for company, creates a fascinating premise that is very sparse on dialogue. Although laborious at times, it is never dull. There is much to like and learn in "Wolf and Iron", not only about the behavior of the wolf, but also about basic survival. They meet up with a man and his daughter who saw the disaster coming and prepared for it by establishing a trade route. Then they travel a large loop through the mid-section of the country in a wagon, buying, selling and trading with the small pockets of surviving humanity. Dickson has created a superior novel, colorful, well written, and filled with well-developed multidimensional characters. The wolf is especially fascinating.

"The Eyes of Gray Wolf" (1993) is juvenile fiction by Jonathan London and Jon Van Zyle (Illustrator). It follows the restless Gray Wolf as he wanders through a winter night. He races along icy ridges, howls at the moon, and fiercely defends his territory against an unknown pack. Unknowingly he has infringed on another pack's territory. "His eyes burn like steady flames. The leader of the pack stares back. Their eyes lock. The moon burns a hole in the night." London recreates this moment frozen in time, filled with tension, and the power of this moment generates a story. A young white wolf steps out of the pack, the two animals meet, circle each other, leave together, and eventually become leaders of a new pack. The strength of this story is in its art. Illustrations present a dramatic look at a beautiful, endangered animal. The moon is a powerful presence, washing over the snow, lighting the wolves' eyes with intensity, highlighting their bristling fur. Van Zyle's art draws readers into the environment and the story. A map showing the animal's past and present ranges, an extensive list of conservation organizations, and an excellent author's note that discusses the history, behavior, and endangered species status contribute to the authority of the book. This best-selling novel has won many awards and honors.

"Through Wolf's Eyes" (2001) by Jane Lindskold is the first book in the "Firekeeper" saga. The books in the series are:
1. Through Wolf's Eyes (2001)
2. Wolf's Head, Wolf's Heart (2002)
3. The Dragon of Despair (2003)
4. Wolf Captured (2004)
5. Wolf Hunting (2006)
6. Wolf's Blood (2007)
Firekeeper only vaguely remembers when she didn't live with her "family", a pack of "royal wolves" that are bigger, stronger, and smarter than normal wolves. After years in the wild, a group of humans have come into the woods west of the Iron Mountains. The expedition is an attempt to find Prince Barden, the lost king's son and heir to the throne. But the expedition soon discovers Barden’s settlement was destroyed in a fire 10 years ago. Firekeeper decides to rejoin human society. Accompanied by her pack mate Blind Seer and a falcon named Elation, Firekeeper joins and travels with the humans back to their kingdom of Hawk Haven. She arrives and is adopted into Earl Kestrel’s family and named "Lady Blysse Norwood" in honor of Prince Barden's only child. Because Firekeeper is thought to be Prince Barden's daughter she is quickly thrown into the royal court’s games of intrigue and manipulation. Everyone competes to gain Blysse's favor and most think she is an ignorant primitive, dismissing her as "little more than a freak". Her time with the wolves trained her quite well for dealing with a pack of nobles, but her preference remains turning into a real wolf. Firekeeper is human in form, but a wolf in her thoughts. The fantasy plot goes on and on with politics and war. Firekeeper worries she will never be able to see her wolf pack again, she is allowed to return to the wilderness, but decides to remain with the humans until after winter. It's a very complex and fascinating fantasy world seen from a wolf's point of view, a powerful gender bending book with magical animals, nobles, and a heroine who feels real. The beginning is good, the plot unpredictable, and the ending is somewhat disappointing.

"Wolf's Head, Wolf's Heart" (2002) by Jane Lindskold is the second of a series of six fantasy books featuring the wolf-woman Firekeeper. It's a tale of humane wolves, beastly men, and a brilliant heroine who must find her way in a dangerous world. Brought up by intelligent language-using Royal wolves, Firekeeper was found by humans and has yet to learn about human customs. Her other name is "Lady Blysse" and she is brought to the court of Hawk Haven. Three artifacts of magical value are stolen by Queen Valora, things start to go wrong, and the plot thickens. Firekeeper returns to her pack of wolves after an urgent summoning, and her friends watch over the court, uncovering a plan of treason. She is still a wolf, with a wolf's outlook on life. After her trip to the Royal Beasts her language and manners regress again. For someone raised in a wolf pack, the politics of a royal court were neither complex nor wholly unfamiliar to Firekeeper.

"Wolf Captured" (2004) by Jane Lindskold is the fourth book in her fantasy series. Born a human but raised by wolves, Firekeeper is only grudgingly accepted by each community. When people find her in the western lands, they take her and her wolf friend Blind Seer to Darien Carter, who teaches her how humans behave. She is adopted into the royal family and given a noble title. Along with counselor Derian Carter, Firekeeper is kidnapped and taken to the land of Liglim, where the people worship their gods with the aid of "Wise" animals called yarimaimalom. The rulers of Liglim have heard that Firekeeper can speak to animals and they want her to teach them this skill. The Liglimoshti use the yarimaimalom to interpret the will of their gods through divination. To be able to talk directly with the animals would bring the Liglimoshti one step closer to their gods. This story broadens Firekeeper's experiences with humans and Beasts, she learns more about herself and her family, and even meets someone who knew her father and mother. Though wolf in heart, Firekeeper despairs that her human form is too great an obstacle to the love that lies between her and her pack brother. Meanwhile, Dark Death, a male Wise Wolf has seen the beauty and strength of Firekeeper and wants her for his mate.

"The She-Wolf" by Saki (H. H. Munro) is from his collection of short stories "Beasts and Superbeasts" (1914). Saki (1870-1916) was a prolific Scottish author of the Edwardian era, often referred to as the master of short stories. The witty, satirical, and icy humour of H.H. Munro's stories has kept their power to shock nicely preserved. V.S. Pritchett said, "Saki writes like an enemy. Society has bored him to the point of murder. Our laughter is only a note or two short of a scream of fear." Creatures that essentially can never be tamed--felines and wolves preeminently--were Saki's favorites. In his popular novella "The Unbearable Bassington" (1912) the hero is a man named Tom Keriway, whose daredevil nature is summed up in the echoing phrase "a man that wolves have sniffed at."
Saki's "The Storyteller" (1910) pokes fun at children's literature. A cynical bachelor on a train tells a realistic story to 3 children about a good girl, but that did not make the wolf spare her. "Bertha was good, horribly good" starts the tale, then a wolf comes looking for some dinner. Since Bertha keeps her clothes nice and clean and white, he has no difficulty spotting her and instantly goes after her. She manages to hide in a bunch of flowers, and the wolf almost goes away, but then her medals for being good start clinking together, so he catches where she is and eats her. The 3 children say that it's one of the best stories they've ever heard. Their aunt, on the other hand, furiously proclaims that it's "improper", and that he's undone years of "careful teaching." "At any rate," the bachelor says, "I kept them quiet for ten minutes, which was more than you were able to do." He muses as he gets off the train that the kids are going to bother her for an improper story for the next few months.
In "The She-Wolf" we read: "Leonard Bilsiter was one of those people who have failed to find this world attractive or interesting, and who have sought compensation in an "unseen world" of their own experience or imagination--or invention.
"I wish you would turn me into a wolf, Mr. Bilsiter," said his hostess at luncheon the day after his arrival.
"My dear Mary," said Colonel Hampton, "I never knew you had a craving in that direction."
"A she-wolf, of course," continued Mrs. Hampton; it would be too confusing to change one's sex as well as one's species at a moment's notice."
"Yes, wolves are nocturnal animals, so the late hours won't hurt her," said Clovis, with the air of one who has taken everything into consideration; "one of your men could bring her over from Pabham Park after dusk, and with a little help he ought to be able to smuggle her into the conservatory at the same moment that Mary Hampton makes an unobtrusive exit."...
"As far as one can judge from outward characteristics," he continued, "it has the appearance of a well-grown female of the North American timber-wolf, a variety of the common species Canis Lupus." Here is a link to the entire short story: http://www.readbookonline.net/readOnLine/361/

"The Last Wolf of Ireland" (1990) by Elona Malterre is a 144 page young adult novel about Devin O'Hara and Katey Sullivan who find a wolf's den in the forest of 1780's Ireland. Today there are no wolves in Ireland because the Irish Wolf is extinct. Malterre’s book of legend and history shows Northern Ireland in the 1780's where stories of the wolf's ferocity and cruelness made them feared across the country until the last wolf in Ireland perished. Devin and Katey vow to protect the wolves they have discovered from the superstitious townspeople and the greed of the hunters. They must hide three wolf cubs they have discovered, because Squire Watson has vowed to shoot every wolf in Ireland. Paul Chandler, the town bully, learns the children's secret and reveals the cubs' hiding place. Squire Watson kills two of them and their mother, but one cub named Sdhoirm escapes. Ten year old Devin raises Sdhoirm in the cow byre, teaching it to hunt and fish for itself until it is grown, then he must set the animal free. This story of Devin's lessons he learns along the way about bravery, friendship, and compassion are quite touching. He catches glimpses of Sdhoirm over the years, and finally Sdhoirm returns to the barn three years later to see Devin for the last time. Wet and mangled, still wearing Devin's rabbit's foot on a shoelace round its neck, it dies in the stable. Transported into the past through Malterre's haunting, powerful imagery, readers will be held until the book's last page by his persistent sense of urgency. Authentic dialect and 18th-century details bring to life this eloquent, stirring novel, in which Devin's secret is shared only with the reader. The bittersweet tear-jerker ending might be a little too much for younger readers, but the book features convincing characters, tense action, conflicts and a nimble plot. Wolf studies in the beginning set the mood, and the story’s brevity and quick pacing make this book a good read. The novel begins: "Devin O'Hara walked in the place once called Breaghmhagh, the Plain of the the Wolves. But it was now named Barne's Gap, after an Englishman who drew maps. Devin had never seen a wolf here, although a long time ago at night he had heard one howling. It was a frightening, lonely sound. Devin's grandfather had told him that the wolves stole sheep and cattle, and ate children and even men. His grandfather knew a man in the village who was eaten alive by wolves."

"The Wolf" is a short story from "Wild Things: Four Tales" (2006) by Douglas Clegg, the bestselling author of horror, fantasy, and suspense fiction. Three stories and a novella make up this mini-collection, all dealing with the dark side of human nature with creatures of the wild--some are wolf, some bird, some the most terrifying of beasts: the human variety. In Clegg’s foreword he notes that each of the stories concerns itself with predator, prey and those caught between. Two stories are new, two previously published. The first new story is "The Wolf", about two unnamed men--one is an 18 year old man and the other is an older wolf hunter. The wolf hunter guides the young man up a mountain to kill a wolf that has been slaughtering sheep in the valley below the nearby village. But it's a hunting expedition in which the roles of predator and prey are craftily reversed. For one of the men in this dark story the roles become reversed and the true wolf is revealed. Here is an excerpt:
"How many wolves you killed?" the boy asked.
The boy glared at him in the firelight. "How many?"
"Twenty. Maybe more."
"That's not a lot."
"No," the man said, "It's not."
When I'm your age, I bet I'll have more than twenty pelts."
"I don't keep souvenirs like scalps," the man said. "You need to sleep closer to the fire. Take your coat and anything in your pack. Cover yourself good. In a few hours, it'll be colder than you can imagine."
"I hunt a lot," the boy said. "I know how cold it gets up here."
The man did not sleep much. Just before dawn, he rose and rekindled the fire and drew an old rusty skillet from his pack. He made breakfast with the meager supplies he brought.
The boy awoke to the smell. After a mug of coffee he began to laugh.
"You look like crap," the boy said.
They wandered off the main trails that morning. The man saw evidence of the wolf's having passed through a route between narrow rocks. There was blood of fresh kill and the rotting smell of a dead animal in the air as they moved further along through the pines. He motioned for the boy to remain still. The man went up along moss-covered rock, through underbrush, and until he came to the edge of a cliff overlooking the valley. Nearby, he watched three white-tail deer in a clearing made by treefall, but let them pass.
He sensed the wolf, but did not see him..."

"Flight of the White Wolf" (1970) by Mel Ellis is a 208 page young adult novel about the Hanson family who live in Kettle Moraine, Milwaukee where they operate a dog training school. They receive an orphaned wolf cub they name Gray. Years later the usually peaceful adult wolf gets loose and kills Bo, a prize boxer and show dog. Before the family can catch him, he flees into the surrounding woods. Young Russ goes after him, but when he doesn't return the locals believe he has also fallen victim to his former pet and a state-wide hunt ensues to catch and kill the escaped wolf. Coming to an uneasy alliance with the wild animal, Russ must evade the persistent stalking of the hunters and use all his knowledge of the natural world and survival skills in order to escort Gray on the long and dangerous journey north to the Nicolet National Forest where the wolf can find sanctuary with his own kind. In 1990 Toho, best known as the producer of many monster and special effects movies, obtained the rights to the book.

The story of "Flight of the White Wolf" was made into a TV movie in 1976 by Disney during the company's period of fascination with the natural world. Re-titled "The Flight of the Grey Wolf", 12 year old Russ is played by 19 year old Jeff East. The Disney version bears only a slight resemblance to the source. Heroic Grey saves Russ from a vicious attack from Fritz the Boxer before making for freedom. An angry posse wants the wolf dead after unreliable reports that the animal attacked a girl while on the run. Russ' parents, who aid their son with supplies and a fully stocked survival pack in the book, are completely absent on holiday for the duration of the adventure. Later the same year the feature was serialized in two parts for the Disneyland TV series and received a Disney Home Video release in 1987 in America and the UK.

"The Silver Wolf" (1998) by Alice Borchardt is a 464 page novel, the first book in the "Legends of the Wolves" series. The book is presented as historical fiction set in 8th century Rome, and is about Regeane, who comes from a poor family but her late mother was distantly related to the Emperor Charlemagne. On moonlit nights, she becomes a silver wolf, a fate passed to her from her long-dead father. At such times, the beautiful woman transformed finds her purest moments of freedom and desire. Only her greedy depraved uncle Gundabald and stupid cousin Hugo know of Regeane's curse, and they keep her locked up in a room before she changes while they go out carousing. Gundabald arranges for Regeane to be married to the barbarian lord Maeniel because Charlemagne needs an alliance with the man who controls a crucial Alps mountain pass so he can continue his holy empire-building. Unable to refuse or she will be exposed as a shape-shifting wolf-woman or werewolf, she is strangely attracted to a dark wolf prowling outside the city gates. The Lombard king, refusing to bow to Charlemagne, wants to secure the Alpine pass for himself. His soldiers try to kill Regeane in a market, and as she flees she lets the wolf out and kills one of those who would kill her. Regeane then finds herself protected by Pope Hadrian's courtesan Lucilla, and she acquires a guardian--a stubborn and gentle Saxon leper girl named Elfgifa and they become friends. The historical aspect of "The Silver Wolf" is not its strongest. Sex and violence in the book's first quarter may put some readers off, but the plot improves after the first seventy-five or hundred pages. Readers who like fantasy with gritty realism and who can overlook anachronistic modern dialogue in a period melodrama will find themselves intrigued with the twists in this werewolf tale. Alice Borchardt was Anne Rice's sister, but she wrote very different stories, and died in 2007.

(Excerpt from Chapter One)
"The wolf stood there. Regeane was, as wolves go, a large wolf. She had the same weight as the girl, over a hundred pounds. She was much stronger than in her human state--lean, quick, and powerful. Her coat was smooth and thick. The pelt glowed silver as it caught the moonlight on its long guard hairs. The wolf's heart overflowed with joy and gratitude. Regeane would never have admitted it in her human state, but she loved the wolf and, papal blessing or not, she would never let her go. From the bottom of her heart, she reveled in the change. Sometimes, while in her human state, she wondered who was wiser, she or the wolf. The wolf knew. Growing more beautiful and stronger year after year, the wolf waited for Regeane to be ready to receive her teaching and understand it. The silver wolf lifted herself on her hind legs and, placing her forepaws on the window sill, peered out. She saw not just with eyes as these maimed humans did, but with sensitive ears and nose. The world humans saw was like a fresco--dimensionless as a picture painted on a wall. To be believed in by the wolf, a thing had to have not only image, but smell, texture, and taste. Ah God...how beautiful. The world was filled with wonder...Those sounds and smells, and many others, were woven together by her wolf senses into a rich fabric of unending variety and everlasting delight. The silver wolf dropped her forepaws to the floor with a soft, nearly inaudible cry of longing. Then her lips drew back from her teeth in a snarl at the sound of voices in the other room."

"Betsy Who Cried Wolf" (2002) by Gail Carson Levine is a young children's picture book, a delightful twist on Aesop's fable "The Boy Who Cried Wolf". On her eighth birthday, Betsy receives a gift: the people of Bray Valley entrust her with the care of a flock of sheep. After taking the Shepherd's Oath and arming herself with her mom's pies and a wolf-watching checklist from Shepherd School, Betsy begins her new job on the mountainside and takes her job very seriously. One day a hungry wolf named Zimmo, the mountain's last wolf, decides to trick Betsy. The wolf reveals himself to spunky Betsy, who calls to warn the villagers of the wolf, but he disappears back into the woods. The villagers think Betsy lied and get angry at her. The next day the wolf plays the same trick and gets the same result. On the third day, the wolf charges towards a herd of sheep. Betsy calls for the villagers, but no one comes. Just before the wolf can attack the sheep, Betsy accidentally knocks over her lunch pail and the wolf stops his pursuit of the sheep to share Betsy's pies. Grateful to Betsy for her kindness, Zimmo later rescues a few of Betsy's sheep as they near a cliff, and the two form a friendship. He takes the Shepherd's Oath and joins Betsy on the hillside and they shepherd the herd together. Despite a text sprinkled with plenty of fun words and names, not much tension builds, and the friendship forged between Betsy and Zimmo seems abrupt. The running commentary on events made by the sarcastic and silly sheep is amusing, creating funny insights. But the real star of this book is illustrator Scott Nash. His bold, bright, and cartoon-like illustrations with their clean lines, crisp colors, and folk-art touches add considerably to the story. There are witty sheep asides and thought balloons that are engaging, expressive, and filled with eye-catching detail. Sheep alway walk on their two hind legs, sport woolen coiffures and have a penchant for wisecracks. Hilarious hand-lettered asides ("The pie is mightier than the fang", "Baaaaaad shepherdess!") give the sheep personality and Betsy, clad in a skirt, sweatshirt and embroidered jeans, seems to straddle the Old World and the new.

"The Last Wolf" (1993) by Gary Enright is a 204 page novel for teenagers and adults about the wolf's struggle against the efforts of humans to exterminate this species. The story is based on the life of "Three Toes", a wolf that roamed the prairies of the Dakota's, Montana, and Wyoming in the early 1900's. It's told from the wolf's point of view and documents how "Three Toes of Harding County" in South Dakota suffered 13 years of attempts by hunters and trappers to capture him before finally being caught. The book emphasizes the impact of early wolf eradication programs. "Three Toes" resorts to vengeance because of the things that humans have done to his wolf pack, such as trapping, hunting, and poisoning their food. He fights the humans for survival. There is dialogue, even though the wolves only communicate through body language, and Enright gets inside a wolf's head without making the animal human. This is a well written book with the interesting concept of a vengeful wolf.

"Runt" (2002) by Marion Dane Bauer is a 144 page children's book that takes place deep in the forests of northern Minnesota. Four normal sized wolf cubs are born: Leader, Sniffer, Runner, and Thinker. Then comes the last very small cub named Runt. At first he is content with his place in the world, but when he learns what "runt" means he starts to worry. Runt struggles to find his place in the pack and always tries to impress his father, the pack leader. Unfortunately, most of the things he does end up backfiring. Runt learns the ways of the wild alongside his brothers and sisters but often makes mistakes, many of them serious. When he feels the displeasure of the other wolves, especially his father, he withdraws more and more. Life is good, but tough at times. Brothers and sisters die, they are hungry at times, and other wolves want to rule the pack. Runt just has to figure out how he can be something other than just a "runt". He ends up going off with the wolf who wants to take over as pack leader. The wolf is eating a cow he killed. He brought back the meat to Runt’s father but he refused to eat it. Now Runt has followed him and is going to take what his father wouldn’t. Fortunately Raven warns him not to eat meat that has been poisoned by humans. While roaming, Runt finds a moose and howls for his family. It is then he is given his new name of Singer because he has stories and things to tell. The way Runt discovers his own worth makes for a moving story. As with all good animal stories, it reflects our own world and reminds us what it means to be alive.

"Walk with a Wolf" (1998) by Janni Howker is a 32 page children's picture book that takes readers to Canada's Yukon Territory where wolves roam free. An adult she-wolf is reunited with her pack and mate. She howls to her pack, greets her half-grown cubs and black-furred mate, and accompanies them in a hunt for an old lame bull moose. Successful, the wolves eat then curl up in the falling snow and dream of the warmth of spring, with the female dreaming of new cubs. The hunt has been somewhat sanitized, and though the text refers to "drops of his blood fall like berries to the ground," the snow maintains its pristine whiteness. This scene is not frightening for children, and the book is almost poetic:
"Walk with a wolf in the cold air before sunrise.
She moves, quiet as a mist,
between spruce trees and birches.
A silent gray shadow, she slides between boulders
and trots over blue pebbles to the edge of the lake.
She plunges through slush ice and laps the chill water,
snaps at a feather that drifts down from a goose wing,
then splashes to shore and
Shakes herself like a dog."
Along with the beauty, drama, and factual information about the wolf are soft watercolor illustrations by Sarah Fox-Davies that depict the life of a wolf pack. Realistic color and pencil illustrations in soft blues and grays with some rose shades of early winter light are superb. Almost like ghosts, the wolves blend into their muted backgrounds. Flowing across double-page spreads, the wolves always look real with a variety of perspectives in close-ups, at distances and from above. Author and artist offer readers a rare and intimate glimpse of a wolf's wintry world.

"City Wolves" (2010) by Dorris Heffron is a 449 page book of historical fiction about Meg Wilkinson, Canada's first woman veterinarian. Her childhood experience with wolves makes her determined to be a veterinarian. Supported by the eccentric Randolph Oliphant and inspired by the ancient Inuit who first turned wolves into sled dogs, Meg surpasses the horse doctors at veterinarian college and becomes the notorious "Dog doctor of Halifax" in the 1890's. After her marriage ends in Boston, Meg travels to Vancouver and up to the Yukon, seeking the legendary sled dogs. Arriving at the beginning of the Klondike gold rush, she makes her way amidst the Mounties, dance hall girls, Klondike Kings, mushers, priests and swindlers of Dawson City. Observed through the Inuit Ike, this is lively, insightful fiction, revealing the wolf-like nature of humans and the human nature of wolves. Both earthy and reflective, "City Wolves" is told with compassion, humour and realism. In her 5th novel, Heffron has created a wide range of unforgettable characters and explores the deep conflicts and interconnection of social beings in a way that is profoundly universal. Wayne Grady, author of "The Nature of Coyotes" wrote: "Dorris Heffron has illuminated a fascinating and little-known aspect of human behaviour--the degree to which humans have modeled their social structure on that of wolves--and turned it into a story."

"Julie of the Wolves" (1972) is a children's novel by Jean Craighead George about a young Eskimo girl named Miyax experiencing changes to her culture. There are two sequels: "Julie" and "Julie's Wolf Pack". The story begins with Miyax alone in the wilderness studying wolves. Miyax seeks help from the wolf pack and is gradually accepted into the pack. She studies the gestures and "language" of the wolves and by adjusting to their living patterns, Miyax makes herself less threatening to the alpha male, whom she names Amaroq. She gains acceptance as a part of the pack and is able to eat and stay alive. The second part of the book is a flashback of Miyax's past. In the third part, Miyax follows the wolves who help her in times of need, but she realizes the wolves are in danger as it is hunting season. Miyax witnesses hunters in a plane shooting at her pack, killing Amaroq and wounding Kapu. Grief-stricken, Miyax nurses Kapu back to health until he can become the alpha male. She leaves the pack and in the sad ending Miyax realizes "the hour of the wolf and Eskimo is over."

"Julie" (1994) by Jean Craighead George is the second novel in the "Julie of the Wolves" series. The Eskimo girl has two names: Miyax, and Julie. Miyax is her Yupick name, and Julie is her English name. Miyax discovers that her father Kapugen is alive and living in a nearby village. She decides it is time to leave the wilderness and her wolf pack and return to live with humans, but she wants to live in the traditional way that Eskimos have lived for thousands of years. To her horror Miyax realizes that her father's plane was used to shoot and kill Amaroq, the leader of the wolf pack she had befriended. The wolves have followed her to the village, and when a musk oxen is killed by Kapu’s wolf pack it is the final straw for her father. He is determined to kill the wolves. Julie persuades her father to relent, but only if she leads the wolves away from the village, and they will not return. Miyax is torn between her old and new lives. Is she Miyax of the Eskimos, or Julie of the wolves? To her penpal friend Amy in San Francisco, she is Julie, and she must go to Chicago where Amy is waiting for her.

"Julie's Wolf Pack" (1999) by Jean Craighead George is the final story in the "Julie of the Wolves" series. The book is filled with adventure, humor, treachery, and the values of family. While the first two books, "Julie of the Wolves" and" Julie", are told from the perspective of Julie herself, this book tells the continuation of the story from the point of view of the wolves, extremely convincingly. It takes place in the arctic tundra of Alaska, after Julie has decided to leave the pack and live with her human family. This third book focuses on the wolves much more than on Julie, who appears only at key moments. George does not sugar-coat the hardships of life in the Arctic, and the wolves go through some hard times, and sometimes are touched by death. Kapu is the new alpha wolf since his great father Amaroq died. He leads his pack through many hardships and makes great decisions for his pack. Tragic events happen, such as the death of Kapu's mother Silver, but also exciting things occur like Kapu having cubs with Aaka, his beautiful alpha female mate. It is simplistic and at times feels long and tedious---not because of the story, but how it was written. The story is very interesting, explaining how the wolves think, act and understand their world through scent and sight. It ends well, and it's interesting that this entry focuses on the wolf pack and its point of view.

"The Bloody Chamber" (1979) is a 128 page anthology of short fiction by Angela Carter. All of the stories share a common theme of being closely based upon fairy tales or folk tales. However, Angela Carter has stated: "My intention was not to do versions or, as the American edition of the book said, horribly, 'adult' fairy tales, but to extract the latent content from the traditional stories." The anthology contains ten stories: "The Bloody Chamber", "The Courtship of Mr. Lyon", "The Tiger's Bride", "Puss-in-Boots", "The Erl-King", "The Snow Child", "The Lady of the House of Love", "The Werewolf", "The Company of Wolves" and "Wolf-Alice". Her book ends with three adaptations of "Little Red Riding Hood" and two of these were adapted into the movie "The Company of Wolves" (1984), whose screenplay was co-written by Angela Carter. In "The Werewolf" a girl goes to visit her grandmother, but encounters a werewolf on the way, whose paw she cuts off with a knife. When she reaches her grandmother's house, the paw has turned into a hand with the grandmother's ring on it, and the grandmother is both delirious and missing her hand. This reveals the girl's grandmother as the werewolf, and she is stoned to death. The girl then inherits all of her grandmother's possessions.
"The wolf let out a gulp, almost a sob, when it saw what had happened to it; wolves are less brave than they seem. It went lolloping off disconsolately between the trees as well as it could on three legs, leaving a trail of blood behind it. The child wiped the blade of her knife clean on her apron, wrapped up the wolf's paw in the cloth in which her mother had packed the oatcakes and went on towards her grandmother's house."
In "The Company of Wolves" a girl meets an apparently charming young man while wandering through the forest towards her grandmother's house. She arrives at her grandmother's home, unaware that the same young man has got there before her and killed her grandmother. The young man, who is really a wolf in disguise, instructs her to remove and burn her garments one by one as she makes remarks reminiscent of those in the classic fairy tale, such as "What big teeth you have!" When he replies, "All the better to eat you with," she laughs at him fearlessly. The story ends with "See! Sweet and sound she sleeps in granny's bed, between the paws of the tender wolf."
"But the wolves have ways of arriving at your own hearthside. We try and try but sometimes we cannot keep them out. There is no winter's night the cottager does not fear to see a lean, grey, famished snout questing under the door, and there was a woman once bitten in her own kitchen as she was straining the macaroni. Fear and flee the wolf; for, worst of all, the wolf may be more than he seems."
In "Wolf-Alice" Carter explores the journey towards subjectivity and self-awareness from the perspective of a feral child raised by wolves. The wild child, whom some nuns have attempted to civilize, is left in the house of a monstrous, vampiric Duke where she does not develop the appropriate social graces. She gradually comes to realize her own identity as a young woman and even displays compassion for the Duke.
"When they found her in the wolf's den beside the bullet-riddled corpse of her foster mother, she was no more than a little brown scrap so snarled in her own brown hair they did not, at first, think she was a child but a cub; she snapped at her would-be saviors with her spiky canines until they tied her up by force. She spent her first days amongst us crouched stockstill, staring at the whitewashed wall of her cell in the convent to which they took her. The nuns poured water over her, poked her with sticks to rouse her. Then she might snatch bread from their hands and race with it into a corner to mumble it with her back towards them; it was a great day among the novices when she learned to sit up on her hind legs and beg for a crust."

"Little Wolf's Book of Badness" (2001) by Ian Whybrow is the first of a series of stories aimed at younger readers. This book introduces Little Wolf, whose parents have sent him to Cunning College for Brute Beasts in Frettnin Forest to learn Uncle Bigbad’s 9 Rules of Badness ("Huff and puff a lot", "Blow everybody down," etc.) to earn his BAD Badge and convince his family that he isn't a "goody-4-paws". Little Wolf is a wimp by wolf standards but still eats beetles and rabbit rolls, scares a lady at a bus stop, and plays inside a chimney because he likes getting dirty. But his parents have decided that he is not bad enough because he brushes his teeth and combs his fur. Big Bad Wolves just don't do this. At the school there are no students, because a teacher explains, "I am so frightfully frightening, they all fled and flew away!" The grouchy beast eventually expels Little Wolf. Befriended by a pack of Cub Scouts, Little Wolf is finally awarded a badge, but not the one he left home to earn. The story owes its humor to Tony Ross' line drawings and to Whybrow's clever narrative, told through Little Wolf's letters home to his family. "Little Wolf's book of Badness" was made into an award-winning film for television in 2003, directed by Karsten Kiilerich. Then it was made into a play, which ran at the Hampstead Theatre, London from December 2007 to January 2008, adapted by director Anthony Clark, with Llan Goodman as Little Wolf.

"The Loop" (1999) is a 560 page novel by Nicholas Evans, author of the bestselling "The Horse Whisperer". A pack of wolves has been re-introduced to the Rocky Mountain ranching town of Hope, Montana, where a century earlier they were slaughtered by the thousands. The residents accuse the wolves of killing cattle and children. Helen Ross, a 29 year old biologist, comes to Hope from the East, determined to save the wolves from destruction. But hatred awaits her in Hope, with a population of 519 wolf haters, and the hatred will tear a family and ultimately the community apart. Soon Helen is at the center of the storm, by loving the wrong man, by defying the wrong man, and by daring to lead a town out of its violent past. The cattle owners fight her and she faces death threats and other humiliations. Fortunately, an unlikely hero comes to her rescue--Luke, the 18 year old stuttering son of wealthy cattle owner Buck Calder. Together they find a passion for the wild, and a love that survives the toughest obstacles. However, Luke's father has the community alarmed after a wolf stalked his daughter's home and killed the family dog. He won't stop until every wolf is dead. The novel is told mainly through the eyes of Helen, and also in part through the perception of Buck Calder and his son Luke. A chilling character is the wolfer, surreptitiously hired by the ranchers to rid their range of the wolves they claim are killing their cattle. Superficially "The Loop" portrays a conflict between the "Western" environmental ethic and the "Eastern" environmental ethic. On a deeper level, we learn that humanity's society and motives are not that different from a pack of wolves. We mindlessly follow our Alpha male, and stick to a social structure that determines who gets first dibs on the fresh kill and who has to grovel for regurgitated chunks of meat. We kill to feed our young, protect our pack, and to survive. Nicholas Evans has succeeded in showing us what it means to live in the world as a wolf. Although his passages on wolf behavior read like mediocre nature books, the animals do have personalities. This fast-paced novel is sophisticated with a tight plot, the characterizations are strong and realistic, and the dialogue is crisp. It's more a work of ideology than imagination, with messages that man is out of sync with nature, the West is full of lonely, emotionally scarred people, and wolves make better Alpha males than humans do.

"Wolfwalker" (1990) by Tara K. Harper is the first in a series of 6 "Wolfwalker" novels. Engineered by the Ancients, wolves and humans had long been able to read each other's minds. But centuries of decimation from an alien-designed plague had made the human-wolf bond rare. Ember Dion, a healer and warrior, discovered the telepathic human-wolf bond by accident. The link that she shared with the wolf Gray Hishn filled her mind with all the senses of the wolf pack. What Gray Hishn saw, Dion saw also. What Dion felt, Gray Hishn also experienced. Yet Dion never realized how strong that bond with Gray Hishn could be, or what kind of power it was until she found herself lost in the wilderness, with slavers at her heels and war on the horizon. Suddenly she and her fellow travelers are fighting for their lives in the snowy winter wastes, where the wolves are their only guides, the greatest secret of the Ancients their only salvation, and Dion their only hope to survive. Dion, Gray Hishn, and a small group of desperate travelers are drawn to an ancient mountain sanctuary that contains the key to a lost and forbidden art of healing. For Dion there are a few important decisions: the responsibility she has for others, the decision to save lives, to follow her healer oaths, and the responsibility to kill to protect herself, her loved ones, and those who are defenseless. This novel has action, adventure, great fighting scenes, personal relationships, and the pacing is relentless. It is such a harsh and violent environment that both Dion and the reader are never given a chance to take a breather and unwind. Vivid details of wilderness survival and a strong, resourceful heroine highlight this otherwise predictable quest fantasy.

"Shadow Leader" (1991) by Tara K. Harper is is the second in the "Wolfwalker" series. Ember Dion, her wolf Gray Hishn, and their friends have just escaped from slavers, and are trying to return home so that they can warn their people about a a madman's designs for war and conquest. Enemy agents scour the countryside looking for them. But they must make it through the frozen mountains, avoiding the Mudsuckers, Masa, and the troops to warn their people of impending war. Through her telepathic bond with wolves, Dion holds the secret healing power of the ancients. She is a Healer and together they can do Ovousibas, the long forgotten way to heal people from within. But now dark forces are destroying all she holds dear, and her only hope of saving herself and the wolves lies with the mysterious and deadly beings of the sky. What began as a rite-of-passage journey for Ember Dion and her twin brother Rhom becomes a desperate struggle for freedom. The fast-paced story, non-stop action, plot twists and credible characters are good, but the book suffers from an overly contrived plot.

"Storm Runner" (1993) by Tara K. Harper is the third "Wolfwalker" installment. Wolfwalker Dion and her wolf companion Gray Hishn sense that something terrible is lurking on the other side of the border, and she is determined to put a stop to it before her people are destroyed. She knows something unspeakable is happening and people and wolves are fleeing in droves. The wolf packsong, which echoes through the Ancient's mountains, haunts Dion's mind with grief. But the wolves who remain behind, across the wide river, cut Dion off from their minds. She cannot hear their voices. Nothing but their despair leaks through. Dion knows that time is running out for the people on the other side of the border--and for wolves everywhere. Her only hope lies with an ancient rite that has remained untested for generations--the Calling of the Wolves. The story is romantic, exciting, humorous, audacious, diverse, and creative, with characters who have great personalities.

Like "Wolf's Bane" it deals with dark issues. Author Tara K. Harper said: "It's easy to find stories that trivialize suffering in an action plot; and sometimes, when all you want is superficial entertainment, that kind of story can be perfectly acceptable. But in "Storm Runner", my characters had to deal with the same issues and realities I have had to deal with. Abuse of power, enslavement, terrorism, tyranny--those are not superficial issues, and it would have been cheating to allow my characters to live their lives without having to consider the physical and philosophical consequences of their actions. "Storm Runner" requires each person to take a stand, to make the decision. The decisions were not trivial, so the story, like "Wolf's Bane", is darker than the stories told in "Wolfwalker", "Shadow Leader", "Grayheart", and "Lightwing"."

"Wolf's Bane" (1997) by Tara K. Harper is paired with "Silver Moons, Black Steel" and occurs about 13 years after the events described in "Storm Runner". "Wolf's Bane" is about Ember Dion the Wolfwalker, who was telepathically bonded to the Gray Ones. She could hear the packsong and run with the wolves. Thirteen years ago she had seen the plague-death which the aliens had brought to humans and the wolves. She had made a promise to the wolves to heal them in exchange for the lives of her family and friends. Eight centuries after the aliens brought the plague, humans lived by hiding their science, and engineered wolves ran wild in the world. Now Dion has only one reason to live: the Call of the wolves to help them. Only by facing the aliens can she save herself and the future of the wolves. After Dion's entourage has had its climactic encounter with Bandrovic, Dion begins to develop a Christ-complex, questioning why she has to carry a heavy burden of guilt, memories, and nagging companions. Her companions pull Dion aside and offer positive comments on their views of Dion's vision of the world. Then Dion decides to make contact with the Aiueven, a race of superbirds responsible for the plague that is decimating the wolves on this world, as well as killing tens of thousands of humans. Dion uses her own highly developed mental powers--honed through her mental connection to the wolves of Asengar--to carry on a conversation with the Aiueven, a conversation that eventually leads to her being adopted by one of the aliens. Unfortunately, Dion fails in forcing the Aiueven to give her the knowledge that will cure wolves and men. Harper seems to have confused over-psychologizing with actual depth. There is not much plot, very little character development, and the dialogue is not very realistic. This book is somewhat disappointing.

"Silver Moons, Black Steel" (2001) by Tara K. Harper is about Ember Dion, also called Wolfwalker, and occurs about 13 years after the events described in "Storm Runner". Dion tried to unlock the secrets of aliens, was punished with their fury, and she was nearly destroyed. Now, desperate to put distance between herself and the fate that awaits her, she rages against the wolves as much as she rages against the world. She has recovered the ancient telepathic bond between humans and wolves, and the tale begins when she was nearly destroyed by aliens. Dion battles a hostile world, the wolves themselves, the Gray Ones who want to restore her presence, her brother searching for his Wolfwalker twin, her own people who need her knowledge of the wolves to secure their future, and a warrior who is drawn to her. She must fight to safeguard the secrets of her world from forces that could change it forever. This novel was published four years after "Wolf's Bane", with which it is paired, and features the race of humans who bond telepathically with wolves.

"Wolf in Night" (2006) by Tara K. Harper is the first of the series "Tales of the Wolves". This is the beginning of a new "Wolfwalker" series, and starts 37 later. Raised on a foreign world where telepathic wolves hunt in the mountains and mysterious aliens guard against the encroachment of humanity, Nori has grown up scouting in the wilderness. Like her mother, she searches for dangers that could devastate the isolated towns scattered across the countryside. Her mother had help from the telepathic wolves, who sometimes choose a human to bond with, and the human becomes a Wolfwalker. The wolves have encountered dangerous forces. Disturbed by the sense of death along the broken cliffs of Ariye, they reach out to someone who can help them. Unsuspecting, Nori answers the Grey Ones’ call--only to find herself mentally bonded to a half-grown, ferocious wolf named Grey Rishte. She is hounded deep into the wilderness to begin a journey that must end in victory or death. Nori goes missing. She is called by the grey, the telepathic connection with the wolves, to save two new born wolves from predators. She takes them to safety, then runs with the wolves and learns more about the grey. Nori manages to stay alive in the wilderness without any weapons, rations or gear. And as if that isn't bad enough, she can add hired hunters to the list of creatures that are after her.

"The Wolfling: A Documentary Novel of the Eighteen-Seventies" (1992) by Sterling North is about 13 year old Robbie Trent living in a small community in Wisconsin in the 19th century. Robbie learns of a wolf den and wants one of Old Three Toes' wolf cubs for a pet. Bubs, one of his school mates also learns of the den and wants the bounty paid by the Wisconsin Government for killing wolves. When the two meet up at the den, there is a confrontation, but Robbie wins. He climbs into the den and gets a cub he names Wolf. Robbie convinces his parents and his wolf-hating neighbors that Wolf is as hard-working as any dog, so his parents let him keep it. As time progresses Wolf grows bigger and bigger. Robbie and Wolf gain the attention and friendship of the Swedish-American naturalist Thure Kumlien. Local farmers build a house for the Kumliens. Inga Skavilain courts Robbie, first making him jealous of her portrait, then she gives it to him as a present. "Oh Robbie," Inga sighs, "will there be time in your fast new world for swans and lotus blossoms and wolflings?" She is asking Robbie Trent to slow down, to consider whether he wants to pursue a life of competition, or a more contemplative life to get what he wants. The novel ends with Robbie, Inga, and Wolf living happily ever after. This is a good book, somewhat boring at times, and North seems to be exploring a major change in American society. The country was on the brink of technological "progress" which continued at an ever-accelerating pace. Illustrations are by John Schoenherr.

Ghost Wolf" (2004) by Rachel Roberts is # 9 in a 12 book series of children's fantasy novels titled "Avalon: Web of Magic". The series is loosely based on the 1990's animated series "Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders", and the show's creator Robert Mandell was also involved with the books. "Cry of the Wolf" is the third entry and it tells about Adriane and Stormbringer, a mistwolf, who have a unique bond. Storm is lured through the portal to Aldenmor and Adriane follows Storm to the magical world. Adriane faces the challenge of her life as she confronts pack leader Moonshadow and the entire mistwolf pack and tries to bring Storm home. The strange boy Zach she meets may be able to help her, but she'll still need Emily and Kara's magic if she is going to survive this battle. In "Ghost Wolf", Adriane the Warrior knows what it's like to lose a friend. Now she's on the verge of losing everything she loves. Ravenswood Manor is being haunted by mysterious ghosts and Adriane must walk the spirit trail with the help of the mistwolf Stormbringer, and recover a lost power crystal of Avalon. The Spider Witch and the Dark Sorceress will stop at nothing to capture the power crystals of Avalon. They have launched an attack directly at Ravenswood, the sanctuary for magical animals and Adriane's home. The fight to save Ravenswood takes Adriane to places she never imagined, into the very heart of mistwolf magic where a friend she thought she lost forever lives on. The ghost wolf attacks her and Dreamer as well. Adriane's adventure with her friends to save Ravenswood, the mistwolves, and Storm require her to rise to a new level of magic in order to save her friends, her pack-mates, and Avalon itself, or risk losing everything again. The illustrations by Allison Strom are not as detailed as usual.

"The Wolves in the Walls" (2003) by Neil Gaiman is a terrifying children's picture book with illustrations by Dave McKean. Although the fairytale is presented in a casual nonsensical way, it is actually a surreal nightmare. In fact, it came from a nightmare that Gaiman's youngest daughter Maddy had where she could hear wolves moving around in the wall and she related this to her father. The book starts with Lucy hearing wolves hustling, bustling, and crackling in the walls of the old house where her family lives, but no one believes her. Her mother says it's mice, her brother says bats, and her father says what everyone seems to say, "If the wolves come out of the walls, it's all over." Lucy remains convinced and her worst fears are confirmed when the wolves actually do come out of the walls. The family flees to the cold, moonlit garden, where they ponder their future. Lucy never panics, but reacts sensibly and courageously to the bizarre events which inspire only confusion and fear in her parents. Eventually the family tires of spending nights in the garden and decide to take back their home. They move into the walls of their house, where they see the wolves watching their television and spilling popcorn on slices of toast and jam, dashing up the stairs, and wearing their clothes. When the family can't stand it anymore, they come out of the walls, scaring the wolves, who shout, "And when the people come out of the walls, it's all over!" The wolves flee and everything goes back to normal until the ending when Lucy hears "a noise that sounds exactly like an elephant trying not to sneeze." This short original and imaginative picture book has the characteristics of a graphic novel with numerous four-panel pages opening into spreads that include painted people, pen and ink wolves, and photographed computer-manipulated images. Dave McKean's illustrations are spectacular, sinister collages awash in golden sepia tones, and the wolves explode into the story in scratchy drawings, all jaws and eyes.

"Wolfcry" (2006) by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes is the fourth installment in "The Kiesha'ra" books which begain with "Hawksong" (2003). Oliza Shardae Cobriana is the daughter of Danica and Zane. She is a wyvern, a cross between her hawk mother and cobra father, although she can assume both of their shapes. Oliza is heir to a legacy of war and distrust, but a hope for peace between two peoples. She is kipnapped and taken far from her home, trapped in her human form. But in her attempt to find her way back, she meets other shifters, makes friends, and realizes the ultimate truth about herself. A pride of lions clip her wings and drug her so she cannot change shape. They take her deep into the forest, and when she begins to think clearly again, she realizes that weeks have passed. A female wolf helps Oliza make her way in the woods, and she senses it chooses not to change into human form out of fear. When she meets the local wolf pack called Frektane, its leader tries to assault her. Oliza now knows why the female wolf is afraid. She escapes, collapses from hunger and illness, then the wolf returns as Betia, its human form, to save Oliza's life. The two survive together and encounter a tribe called the Obsidians, a rebel group. They are taken in and the bond between Betia and Oliza grows. They enjoy their time with the tribe, but eventually Oliza discovers that guards from Wyvern's Court are out looking for her. The two women return to find that tensions have heightened even more between the avians and the serpiente. Oliza's cobra father wants her to choose a mate, but she learns that her spells are magic that would be dangerous to any of her children. The magic allows her a glimpse into a future that is frightening enough to show her that she must make a very tough decision if she wants both races to survive. To continue her line and her parents' vision would mean war. The stunning conclusion to "Wolfcry" is both discouraging and hopeful for the future at the same time.

"Wolf Songs: The Classic Collection of Writing About Wolves" (1997) by Robert Busch is a 204 page collection of the best non-fiction writing about wolves from the last 50 years by authors noted for their knowledge of the wolf. Once feared throughout the world, wolves have been poisoned, brutally trapped, and shot from airplanes. Environmentalists have achieved a hard-won reassessment of this eradication policy, and reintroduction programs now exist in a number of public land sites in the U.S. However, as wolves flourish under protected status, conflicts have erupted throughout the western states between their defenders and the ranchers whose livestock fall prey to their growing populations. "Wolf Songs" is an introduction to this magnificent animal. There are essays from 18 of the most noted nature writers of the past half-century including: Aldo Leopold, Ernest Thompson Seton, Farley Mowat, R. D. Lawrence, Barry Lopez, Rick Bass, and Dr. L. David Mech. Some of these essays date from the early 20th century, while others are more recent. Although the message is similar in all essays, each one has its own unique personal story. It's a journey across plains, over mountains, into dens and other ranges where wolves roam, and a trip into the wolf's psyche. Anecdotes about hunting, playing, scent-marking, being loyal, and howling, lead readers to believe they have the right to a place in our fragile ecosystem. From a description of two wolf cubs learning to hunt, to an essay on the tragic consequences of raising wolves, this collection makes a persuasive plea for a greater understanding of North America's most maligned and most majestic predator. The wolf is even the subject of the "Wolf Manifesto" which states, "The wolf has the right to exist in a wild state...in no way related to their known value to mankind."

"Howling Hill" (1998) by Will Hobbs is a 32 page children's picture book about Hanni, a wolf cub that has never been alone before. Now she is lost in the wilderness in Canada's vast Northwest Territories. Too little and scared to cry out for help, Hanni soon learns to trust the world outside and the wolf inside--and finally discovers a howl within--a long and deep howl that brings her family to the rescue. Hobbs anthropomorphizes his characters somewhat, and Hanni's mother tells her, "Don't worry. It's inside of you...somewhere deep inside." Disappointed when she is unable to howl like the rest of the pack, Hanni is soon laughing with her brothers and sisters along a river bank. But before she realizes what is happening, she is floating down the river on a log, alone for the first time in her life. The mishap happens while playing on a log in the river. Hanni is separated from her family and swept away. She plunges into the water and discovers she can swim just before reaching a deadly waterfall. Just before the log goes over the falls, she makes it to shore and a sleepy bear coming out of hibernation helps her most of the way home and teaches her to use her sense of smell to guide her the rest of the way. Returning to the deserted Howling Hill, Hanni finally finds her voice and howls for the first time and summons the pack. The water of Howling Hill is described as "hot" and "stinky", but no explanation is given for this and children will probably wonder why. The coming-of-age theme overloads the story a bit, but the tension is strong. Illustrations are by Jill Kastner, dynamic motion-filled paintings that capture the dramatic landscape of the far north. Her full-color oil paintings laid out in double-page spreads show realistic wolves and bears, with only some subtle posing to give Hanni the occasional childlike attitude. The details of the wolves' activities invite close inspection and the last illustration dramatically shows the animals howling into a blood-red dawn.

"Malu's Wolf" (1995) is the first novel by Ruth Craig. She brings to life the European Stone Age world of a young girl named Malu who fulfills her wish of being a warrior. Her clan is governed by traditions that define the roles of men and women, and taboos that punish social irresponsibility and ban cohabitation with animals. Malu, a force for change, teaches herself to hunt and raises an orphaned wolf cub, Kono. As Malu's understanding of wolf behavior increases, she realizes that a strong emotional bond has formed. A young hunter threatens Malu, and Kono is sentenced to death when she protects Malu from him with a bite. To save Kono, Malu flees with the wolf into a harsh winter wilderness. Rejecting the allure of howling wolves, Kono remains faithful to Malu, helping her to survive. When the fugitives discover a herd of woolly mammoths, Malu informs the clan and they are forgiven.

"In the Shadow of a Rainbow: The True Story of a Friendship Between Man and Wolf" (1974) by Robert Franklin Leslie relates the story of Gregory Tah-Kloma's adventures with a pack of timber wolves and their legendary female leader, Náhani ("the one who shines"). In 1970, a young Indian in British Columbia introduces himself to the author as Gregory Tah-Kloma. The young Indian tells the story of his devotion to a pack of timber wolves and their leader Náhani. Greg had first met the magnificent silver she-wolf six summers before. From the beginning a bond existed between them, and it grew. Greg visits Náhani and, like the pack members, he becomes her willing subject. When the black frosts force Greg to return to civilization, he is determined to search again for Náhani, to find the wolf and her pack before trappers and bounty hunters can destroy them. During the harsh months of winter and throughout two summers he searches, always wondering whether Náhani will recognize him. Finally, in the vast wilderness, he learns the meaning of the Indian saying, "When anything strengthens a bond of friendship, the friends have walked in the shadow of the rainbow."

"Wolf-Speaker" (1994) is a fantasy novel by Tamora Pierce that details the journey of Veralidaine Sarrasri as she learns about her magic and her journey to Dunlath to help the wolves. Daine receives a summons from some old friends--the wolf pack from her old village, led by Brokefang and his mate Frostfur, who are unhappy with the nobles ruining the Long Lake, their territory. Daine discusses this with her teacher, Numair Salmalin, who agrees to help the wolves. There is much magic and fantasy in the plot, and in the end Numair and Daine manage to prevail. This book is the second in a series of four books, "The Immortals" (1992-96).

"Wolf Child" (1989) by Dennis Nolan is a children's book set in prehistoric times, 18,000 years ago, about 9 year old Teo. "Long ago when the world was young..." are the words that begin this 40 page book. Teo has no friends and is too weakened by illness to be a hunter and too strong to gather roots and herbs with the women and children. Instead, Teo is apprenticed to the toolmaker Mova and leads a lonely existence until he finds and befriends an orphaned wolf cub. He names the cub Ahno-Nyac ("Magic Wind"), after the wind which was said to bring good luck. Unfortunately, Ohnka, the stern leader of Teo's people, does not allow animals in the cave and believes that wolves bring bad luck and steal food, which is scarce. Finally he relents, but only a little. The wolf cub can stay until she is old enough to hunt for herself, until the first snow. Nyac does bring Teo luck, as he learns to take pride in his new skill at making tools out of stone. But now that Teo is no longer lonely, time passes quickly, and all too soon it is time for Nyac to return to the wolves. With the first snow, Nyac is forced into the wild. However, she returns in time to save both Teo and Ohnka from a mammoth's charge, and is welcomed back to the tribe. The book is sprinkled with historic detail and legends and beliefs shared by many primitive people, but lacks a sense of reality which gives good historical fiction its edge. Both the story and illustrations have been sweetened and sanitized, and the stock characters are handsome, clean, and neatly groomed. Although this is the Ice Age, they wear clean, fluffy furs which only partially cover their healthy bodies. There is no real sense of cold, danger, or hunger, and illness is only mentioned as the source of Teo's isolation--yet he looks healthy in the illustrations. Nolan's compelling adventure story with themes of love and friendship is highlighted by his own detailed full-page watercolors.

"Kavik the Wolf Dog" (1968) by Walt Morey is a preteen novel about Kavik (which means wolverine), a champion sled dog that is actually a hybrid wolf (½ wolf, ½ husky). A plane crashes in an Alaskan blizzard, and after being trapped in a cage for three days while starving, freezing, and getting multiple wounds from neighboring animals, Kavik is rescued by Andy Evans, a teenage boy. Kavik recovers in a month but his owner Mr. Hunter takes Kavik back with him to his home in California, despite the truth from Andy's father that Kavik is a complete coward because of the plane crash and has lost his wolflike courage. When Mr. Hunter tries to show Kavik off, Kavik escapes out a window and sets out to return to Andy, the only one who has ever loved him. He is determined to reunite with Andy and makes a 2000 mile journey from California to Alaska in search of the boy. Kavik gets a ride back up north on a boat with an elderly couple. He runs away from them and meets a young female wolf and they mate. But first Kavik must fight another wolf for her, and he gets his courage back. Then a hunter kills her, and Kavik continues to travel until he finally makes it home to Andy, and Andy gets to keep him. The novel teaches a very important lesson, that family is more important than anything. It's a sad, touching story in which Kavik earns love, gains confidence, and finds a true home. This book has compassion, loyalty, adventure, and action, with twists and all of the emotions involved in the plot. It is illustrated by Peter Parnall and a made-for-TV movie based on the book aired under the Sunday Big Event umbrella on NBC in 1979.

"Lone Wolf" (2009) by Kathryn Lasky is the first book in a new series "Wolves of the Beyond". It is an absorbing tale of courage and compassion about Faolan, a young wolf cub taken from his mother shortly after birth and left to die because of a slight paw deformity. Away from her pack, her mate and the MacDuncan wolf clan, she-wolf Morag gives birth to three wolf cubs. Two of them are perfect, but the third has a slight splay on one of its front paws. Morag thinks her silver cub is perfect, but she knows his defective paw will brand him as malcadh, the ancient wolf word for "cursed." As a malcadh, the silver cub must be taken away from his mother and Morag and her mate banished to protect the pack's bloodlines. Morag nurses her cubs in a fox's den to keep them concealed until the silver cub can grow strong--and away from Shibaan, the Obea of the MacDuncan clan. As the Obea, the barren she-wolf is responsible for carrying deformed wolf cubs to a remote location where she abandons them. Not long after Morag gives birth, Shibaan hunts down Morag and her cubs, takes away the deformed cub, and carries it to an isolated location and abandons him by a river. Nearby, a grief-stricken mother grizzly bear welcomes death as a release from her overwhelming sorrow. Her lone cub has been killed by cougars, and she has lost her will to survive. Yet death does not take her. The wolf cub attaches itself to the bear's hind leg. She picks up the cub and after seeing a spark of life in the eyes of the nearly dead wolf, she gathers him to her chest and gives him nourishment. Believing the wolf cub is a "gift from the river" to replace her cub, she names the wolf Faolan. As the grizzly nurses Faolan back to health, she is filled with motherly love and pride. Months pass, and Faolan grows stronger as his new mother provides him food, love and warmth while teaching him how to survive in the wilderness. To Faolan, his new mother becomes known as Thunderheart. As days grow shorter and winter approaches, Thunderheart begins her deep hibernation in her winter den and Faolan must embark on a courageous journey across the great Beyond. During hibernation Thunderheart dies, the young wolf continues on alone, and he discovers "the Cave Before Time" with wall paintings portraying the history of the wolves. Faolan realizes that he must return to his own kind and learn their ways, and with the help of an owl he searches for a wolf pack to join. Lasky's careful research and elegant writing enhance the story's message that life is a gift and being different isn't necessarily a sign of weakness. It can be a source of strength, at least in this children's talking animal adventure story.

"Promise of the Wolves" (2008) by Dorothy Hearst is her first novel in the trilogy "The Wolf Chronicles" about the ancient relationship between wolves and humans. Set 14,000 years ago, "Promise of the Wolves" takes you to a land where time is counted in phases of the moon, distance is measured in wolflengths, and direction by the scent of the nearest trail. She-wolf Kaala Smallteeth is born of a forbidden mixed-blood litter and treated as an outcast after her mother is banished. But she is determined to earn a place in the Swift River pack. The wolves of the Wide Valley believe: "Never consort with humans. Never kill a human unprovoked. Never allow a mixed-blood wolf to live." Her world is turned upside down when she saves a human girl from drowning. Risking expulsion from the pack and exile from the Wide Valley, Kaala and her young packmates begin to hunt with the humans and discover the bond between the two species. She learns that she is the last in a long line of wolves charged with keeping watch over humans in order to prevent them from losing touch with nature and destroying the world. When war between wolves and humans threatens, Kaala learns the lies behind the wolves’ promise. Lies that force her to choose between safety for herself and her friends, and the survival of all wolfkind and humanity. Divided into 2 parts and 20 chapters, there are 335 pages, and the story is narrated in the first-person by the she-wolf Kaala. Two prologues, set 40,000 years ago, and an epilogue are in the third-person by the she-wolf Lydda. The novel doesn’t end as a cliffhanger, but it does leave many questions unanswered.

"Wolf" (1999) by Becky Bloom is a children's book about a hungry and poor itinerant wolf who decides to eat some barnyard animals. He sneaks up on a pig, a duck and a cow, who are reading in the sun. As he leaps at the animals with a howl, they studiously ignore him. "I can't concentrate on my book," the cow complains. They won't even look up from their books. The wolf asks, "What's wrong with you? Can't you see I'm a big and dangerous wolf?" "I'm sure you are," they say, "But couldn't you be big and dangerous somewhere else? This is a farm for educated animals." The wolf forgets about his appetite and enrolls in school. He is seen walking up the stairs at the local school with thick eyeglasses and a lunch box. When he takes his newfound knowledge back to the farm and proudly reads, "Run wolf! Run!" the animals go on "reading their own books, not the least impressed." Not until the wolf makes repeat visits to the library and buys his own book can he read "with confidence and passion", entrancing the cow, pig and duck with story after story. They beg for more, and the wolf finds that literacy is the key to friendship. The foursome decides to travel the world as storytellers, and the ending shows them reading books to children everywhere. Illustrator Pascal Biet fills her fresh watercolors with lively humor and clever characterizations. The wolf has a long snout and pointy ears, but his poses tell the story. Whether he's peering out at the farm animals, or admiring himself in a mirror, you can always tell what the wolf wants to do next. Sporting red reading glasses and an orange vest, the wolf peruses library books solemnly, and the cow wears blue sunglasses and a look of contented rapture as she listens to the wolf's tales. The wry humor of both text and illustrations offsets the book's underlying message about the determination needed to learn to read well. And the illustrator makes sure that the wolf finally gets some food, with a drawing of the pig sharing an apple with the wolf reclining in the sun. With a pinch of tongue-in-cheek humor and a pound of perseverance, this droll transformation wolf story is a charmer.

"Wolf of Shadows" (1985) by Whitley Strieber won the Outstanding Children's Book of the Year by the American Library Association and other awards. It's an intensely moving story of the aftermath of a nuclear attack told from the point of view of a large alpha wolf living in a forest near Minneapolis. Each of the four sections of the book begins with an American Indian quote that sets the mood. One quiet spring evening, the animals of the north woods see a great light mushroom up from the human territories. Most ignore it, but Wolf of Shadows, sitting alone on his hill, knows that something is very wrong. The next day dark clouds block out the sun, and an icy black rain comes, washing away the smells of all living things. It gets colder, then colder still. Nuclear winter has begun. As sleet changes to snow in wolf country, a desperate human mother and her daughter appear and join Wolf of Shadows as he leads his pack south. This is the story of their journey through the desolate, frozen wasteland that was once the United States. Always near freezing and starvation, threatened by savage dog packs and marauding humans, the wolves and the two women soon come to depend on one another for survival. Strieber masterfully captures how the wolf interprets the actions of the adopted humans and compares them to the feelings and actions of wolves. As their journey progresses, an unspoken but deeply felt love grows between them. This alone sustains them in their search for a place where life can be reborn. "Wolf of Shadows" is a bold and brutal novel, a compelling tale of survival in the wild, and a unique vision told from the viewpoint of a wolf of the horrors we may bring to every living creature on earth.

In the "A Song of Ice and Fire" (1996) series by George R. R. Martin, the main noble house is the Starks, which has a wolf as the family symbol and wolf cubs are adopted for their children. Each of the Stark children share a bond and some characteristics with their personal cub. "The Pellinor" saga by Alison Croggon features a pack of wolves who serve the necromancer Inka-Reb, and shows the faerie queen Ardina taking the form of a wolf.

"A Legend of Wolf Song" (1975) is a book by George Stone about free expression in the form of a howling wolf--a combination of natural history and political fable according to Stone. The theme is to do what your heart tells you is right, even if it is not what most others consider right. It's a well written book and the pen and ink illustrations by Dick Kramer are quite good.

"The Wolf sang for the Mountain, who was proud.
The Wolf sang for All.

His Song was of Love. For Earth. For Life.
The Truth for his Soul.
And endless stream.
Ancient even before the Ice came.
In the time of Dirus, the Great Dire Wolf.

He who has not such Love cannot sing. And will call Song evil.
Thus was Rufus. Rufus, the tyrant wolf.
The destroyer.
He and his believers took Song away.
And for eons the Sky was empty.

But the stream flowed on, joining Past and Future.
Dirus returned.
His search was long. But sure.
For the spirit lived, waited.
Released, its Power surged.
Again the Wolf was free. The Earth whole.

The Wolf sings for the Mountain, who is proud. The Wolf sings
for All."