Summer of the Wolves by Polly Carlson-Voiles

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Julie of the Wolves meets Hatchet in this middle grade novel that follows orphaned twelve-year-old Nika and her seven-year-old brother Randall as they leave a California foster home to visit a long-lost uncle in the wilderness lake country of Northern Minnesota. A phone call from their uncle sets them on a journey in a small floatplane over the thick green forest canopy, to spend the summer on a wilderness island. Nika, of all people, knows not to get her heart set on anything, but as she follows her uncle in his job studying wolves, Nika stumbles upon a relationship with an orphaned wolf pup that makes her feel — for the first time since her mother died — whole again. Here in these woods, with this wolf, none of the hard things in her past can reach her.

With vivid details about wolf behavior and a deep sense of interconnectedness with nature, this captivating first novel illuminates the intricacies of family while searching for the fine balance between caring for wild animals and leaving them alone.


About Polly Carlson-Voiles

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Polly Carlson-Voiles says this novel, her first, grew out of several things: her longtime love of the wilderness country in northern Minnesota, her experiences with wolves at the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota, and her career of working with lost and found children as a secondary special ed/English teacher in inner city Minneapolis. She lives with her husband and dog near Ely, Minnesota, high on a ridge across the lake from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, where on lucky nights they listen to the music of the wolves.
Published May 8, 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 357 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Can the wildness of wolves transform the heart of a girl who has suffered too many losses?

Apr 24 2012 | Read Full Review of Summer of the Wolves


"Summer of the Wolves" by Polly Carlson-Voiles is the story of a teenage girl named Nika and her younger brother Randall.

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