Wild Boy by Mary Losure
The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron

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History buffs will love the extensive bibliography as well as the detailed author’s notes that include a reference to the possibility that Victor may have suffered from a severe degree of autism.
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What happens when society finds a wild boy alone in the woods and tries to civilize him? A true story from the author of The Fairy Ring. One day in 1798, woodsmen in southern France returned from the forest having captured a naked boy. He had been running wild, digging for food, and was covered with scars. In the village square, people gathered around, gaping and jabbering in words the boy didn’t understand. And so began the curious public life of the boy known as the Savage of Aveyron, whose journey took him all the way to Paris. Though the wild boy’s world was forever changed, some things stayed the same: sometimes, when the mountain winds blew, "he looked up at the sky, made sounds deep in his throat, and gave great bursts of laughter." In a moving work of narrative nonfiction that reads like a novel, Mary Losure invests another compelling story from history with vivid and arresting new life.
 

About Mary Losure

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Mary Losure has worked as a field botanist's assistant, family farmer, and staff reporter for Minnesota Public Radio. A longtime contributor to National Public Radio, she co-founded the independent production company Round Earth Media. The Fairy Ring is her first book for children. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
 
Published March 26, 2013 by Candlewick. 176 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Children's Books.
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Reviewed by Rita Lorraine Hubbard on Mar 26 2013

History buffs will love the extensive bibliography as well as the detailed author’s notes that include a reference to the possibility that Victor may have suffered from a severe degree of autism.

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