Wild Life by Cynthia DeFelice

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Erik is preparing for his first-ever hunting trip when he learns that his parents are being deployed to Iraq.  A few days later, Erik is shipped off to North Dakota to live with Big Darrell and Oma, grandparents he barely knows. When Erik rescues a dog that’s been stuck by a porcupine, Big Darrell says Erik can’t keep him. But Erik has already named her Quill and can’t bear to give her up.  He decides to run away, taking the dog and a shotgun, certain that they can make it on their own out on the prairie.

In this story of adventure and survival, Erik learns about the challenges and satisfactions of living off the land, the power of family secrets, and the pain of losing what you love.


About Cynthia DeFelice

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Cynthia DeFelice is the author of many picture books and novels, most recently Wild Life. She lives in Geneva, New York. Henry Cole is the author and/or illustrator of more than eighty books, including A Nest for Celeste; Bravo, Livingstone Mouse! by Pamela Duncan Edwards; and And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell. He lives in Florida and Virginia.
Published May 10, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 188 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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