Summer of the Wolves
This story of animal and human spirit healing is set in the beautiful landscape of remote Northern Minnesota. More than a year after the death of their mother, Nika (age 12) and her younger brother are moved from foster care in California to the care of their father’s estranged brother. Uncle Ian is a wildlife biologist who researches wolves. Shortly after Nika’s arrival, she and Uncle Ian stumble across an orphaned wolf pup whose eyes haven’t opened yet. Nika is instantly drawn to this helpless pup and promises to devote herself to the high maintenance task of saving this pup's life, but what she doesn’t realize is that this emotional journey will rescue her too. This story appeals to the naturalist in all of us. Recommended for grades 5-8.
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