Published by Greenwillow Books
Summary: Swift may not be the biggest member of his pack, but he is the fastest, and determined to some day beat out his larger brother Sharp. When another pack of wolves attacks, though, Swift finds himself alone. He travels through miles of wilderness, searching for members of his pack, or any wolves that will be his companions. Along the way, he has encounters with a variety of animals, including humans, and barely survives some narrow escapes. He finally meets a female wolf, and after renaming himself Wander, they work together to create a new pack of their own. Includes several pages of information and photos of the real wolf that was the inspiration for the book; additional facts about wolves; a map of Swift/Wander’s journey; and a list of resources for more information. 256 pages; grades 3-7.
Pros: An exciting nature story that will be especially appreciated by animal lovers. Lots of adventure and plenty of illustrations make this a good choice for reluctant readers.
Cons: The illustrations added a lot to the text, and Mónica Armiño’s name doesn’t appear on the cover, nor is there any information about her on the back flap.