by Caroline Pignat
Red Deer Press, 2011
$12.95, 288 pp, age 12+
My favourite character in the story is Mahingan because he reminds me of myself arguing with my brother, always at each other’s throats!
The story takes place somewhere in the upper part of Canada. Jack wakes up alone, injured and completely lost in the northern wilderness. He has no memory of what happened, how he got there, or who he is. The days pass but there is still no sign of rescue. His injuries are festering and he can no longer hunt to survive. With the dwindling scraps of food and the wolf drawing nearer each night, Jack begins to fear for the worst. His family, wherever they are, whoever they are, have abandoned him completely. The only one coming for him is the wolf.
This story reminds me of a real classic book with its share of merry times to a real sad part. Something that I liked about this book is how Jack gradually remembered all of his memories.
Review by Drew, Age 12, Grade 7
This review is from Canadian Teacher Magazine’s Sept/Oct 2012 issue.