Author Avi once again collaborates with illustrator Brian Floca in this brief middle grade novel. This story alternates viewpoints between a desperate, aging wolf and a boy who has just received a bow and arrow for his thirteenth birthday. It is a simple story, but the hook in the narrative is that it is not clear until the last few pages how things are going to shake out. This keeps the reader anxiously reading–and hoping for a miracle which may or may not come.
This novella would especially appeal to reluctant readers (because of its short length and beautiful pencil illustrations), boys (because of the human protagonist), and fans of books like Hatchett (because of the themes).
Profanity/Language: 2 religious exclamations.
Violence/Gore: Animals hunt; two animals fight resulting in injury; boy plays hunting computer game in which animals are killed (non-graphic); animal kicks another animal resulting in injury; human kills an animal; animal bites a human.
Mature Subject Matter:
Death of animals, hunting, aging, laws of nature.
Alcohol / Drug Use: