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Wolves of the Beyond #1: Lone Wolf by [Lasky, Kathryn]
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Length: 243 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Booklist - Issue: December 1, 2009
The literary grandchildren of Richard Adams' Watership Down (1974) proliferate in this complex and nuanced talking-animal adventure. Lasky's descriptions of a newborn wolf pup's craving for light, milk, and meat are wonders of sensory economy--immediately you're invested in his struggle. But wolf custom decrees that he be abandoned to die because of a deformed paw. A childless bear named Thunderheart finds the pup, names him Faolan, and under her guidance he grows to be unusually strong and savvy. Then a tragic event compels him to seek out his own kind. This is a soulful, searching read consumed with the spiritual journeys of animals and the ethereal connection between slayer and slain. At times it becomes mired in mythos, but when the story lets loose, it pays off, as when Faolan encounters a metalsmithing owl (with connections to Lasky's Guardians of Ga'hoole series), who rights the wolf's crooked path. A sedate start to the Wolves of the B

Kirkus
Lasky spins off her popular Guardians of Ga'Hoole series into this enchanting first installment of a new series starring wolves, introducing a wolf pup raised by a grizzly bear. The pack casts Faolan, born with a defect in one paw, out to die, but a brokenhearted bear that has just lost her own cub finds him and can't resist nursing him. Lasky merges anthropomorphic fantasy with realistic details about wolves and bears to produce an almost plausible emotional narrative, complete with dialogue and personalities. Thunderheart, Faolan's "milk mother," teaches him to dig and to hunt and explains the bear aspects of the spirit world. Eventually Faolan begins a journey taking him to a cave where he learns the history of the wolves, to a metal-working owl and finally to the wolf clan he will join, although not, perhaps, in the manner those wolves expect. The author builds a captivating world of forest, snow and volcanoes populated by intelligent animals and weaves a compellingt

Booklist - Issue: December 1, 2009

The literary grandchildren of Richard Adams’ Watership Down (1974) proliferate in this complex and nuanced talking-animal adventure. Lasky’s descriptions of a newborn wolf pup’s craving for light, milk, and meat are wonders of sensory economy--immediately you’re invested in his struggle. But wolf custom decrees that he be abandoned to die because of a deformed paw. A childless bear named Thunderheart finds the pup, names him Faolan, and under her guidance he grows to be unusually strong and savvy. Then a tragic event compels him to seek out his own kind. This is a soulful, searching read consumed with the spiritual journeys of animals and the ethereal connection between slayer and slain. At times it becomes mired in mythos, but when the story lets loose, it pays off, as when Faolan encounters a metalsmithing owl (with connections to Lasky’s Guardians of Ga’hoole series), who rights the wolf’s crooked path. A se

Kirkus

Lasky spins off her popular Guardians of Ga’Hoole series into this enchanting first installment of a new series starring wolves, introducing a wolf pup raised by a grizzly bear. The pack casts Faolan, born with a defect in one paw, out to die, but a brokenhearted bear that has just lost her own cub finds him and can’t resist nursing him. Lasky merges anthropomorphic fantasy with realistic details about wolves and bears to produce an almost plausible emotional narrative, complete with dialogue and personalities. Thunderheart, Faolan’s “milk mother, ” teaches him to dig and to hunt and explains the bear aspects of the spirit world. Eventually Faolan begins a journey taking him to a cave where he learns the history of the wolves, to a metal-working owl and finally to the wolf clan he will join, although not, perhaps, in the manner those wolves expect. The author builds a captivating world of forest, snow and volcanoes populated by intelligent animalse

Kirkus

Lasky spins off her popular Guardians of Ga’Hoole series into this enchanting first installment of a new series starring wolves, introducing a wolf pup raised by a grizzly bear. The pack casts Faolan, born with a defect in one paw, out to die, but a brokenhearted bear that has just lost her own cub finds him and can’t resist nursing him. Lasky merges anthropomorphic fantasy with realistic details about wolves and bears to produce an almost plausible emotional narrative, complete with dialogue and personalities. Thunderheart, Faolan’s “milk mother, ” teaches him to dig and to hunt and explains the bear aspects of the spirit world. Eventually Faolan begins a journey taking him to a cave where he learns the history of the wolves, to a metal-working owl and finally to the wolf clan he will join, although not, perhaps, in the manner those wolves expect. The author builds a captivating world of forest, snow and volcanoes populated by intelligent animals and weaves a compelling story sure to bring readers back for the second installment.



Booklist - Issue: December 1, 2009

The literary grandchildren of Richard Adams’ Watership Down (1974) proliferate in this complex and nuanced talking-animal adventure. Lasky’s descriptions of a newborn wolf pup’s craving for light, milk, and meat are wonders of sensory economy--immediately you’re invested in his struggle. But wolf custom decrees that he be abandoned to die because of a deformed paw. A childless bear named Thunderheart finds the pup, names him Faolan, and under her guidance he grows to be unusually strong and savvy. Then a tragic event compels him to seek out his own kind. This is a soulful, searching read consumed with the spiritual journeys of animals and the ethereal connection between slayer and slain. At times it becomes mired in mythos, but when the story lets loose, it pays off, as when Faolan encounters a metalsmithing owl (with connections to Lasky’s Guardians of Ga’hoole series), who rights the wolf’s crooked path. A sedate start to the Wolves of the Beyond series, perhaps, but with an invigorating ending that bodes well for the next volume. -- Daniel Kraus



Praise for the first book in the Wolves of the Beyond series.

"This is a soulful, searching read consumed with the spiritual journeys of animals and the ethereal connection between slayer and slain. [W]ith an invigorating ending that bodes well for the next volume." - Booklist

"The author builds a captivating world of forest, snow and volcanoes populated by intelligent animals and weaves a compelling story sure to bring readers back for the second installment." - Kirkus

About the Author

Kathryn Lasky was born in Indianapolis. She has two grown up children and now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her photographer husband Chris Knight.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3133 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (2 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003OUXB6S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154,128 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This story was amazing! It reads like a cross between The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling and A Wolf Story by James Byron Huggins, both of which I love and have reread many times. The story is powerful and compelling. It is the first book set in the world of Ga'Hoole that does not focus primarily on the Owl kingdoms. It was wonderful to read, and I immediately started book two after finishing book one. I could not wait until I had even written my review. I had to know what happened next.

It is the story of Faolan, a young wolf who is left to die because of a birth defect. He ends up on an ice floe in a river during the spring thaw. He is plucked from the river by a she-bear, who has just lost her cub to a cougar. The bear decides to raise him. Over time he comes to realize he is different. He grows and learns from his second milk-mother Thunderheart. She realizes she will go to the long sleep and tries to prepare Faolan. But life is not always fair and much befalls Faolan during the winter. Soon he is in search of the Wolves of the Beyond.

You cannot help but fall in love with the characters in the book. My only complaint is the covers are a little too 'Disney' for the actual content of the books. It looks like it will be the beginning of an amazing trilogy. I highly recommend them!
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Recommended for people who liked the warrior cats books. More than warrior cats! Detailed, adventurous and brilliant. Only downsides are the pictures are a little childish and the title sounds quite cheesy. Otherwise a great read for all warrior cats and wolf fans!
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I sort of enjoyed the story within this book - partly, but felt it `flitted' from story book to too true nature too intensely and too frequently. I'm not quite sure what the author's intention was here, but if I'd read this as a child, I may well have been upset - perhaps that's too strong a word; `distracted' may be a better one, by the all too easy lull into the savagery and cruelty of the real animal kingdom too suddenly after reading passages and passages of a child's view of animals in general.

I'm never quite sure of books that flit between these two mediums; I sometimes feel it may be better to write about animals from a child's view or perspective only - especially when you have them `too' human-like, as the characters are within this book. It is easy to forget at times that one is reading about animals when they are using their paws like hands, and talking and communicating as humans do.

This is the story of a wolf pup who's abandoned because it is born with a disfigured paw. The wolf is adopted by a grizzly bear and learns the ways of both wolf and bear mixed. Up to this point, one could be forgiven for thinking one is beginning a very delightful story for children. After becoming parted from the adoptive mother; Faolan (the name the wolf is given) in his treks to be reunited stumbles upon a friendly owl who guides him back to a wolf pack.

Parts of this novel could be said to be aimed at very young children, but it ought to be pointed that much would be too coarse for such innocents when it comes to the detailed killing and deaths of other animals...

I don't think I shall be purchasing the rest of the series, but I have purchased (but not read yet) the first in the owl series based on the character of the owl within these pages.
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The book draws you into what has happened to the young wolf falon. Would recommend it for children or adults.
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Wolves of the Beyond: Lone Wolf is a heart warming novel that I will enjoy over and over. I will defiantly buy the next book in the series - well done Kathryn Lasky, this is as brilliant as The Guardians of Ga'Hoole.
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This book has a heartbreaking and captivating story, leaving the reader yearning for more at every chapter break, and whimpering with antisipation for the next book.
I do believe that, by the end, this book has made me weep more than any other story that I have read. I can simply picture the moment when faolen mournfully howls over the skeletal figure of his second 'mother' and could almost sing with him in his sorrowful melody.
This book, and probably the series, has become my favourate. I would recomend this to all ages, except, perhaps, younger ones or squeemish folk, who may not like the images of devouring a the liver of a buck next to it's torn open body, or blood stained muzzles.
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Moved me from the word go. The emotions and the love that can be shared by different breeds makes me feel that we can change and that life can still be wonderful. Looking forward to reading the series.
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This book was really sad but also happy as well. You could vividly see faolan and thunderheart learning and playing. I would recommend this book to a person who has read all of the owls of ga'hoole books but if you are squeamish or don't like sad moments, read another book.
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