Timber Wolf

Timber Wolf

Book - 2011
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Full of confidence, the inexperienced Jack tries his hand at logging only to have his attempts end in a tragic accident for himself and another logger. Circumstances soon find Jack alone and injured in the wilderness. As he struggles to survive his guilt over his past and survive the hardship of the woods with only a stray wolf cub for a companion, Jack comes to understand that he must own up to all of his past mistakes if he truly wants to become the strong man he yearns to be.
Publisher: Markham, Ont. : Red Deer Press, c2011.
ISBN: 9780889954595
Branch Call Number: J FIC Pigna
Characteristics: 214 pages


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Jul 21, 2016

This novel can be read either as a stand-alone story or as the third installment in the historical fiction series that began with Greener Grass. As a stand-alone, the story has shades of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet, detailing the survival of a young man in the Canadian wilderness. As the sequel to Wild Geese, it effectively and entertainingly answers the question of what happened to Jack Byrne after he left his sister Kit on the shores of Grosse Isle. Readers can expect short, fast-paced chapters, and, of course, Caroline Pignat's intimate and lyrical style.

SPL_Kids Jul 26, 2012

Another survival/adventure story, Timber Wolf, is set in the forests of northern Ontario, close to the upper reaches of the Ottawa River. The year: 1847.

Twelve-year-old Jack Byrne awoke with no memory of how he came to be lying on the ground, injured, bruised and cold. He had no idea of where he was – or even who he was. Looking around him, he could see only trees and snow. More snow appeared to be on the way, and Jack could hear the frightening howl of a wolf somewhere among the trees.

Jack’s immediate concern was to find food and shelter. Pushing himself to hobble through the trees, he found a trap. He ate the rabbit caught in the trap and was confronted by a young Algonquin trapper, Mahingan. Later, Jack was cared for by the boy and his grandfather, from whom he learned many wilderness survival techniques.

In a similar fashion to Lucy (Escape Under the Forever Sky) Jack was also helped in the forest by a wild animal - in this case, a young timber wolf.

As his injuries healed, Jack had flashbacks which eventually overcame his amnesia. He remembered who he was and how he had came to the forest. Overcoming adversity after adversity, he eventually reached home and was reunited with family.

Resourceful and brave, Jack is a young protagonist whom boys can admire. Timber Wolf is told from Jack’s point of view, and his storywill keep readers too enthralled to realize that they are learning about Ontario’s pioneer logging industry and the Algonquin way of life at that time. This page-turning story can be read alone or as the third book in the Byrne Family series. (The other titles, Greener Grass and Wild Geese, feature Jack’s sister, Kit.)

Apr 15, 2012

I definately recommend this :) A great sequel to Greener Grass and Wild Geese

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SPL_Kids Jul 26, 2012

SPL_Kids thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 13


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