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"Legend of White Wolf" by Max Elliot Anderson
- Excerpt from Chapter 15
"We gotta get out of here," Tommy warned.
"No. I'm not leaving him."
"Throw him in a cage with the others," a deep voice ordered.
"Brian. Now!" Tommy said in a growled whisper.
"You go. I'm staying."
"Go home as fast as you can. Tell your parents to call my Dad. He'll know what to do."
Tommy hesitated even as it sounded like the men were right outside the truck now.
"Go!" Brian whispered.
Tommy slipped out of the back, let the canvas down, and dropped to the ground. Now Brian was all alone...except for those men and the sleeping wolves. He hurried in between cages stacked near the front. There he found a place where he could crouch down and hide under another tarp. Just as he made it to the floor, the tarp at the back went up and flashlights made him squint. He felt sick all over. When he poked his head out from the corner, he saw that the men wore helmets with night vision for their hunt.
"That's it for tonight, boys. You can go back to the van and get out of here. We'll take this load to the usual place."
"It's gonna be fun to watch that white one die," another voice said.
Tears streamed down Brian's face as he cried silently. Three of the men lifted a wolf into the truck where three other men had already climbed in. They took the gray wolf, opened a cage, and dumped him in like a sack of bones. The wolf hit the floor with a sickening thud.
"Nothing but a bunch of worthless wolves anyway," another man said.
Brian wanted to rush out and fight them, but he knew he'd be no match for that many men. He wished he could open all the cages and let the wolves go, but they were unconscious. Still, he couldn't leave his friend. Just then one of the wolves groaned. Brian turned to see him as the truck started.
"What am I going to do?" he whispered. The truck began backing up. It turned around in the road, and headed out of the forest.
"LEGEND OF THE WHITE WOLF"
- Review by Bob Spear"
• Publisher and Chief Reviewer, Heartland Reviews
Brian and his friend Tommy live near the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Brian's father is the head game warden in the Gallatin National Forrest. His father is busy trying to nab some poachers who have been stealing wolves from the preserve. Brian frees an all white wolf pup from a steel trap and from that day, the wolf watches Brian from hiding. Brian's Native American friend, Windwalker, says the wolf may now consider him a brother. This idea seems probable when the now-grown white wolf saves the boys from a mountain lion attack. Will Brian be able to do the same when wolf-nabbers capture his white guardian with the intent to cremate him?
This is an excellent reluctant-reader's chapter book for ages 8-12. All of the books in the author's series are exciting. This is certainly true for the white wolf book. The author always manages to build in a good values lesson based on Christian ethics without being preachy about it. We rated this book five hearts.
"LEGEND OF THE WHITE WOLF"
- Review by Mayra Calvani
• For Curled up with a good kid's book
"Brian Fischer had a life that most boys can only dream about…." Thus starts this heart-warming adventure story of faith and friendship sure to delight young readers and adults alike.
Eleven-year-old Brian lives in a small town nestled in the northern gateway to Yellowstone National Park. Surrounded by the peaceful beauty and mystery of nature, he delights in hiking with his best friend Tommy and listen to alluring stories told by Windwalker, a wise and kind old Indian who lives in a remote cabin in the forest.
Though he lives a normal, happy life, Brian has been profoundly "marked" by something he experienced when he was a small boy: while exploring the woods, he once saved a white wolf pup from a metal trap. The mother wolf had witnessed the affair without harming Brian.
Since that day Brian believes the white wolf and he are "brothers," and he dreams of a second encounter. There's only one problem. No one believes him, not even his father. To make Brian's story more impossible, Windwalker assures him that the white wolf has supernatural powers.
But something evil has come to disrupt the serenity of the forest—a band of hunters whose sole interest is to destroy wolves. Will Brian be able to stop them before they harm his beloved white wolf? But how do this when not even his family believe him in the first place? Endangering his own life, Brian sets on a quest to prove the existence of "his" wolf.
Can you believe in what you can't see? The novel plays with concepts of belief and faith without appearing obvious or "preachy" while combining elements of suspense that will make the reader's heart race. The language is simple and graceful, giving a sense of innocence and beauty to parallel the setting and age of the characters. Contrasting with this "goodness" are the wolf hunters, bringing the reader face to face with cruelty and callousness at its worst.
The author also offers insights into the nature of this mysterious, magnificent animal which has suffered such a bad reputation in the past. Young readers of adventure stories will relish this. Adults who love and admire wolves will be charmed.