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Lone Wolf Hardcover – April 7, 1997

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-7. An 11-year-old boy who lives with his reclusive father gradually warms up to a new friend and her large, loud, and loving family. A tightly narrated story about coming to terms with past tragedies.
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Gr. 4^-7. Perry has learned to accommodate his father's personality as best he can. That means being self-sufficient, never speaking unnecessarily, and above all, keeping a lid on "those kinds of feelings, the bad ones, that make a guy act like a wuss." He and his dad have moved to the north woods of Minnesota following the death of Perry's baby sister, and although Perry's mother writes him regularly, Perry never reads her letters. Home schooling has allowed him ample time to explore and read about his natural surroundings. It has also left him isolated from his peers, so when a family moves into the house near Perry's special cave, he must learn to accept the joys and difficulties of sharing with others not only his private place but also himself. Franklin creates characters with great authenticity, and her first-person narrative adeptly captures Perry's voice without sacrificing a smooth writing style. This will be a juicy choice for book discussions. Susan Dove Lempke
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1st edition (April 7, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564029352
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564029355
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,076,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cassie on April 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
The book Lone Wolf, by Kristine L. Franklin, is a heart filled story about a boy named Perry Dubois. I liked this book because you can see and feel how Perry grows into a new person after tragedy. A lot of the feelings that Perry has, relate to the feelings people occasionally have. That is important. He thought that he would be just fine on his own. He didn't need other people. He wasn't lonely. After his little sister died, and his mom left his dad and him, he could be alone forever. This all changed after he met Willow.
This book is similar to my life, because Perry Dubois can only be friends with a girl, because no other boys live around him. When I was little, before very many kids moved into my neighborhood, the only person I had to play with was a boy. No girls lived around me, although it changed after a few years.
This is when Perry tells his father that he is going looking for a wolf with a girl. "Well, one of those girls, Willow, saw a wolf up on the big granite slab. She drew a picture of it. She has a big family and her mom's an artist. I think her dad is too. We're going looking for wolf foot-prints and stuff like that. (Franklin, 78)
The title of this book, Lone Wolf, means exactly what the book is about. Perry Dubois's life was just like any other kid his age's. But when his mother and his sister were in a car wreck, and his little sister was killed, his mom never got over it. She cried all the time, his father couldn't stand it, Perry couldn't either. After a year, Perry's mom walked out on them. He and his father moved into a forest about five miles away from town. Perry and his father rarely talked. Perry spent a lot of time in his cave that he discovered in the forest.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Gunia VINE VOICE on May 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is the story of Perry, the lonliest kid in the world. In response to the tragic death of his daughter and separation from his wife, Jack Dubois takes his son, Perry to a secluded, forested region of Minnesota, then becomes the stereotypical "silent tough guy." As a result, Perry (who is also home-schooled), has no friends and nobody to talk to. He is self-reliant until a new family moves into the nearby Bennett House: A large family of talkative artists from California. Perry is upset about this (as I know I would be if talkative artists moved in next door to me), especially because the only family memmber his age is a girl (ewwwwwww!). Slowly, Perry and Jack open up to each other and build interpersonal relationships.
While I don't think this is Kristine Franklin's best book, it is a good one. I taught it to my fifth graders who enjoyed it a lot. One good thing about this book is the fact that Perry is a dynamic (changing), three dimensional character, so we can focus on him and how he changes during the novel, while the other characters are largely one-dimensinal. This is not a criticism of the book: it allows the young reader to identify with the characters and predict what his/her reactions will be ("Dad will say nothing, Willow will talk a lot and be annoying," etc.), so that reading comprehnesion is easier.
In sum, I recommend this book because kids enjoy the story, the static characters make reading it easy and because it's generally an easy book to teach.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Lone Wolf, set in northern Minnesota, reflects an 11-year-old boy's point of view. Every character in the book is seen through the eyes of this young man, so his perceptions of how the other characters relate to him are insular and are related to his innermost feelings, which are not objective during this period of his life. I found the book hard to put down and very descriptive. No one has mentioned how art plays a role in the plot. This is a book about feelings -- total avoidance of feelings and the consequences, the need for touch and companionship of social beings, and the basic human need for love. This is also a book about acceptance -- acceptance of those who are different from us, accepting change in our family units as people grow in different directions instead of growing together within the family unit, and accepting our own shortcomings in our family-and-friend relationships. I highly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jw on February 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
Lone Wolf is a book about an 11 year old boy named Perry Dubois and his conflicts with his lonliness. His mother has left him and his baby sister has died, leaving Perry and his father to survive together. Perry starts out as a very private individual whose thoughts and struggles are only known by the reader. His cave is his retreat from the pain he feels. He enjoys being there with his German Shepherd and watching the wildlife..especially a wolf he calls King. It's when the Pestalozzi family from California moves in that Perry begins to change. The oldest daughter Willow befriends him and joins him in his cave. At first Perry is reluctant but while reading you can see that he's enjoying her company but having trouble admitting it. They enjoy sharing drawings and watching for wolves together. Over time he begins hanging out with the Pestalozzi family and finding himself having fun. He enjoys the company of others and starts to depend on it.

I like how the author incorporates a howling wolf into the story. It is as if a wolf represents Perry himself and the howling is a call for another wolf, just as Perry wants to be with others. Just like wolves, people are not meant to be alone, they need to travel in "packs".

This is a good book for discussion in a classroom. You can discuss how Perry has changed and how he and the wolf are alike. It will also spark a conversation on why people become lonely.

I would reccommend this book for a child and an adult. It will make you think about the internal conflicts we all have within ourselves.
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