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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; First Edition edition (December 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582346895
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582346892
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,297,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

’Asta Bowen lives in rural Montana. She is also a contributor to Writers on the Range, the syndication service of High Country News.

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I've always been a word person. I started reading before anyone realized it, least of all me; I still remember the look on my family's faces when I first read aloud from the breakfast menu of a railroad dining car. That was very cool. Writing came later, at my little desk in my little room in Orland Park, Illinois; I was trying to make letters with my left hand when my favorite sitter Henrietta said, "No, sweetie, we write with our right hand."

Books were my escape, my passion, my hunger. In elementary school the check-out rule was only two books a week, but I was blessed to have a school librarian who somehow knew I needed more, and let me take home a whole stack every week.

After college I got more interested in life than reading, but it wasn't long before I started turning those interests into writing. I'm an incurably curious person, and I love adventure; nothing pleases me more than to have a writing project that calls me out into the world to learn, to experience, and to explore.

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Ms. Bowen wrote it as fiction, but it is fully based on real events.
S. O'Donnell
This is a very good read for anyone who loves animals, especially wolves and want to read a more natural book.
animalsandmagic
Whenever I get a book that I like it's soon read in a matter of a few days.
Anthony Taylor

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nathan on September 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book warmed my heart. I laughed, Awwwed, and Cried. The author sets you up well and really gets you to know the characters. Then she sends them off to be killed due to starvation, cars, and poachers. I highly don't recommend this book for ANYONE under 13 due to it's Painfulness. I had to put the book down at times because it was so sad. Chapter 28 was the most devastating to me. If you have read the book you know what i am talking about. All in All i give it 5 stars because it made me love reading again. I loved it and i know you will to. :D
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
vERY GOOD. i WOULDN'T RECCOMMEND THIS FOR YOUNGER KIDS BECAUSE iT WOULD CONFUSE THEM. oN THE SCALE FROM 1 TO 10 I WOULD GIVE IT A TEN.i HOPE ASTA BOWEN MAKES ANOTHER GREAT BOOK
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Taylor on January 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am 12 years old. I am a writer myself, I am writing my own book about wolves, it's almost finished. But this book, Wolf The Journey Home really reached out to me. This book not only is absolutely stunning, but yet it takes you into the real life of a wolf. This story of true events, told by 'Asta Bowen is an epic, and an epic that you will never forget.

'Asta Bowen truly puts this book in a way that I just cannot describe. Every word is so gentle, the sentences are so delicate, and they book flows together so smoothly. I was so fascinated with this book that I read it in a matter of 3 days, and let me just say, it's almost a 300 page book.

Marta is a wolf that's alone in the world. She could have easily died many times; but Marta is brave, she is strong, and she is a survivor. All her life Marta was never wanted. She wasn't wanted by her birth pack, so she roamed around until she found her place in the world. But soon enough she is alone once again. Life has always been trying to push her down, and it was hoping that one day she would stay down. But Marta has only one permanent name. She only cares about one thing, surviving. Marta proves herself worthy of a good life, but she never gets it.

'Asta Bowen really takes the reader into the world of a wolf. Every detail is told, and by the end of this book you will realize, such as I did, that in the end there is nothing more to tell. I love this book so much. In fact I almost started it again right after I had already finished reading it the first time. If you will just devote a small amount of your time to reading this book you will not regret it. 'Asta Bowen really reaches out and grabs the reader, it's almost like she pulls right into the book itself. You feel as if you are Marta.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Summer S. Wilson on March 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Wolf: The Journey Home, also known as Hungry for Home: A Wolf's Odyssey, is not an easy book to read, as it tells a truly heart wrenching story that pulls no punches in its realistic depiction of its subjects. The primary character is a black wolf named Marta, the alpha female of a small pack of wolves that consists only of her pups, herself, her mate, and an old toothless wolf. After her mate is killed, her pack is captured and relocated to a different part of Montana in an effort to protect them. Once they are released, however, the terror of her experiences causes Marta to abandon her pack to desperately try to return to the territory she knows. The novel follows her life during the long journey home, but also the fates of the pack she left behind.

There is no "Disney" treatment here to try to make the story sweeter or add happy feel good moments. The animals do not talk nor does Bowen add a lot of anthropomorphizing. It is simply a recounting of the wolves' lives, primarily Marta, based on the real life circumstances that befell a wolf pack from Pleasant Valley, Montana both before and after it was relocated in the late 1980s. According to the authors notes at the end, she used the actual records of these wolves lives as written wildlife biologists and Fish and Game officials to pull together the major events of the story. The rest she created based on four years of research on wolves.

This is not a "happy" story, unfortunately, but it is a well-written one that highlights the tragedy of human/wolf relationships and the difficulties of relocating wolves away from those who would kill them. Fair warning, the story will likely make you cry, and the epilogue even more so. While I'd recommend it for young and adult readers alike, parents should be prepared to discuss the events of the story with particular young readers after.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. O'Donnell on April 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is the touching, sometimes heart-wrenching, story of a real-life group of wolves. Ms. Bowen wrote it as fiction, but it is fully based on real events. We have class sets of this novel at my school and it never fails to be a hit. It's a winner with MG and YA readers.

In 2006 it was nominated as a Teens' Top Ten book and has flown under the radar since then. This is one of those books that has failed to receive the acclaim it deserves.
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