- Age Range: 9 - 14 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 6
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (March 6, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250165016
- ISBN-13: 978-1250165015
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wolf Keepers Paperback – March 6, 2018
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"Broach’s intrepid protagonists engage in sleuthing expeditions―moments Ratteree captures in evocative pencil illustrations of human interactions with the natural world. . . A gratifying, thought-provoking tale." ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Despite the fast pace of [this] adventure―which climaxes in a harrowing 48 hours alone together at Yosemite―the text includes plenty of philosophical questions about animal rights and relationships of all kinds. Tyler's wry comments about his race add further dimensions to a thoughtful, well-told tale, as do the pencil drawings. John Muir's spirit hums along under a well-developed plot with likable characters." ―Kirkus Reviews
"Part friendship story, part mystery, and part survival adventure, this engaging book makes the most of its two unusual settings. Fans of Broach’s Superstition Mountain trilogy will want to try her latest, with its western locale and intriguing jacket illustration." ―Booklist
"One of Broach’s strengths . . . is creating child characters who are intelligent, resourceful, and willing to take action. . . . The wry humor of Lizzie’s keen observations of the human animals at the zoo and the page-turning adventure give this novel solid middle-grade appeal." ―The Horn Book
"'[Broach] reveals the characters deftly. . .The historical threads are authentic and clarified in an author’s note that provides young readers and writers with a sense of the research that goes into a well-crafted story with real figures and historical events. Give it to readers who enjoy a good mystery or love to read about animals. They will wolf down all three hundred-plus pages." ―VOYA
About the Author
Elise Broach is the New York Times-bestselling author of books for children and young adults, including Desert Crossing, Shakespeare's Secret, Masterpiece, and the Superstition Mountain Mysteries series as well as The Miniature World of Marvin and James and James to the Rescue. Her books have been selected as ALA Notable Books, Junior Library Guild selections, the recipient of an E. B. White Read Aloud Award, and an Edgar Award nominee, among other distinctions. She lives in Connecticut with her family.
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Sounds pretty perfect, right? It's not bad, but it's far from perfect. Lizzie's mother died when she was a baby and her best friend is away all summer, so she's a bit lonely, until she meets a boy her age in the zoo. She encounters Tyler when she sees him steal a tray of food off a table in the snack bar. She comes to find out that he is homeless and hungry and has been living in the zoo.
The long, unstructured summer days help their friendship develop quickly. After only a few days, they are fast friends, united in their love and concern for the animals. When the wolves start getting sick, they come together to try to figure out why.
Tyler gets worried that he will be discovered and sent back to his foster family. This concern and an escalation of danger to the wolves, lead Tyler and Lizzie on a pilgrimage to John Muir's old haunt, Yosemite, where they try to find his lost cabin.
I remember my daughter reading novels by Elise Broach years ago. My 12-year-old son and I read The Wolf Keepers together. There were times of suspense and sweetness and lots of quality moments for animal-lovers. It was never too intense or too sappy, but perfectly balanced with action and emotional connection.
Author: Elise Broach
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Publishing Group/Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Genre: Children's Fiction
Sub Genre: Amimals, Mystery; Adventure; Suspense
Reviewed For: NetGalley
Rating: 4 Stars
I received a copy of "Wolf Keepers" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Description From the Publishers:
Twelve-year-old Lizzie Durango and her dad have always had a zoo to call their home. Lizzie spends her days watching the animals and taking note of their various behaviors. Though the zoo makes for a unique home, it's a hard place for Lizzie to make lasting friends. But all this changes one afternoon when she finds Tyler Briggs, a runaway who has secretly made the zoo his makeshift home. The two become friends and, just as quickly, stumble into a covert investigation involving the zoo wolves who are suddenly dying. Little do they know, this mystery will draw them into a high-stakes historical adventure involving the legend of John Muir as they try to navigate safely while lost in Yosemite National Park
This is a mix of adventure, mystery, suspense, fiction and fact. Lizzie becomes friends with Tyler who she finds hiding in the zoo. When the new wolves begin to die they begin following leads that leave them lost in the middle of Yosemite National Park. Impulsive would best describe the two leads. I think things would have gone better for them if they told Lizzie father everything they knew rather than holding back. There are some beautiful descriptions of the zoo and Yosemite. The action keeps the reader involved and the story line flows steadily. A great read for grades 4 to 9. Even older readers will enjoy the picturesque style of writing although I believe they will have little trouble solving the mystery.
If you are looking for a light read for younger readers then check out "The Wolf Keepers" today. My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
I think the adventures the two characters have in the story are what kept my daughter interested. She has never been a big reader but has recently become more interested. It's an easy read for children. The girl in the story is about the same age as my daughter which I also think made this story better for her. I would recommend this book for any age 10+.