- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 870 (What's this?)
- Series: Wolves of the Beyond (Book 2)
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Press; Reprint edition (November 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0545093139
- ISBN-13: 978-0545093132
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 177 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grade 4–6—Fans of the "Guardians of Ga'Hoole" series (Scholastic) and those who ate up Lone Wolf (Scholastic, 2009), the first book in this series, will be eager to learn the fate of mother grizzly bear Thunderheart's beloved adopted-wolf-son, Faolan, who was born with a deformed paw and left to die until she found him. In this tightly plotted, lyrical tale, Faolan endures his lot as a gnaw wolf, but has no idea how to bend his innate bravery and confidence into the accepted fringe behavior, cowering and cringing while mashing his face in the dirt to show the required obeisance. Lasky blends her powerful skill in establishing a setting with Faolan's lilting poetry and song, revealing his tender heart and the forest's own beauty. She builds the wolf society as if it were a human tribe of both wise and blind leaders, living in a culture of cruelty, survival, evil, and honor. It is the magic of tribal strength and love that lays down the only hope for a talented young wolf. Readers will be delighted that heroes from Lasky's "Ga'Hoole" series appear to challenge the established world in this fascinating addition to the "Wolves" series.—Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA
(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
The Wolves of the Beyond series continues to follow young Faolan as he struggles as a lowly “gnaw wolf” in his adopted MacDuncan River Pack. Fellow groveler Heep is his chief antagonist, pushing the powerful young wolf through a series of humiliations leading to the gaddergnaw—a contest in which one gnaw wolf is allowed to join the pack proper. As in Lone Wolf (2010), Lasky favors spirituality, rituals, and observances over action, although the gaddergnaw, as well as a murder accusation, keeps the plot trucking. The returning theme of child abandonment will hit kids where they live. Grades 5-8. --Daniel Kraus --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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A wolf named Faolan was raised by a bear, and was a malcadh, or a deformed pup, so his blood would soil the packs clean blood.To get rid of him an obea, a wolf who takes deformed pups to a tummfrey, or death spot, takes Faolan and leaves him by the river where he will surely drown. Instead he is rescued and raised by a bear, who later on dies. Faolan meets an owl who tells him to join a pack and he does. This is where the story starts.
Faolan is a gnaw wolf, the lowest of the pack. He must writh in dirt when a higher rank wolf comes along, and is greatly abused by packmates,on top of that, a wolf named Heep is nothing but trouble. Soon Faolan finds out that a wolf pup, a malcadh, was murdered before it could peacefully die. The pup died painfully and whichever wolf killed the pup violated the law. As soon as Faolan finds the answers, Heep accuses him of killing the pup, will Faolan's evidence be enough to keep him from being,literally, pulled apart by his packmates? Find out in this book.
I would recommend this book to ages 12 and up, this book has a curse word in it, violence, and confusing scenes....nothing too inappropriate.
This installment chronicles the challenges that Faolan faces as the lowest ranked member of the pack as well as the object of jealousy and scorn. He is eventually framed for a crime he did not commit and the tale winds down with the outcome and fallout of the resulting "trial".
I bought this series hoping to engage reluctant readers--and their parents--in a reading program. So far, I've been able to convince one parent to start reading book one aloud. Now, I'm waiting to see if I can hook the kids!
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Enjoyable characters with use of wolf traits. Helps to understand wild life better.
I always thought it was heep!