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The author of the book: Polly Carlson-Voiles
Date of issue: 2012
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Julie of the Wolves meets Hatchet in this middle grade novel that follows orphaned twelve-year-old Nika and her seven-year-old brother Randall as they leave a California foster home to visit a long-lost uncle in the wilderness lake country of Northern Minnesota. A phone call from their uncle sets them on a journey in a small floatplane over the thick green forest canopy, to spend the summer on a wilderness island. Nika, of all people, knows not to get her heart set on anything, but as she follows her uncle in his job studying wolves, Nika stumbles upon a relationship with an orphaned wolf pup that makes her feel — for the first time since her mother died — whole again. Here in these woods, with this wolf, none of the hard things in her past can reach her. With vivid details about wolf behavior and a deep sense of interconnectedness with nature, this captivating first novel illuminates the intricacies of family while searching for the fine balance between caring for wild animals and leaving them alone.
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Read information about the authorPolly Carlson-Voiles grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, spending memorable long summers in Hawaii, Virginia, and the north woods of Minnesota. Stray animals, wild animals, deep woods, ocean waves, storms and lakes helped shape her love for science and the natural world. During high school and college she discovered the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness, which became a lifelong magnet. After graduating from the University of Minnesota in English and Art, she lived in California for several years before moving back to Minnesota to teach special education and English.
Polly's interest in writing for children ranges from poetry, picture books, non-fiction, and middle grade novels. Her teaching spanned grades K-12 in settings from elementary to juvenile detention to teaching teen parents. From her teaching Polly learned that books are windows, glue, tunnels, and telescopes for children at any level of learning.
While visiting her cabin on Lake Vermilion, Polly noticed a disturbance in the glassy water of the lake, only to watch a deer swim out into the water, pursued by a wolf. After several attacks the exhausted wolf swam back to land 50 feet from where Polly stood, camera-free but electric with interest. It is this wolf who worked its way roundabout into Polly's winter book, Someone Walks By, The Wonders of Winter Wildlife. She says it was this wolf and a frozen frog who inspired her to illustrate and write this book.
With their children grown, and both retired from teaching, Polly and her husband Steve moved up north to live full time in the wild and beautiful lap of the BWCAW, outside of Ely, Minnesota, where the wolves howl and leave their tracks at the bottom of the driveway.
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