A Wolf Called Wander

Parry, Rosanne. A Wolf Called Wander. New York: Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019.
Heart of a Shepherd , about the son of a soldier in Iraq, and Written in Stone , about an indigenous girl during the 1920s, are hauntingly memorable novels by Rosanne Parry: easy to read but hard to forget. A Wolf Called Wander is another remarkable story by the same author. This time, the protagonist is a wolf, Swift, who is separated from his pack and forced to find a new home far from his old territory. Based on the true story of a wolf who travelled 1,000 miles throughout the Pacific Northwest, this first person account – told from Swift’s point of view – will appeal to animal lovers and environmentalists 10 to 15 years old. A map and additional information about wolves and other animals of the Pacific Northwest are included at the end of the novel. 

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Merry Christmas!

Rundell, Katherine. One Christmas Wish. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2018.

“But even airplanes heading toward Belgium can work magic, if you have luck and love and Christmas on your side.” – Katherine Rundell, One Christmas Wish

Cole, Brock. The Money We’ll Save. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011.

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” – Bob Hope, comedian, actor 

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Acrostic Poems



– Ramneek 




When will the white snow come?
I am slowly growing impatient.
Never took this long for snow to come.
Trying to stay hopeful,
even when it will rain for many more days. Will
rain eventually turn to snow?

– Savreen



Friends are so hard to find. My
running is not the best.
I am gaining weight.
Everyone knows me:
Not a good writer. But
“Don’t get angry,” I tell myself.
“Sometimes you just have to deal with it.”

– Inderjot


Seeing comrades fall
And knowing what to do:
Realizing you can make a difference.
Instinctively rising with new courage.
Fighting back so your comrades can escape. Now stumbling
In pain, you still keep going,
Calmly charging the enemy again and again.
Everyone escapes, but you remain fighting.

– Russ

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Ruby in the Sky

Ferruolo, Jeanne Zulick. Ruby in the Sky. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2019.
Twelve-year-old Ruby has secrets to keep. No one is supposed to ask any questions about her mother and father. But when she meets a recluse who lives near her new home in Vermont, life starts to change. And when she meets Ahmed – a Syrian refugee – at her new school, friendship develops despite her reluctance. Maybe it is possible to find a new home, after all.  A wonderful story for readers 11 to 14 years old. 

And after you’ve read this novel, be sure to read Kate DiCamillo’s Because of Winn-Dixie and Alan Cumyn’s North to Benjamin

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