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For National Curriculum Key Stage 2, Fiction, General fiction (Children's / Teenage), Animal stories (Children's / Teenage)

The dramatic story of a wolf's fight for survival and the people who help him, by award-winning author Geoffrey Malone.

In the desperate search for food during a desolate winter, Marak leads his pack of wolves into the cattle country of Wyoming. Lying in wait for them near the town of Elliot Lake is a hunter, hired by a local rancher, Daniels.

The Viccary family is new to Elliot Lake, and thirteen-year-old Ed Viccary is having difficulty adjusting to small-town life - not least because of his conservationist views. When Marak is critically injured by the hunter, it is Ed's father who finds him bleeding in the snow. The local people insist that they turn the wolf over to Daniels, and the Viccarys reluctantly concede. But Ed is appalled, and in the dead of night he frees Marak, who escapes into the wilderness.

Marak is on his own, with every wolf pack trying to drive him away. Eventually, he meets a solitary female, and they begin to carve out their own territory. But Daniels and his hunters are closing in ...

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Praise for Wolf

  • Captures perfectly the arbitrary, necessary cruelty of a predator and the deliberate, pointless cruelty of human hunters. Children will rush through this story ... We come to know Marek so well that his death is realistically a bitter shock. - Armadillo

  • ELEPHANT BEN: 'compelling reading' - THE SCHOOL LIBRARIAN

  • ELEPHANT BEN: 'An exciting and immensely enjoyable adventure story ... A great read for any young wildlife enthusiast.' - THE NORTHERN ECHO

  • Review of 'Elephant Ben' from a child judge of the Stockton Award: '... definitely the most brilliant book I ever read. It's a definite 10/10!' Frederick Nattrass, aged 9.

  • TORN EAR: 'I thoroughly recommend this.' - THE SCHOOL LIBRARIAN

  • KIMBA: 'Geoffrey Malone continues to be one of the great specialists of the animal novel.' - West of France review paper

  • There is both an urgency and a deftness in the writing. This book is highly recommended. - SLA

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Geoffrey Malone

Geoffrey Malone spent his early life in Africa and did not receive any formal schooling until the age of eleven. He later spent sixteen years as a soldier, then left the UK for Toronto, where he joined a Canadian advertising agency.

An encounter with a colony of beavers in the Ontario wilderness during his stay in Canada, led to his first book - Brunner. He returned to Britain determined to write for children. He has now had eight books published, most of which are about wild animals. They are all closely observed and describe the struggle for survival among differing species, in today's man-dominated world.

He won the (prestigious) French Children's Book of the Year, TamTam Prize, for Torn Ear, the story of a fox. This was followed soon afterwards by the award of the, Prix d' Enfants et Grand-Parents Europeen. In England, he was shortlisted for the 2001 Stockton Children's Book of the Year, with Elephant Ben, a story about ivory poaching.

His subjects have included badger baiting in England; the slaughter of Indian tigers, and life inside a wolf pack, in Wyoming, USA. His latest book, Dead Boys' Club, sees a return to Africa and a vivid description of the horrors of modern day slavery, as a Child Soldier.

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