The Secret Journeys of Jack London, Book One

The Wild

By Christopher Golden; Greg Ruth (Illustrator); Tim Lebbon
(HarperTeen, Hardcover, 9780061863172, 368pp.)

Publication Date: March 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Hardcover, Paperback

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Description

The world knows Jack London as a writer who lived his own thrilling, real-life adventures. But there are parts of his life that have remained hidden for many years, things even he couldn’t set down in writing. Terrifying, mysterious, bizarre, and magical —these are the Secret Journeys of Jack London.

We meet Jack at age seventeen, following thousands of men and women into the Yukon Territory in search of gold. For Jack, the journey holds the promise of another kind of fortune: challenge and adventure. But what he finds in the wild north is something far more sinister than he could have ever imagined: kidnapping and slavery, the murderous nature of desperate men, and, amidst it all, supernatural beasts of the wilderness that prey upon the weakness in men’s hearts. Jack’s survival will depend on his ability to quell the demons within himself as much as those without.

Acclaimed authors Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon, along with illustrator Greg Ruth, have crafted a masterful tale both classic and contemporary, a gripping original story of the paranormal in the tradition of the great Jack London.




About the Author

Christopher Golden is the Bram Stoker Award-winning, New York Times–bestselling author of more than fifty books for adults. He has teamed with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola on baltimore, a WWI-era vampire novel, and is also the author of the teen novel soulless and the teen thriller series Body of Evidence, the first of which was named a YALSA Best Book for Young Readers. He lives with his family in Massachusetts.

Tim Lebbon is the author of nearly thirty books, including the island and, with Chris Golden, the acclaimed Hidden Cities series. He is the winner of numerous British Fantasy Awards and a Bram Stoker Award. He lives in the Welsh countryside with his wife and children.

Greg Ruth is the illustrator of numerous novels, picture books, and comics, including the Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars series. He lives with his wife and two sons in Massachusetts.




Praise For The Secret Journeys of Jack London, Book One

“A masterful mix of gold, cold, supernatural creatures, and dread magic makes this a great action adventure story.”
-Garth Nix, author of the Abhorsen Trilogy

“A great old-school adventure novel and the best use of the Wendigo legend I’ve ever read.”
-Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy

A rollicking adventure tale for modern-day readers, depicting with great awe the unforgiving, and yet beautiful, conditions Jack confronts. There is enough biographical reality to drive curious readers into sampling the works of the actual London while they eagerly await another chapter. That is a fire worth starting.
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review)

Golden and Lebbon write with a gritty assurance that brings the fantasy elements-most notably, Jack’s multiple face-offs with the mythic Wendigo-down to earth. This first chapter kicks the door open for almost anything in book two.
-ALA Booklist

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