The Call of the Wild
Publication Date: March 27, 2008
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Part St. Bernard, part Scotch shepherd, Buck is a sturdy crossbreed canine accustomed to a comfortable life as a family doguntil he's seized from his pampered surroundings and shipped to Alaska to be a sled dog. There, the forbidding landscape is as harsh as life itself during the gold rush of the 1890s. Forced to function in a climate where every day is a savage struggle for survival, Buck adapts quickly. Traces of his earlier existence are obliterated and he reverts to his dormant primeval instincts, encountering danger and adventure as he becomes the leader of a wolf pack and undertakes a journey of nearly mythical proportions.
Superb details, taken from Jack London's firsthand knowledge of Alaskan frontier life, make this classic tale of endurance as gripping today as it was over a century ago. One of literature's most popular and exciting adventure stories, The Call of the Wild is a children’s classic that will inspire imaginations generation after generation.
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John Griffith "Jack" London (18761916) is an American author, journalist, and social activist. Some of his most famous works include The Call of the Wild and White Fang, as well as the short stories "To Build a Fire", "An Odyssey of the North", and "Love of Life".
Melvin Burgess has written several novels for children, three of which were shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. He lives in the north of England with his son, a cat, and a tarantula.
When writer Jonathan Evison reads a book, he wants full immersion â?? emotionally, intellectually and sensually. He suggests three wild, Western adventure tales that will pick you up, knock you down and leave you breathless. More at NPR.org
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