The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild

By Jack London; Martin Gascoigne (Illustrator); Melvin Burgess (Introduction by)

Puffin Books, Paperback, 9780141321059, 133pp.

Publication Date: March 27, 2008

Life is good for Buck in Santa Clara Valley, where he spends his days eating and sleeping in the golden sunshine. But one day a treacherous act of betrayal leads to his kidnap, and he is forced into a life of toil and danger. Dragged away to be a sledge dog in the harsh and freezing cold Yukon, Buck must fight for his survivial. Can he rise above his enemies and become the master of his realm once again? With an inspirational introduction by award-winning author Melvyn Burgess, The Call of the Wild is one of the twenty wonderful classic stories being reissued in Puffin Classics in March 2015.

About the Author
Jack London (1876-1916) was an American writer who produced two hundred short stories, more than four hundred nonfiction pieces, twenty novels, and three full-length plays in less than two decades. His best-known works include The Call of the Wild, The Sea Wolf, and White Fang.

Melvin Burgess is the author of many novels for young adult and middle-grade readers. Among them are "Nicholas Dane", "Doing It" (a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age), "The Ghost Behind the Wall" (Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year) and "Smack" (winner of Britain's Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Prize for Fiction, as well as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults). In 2001, he wrote the novelization of the film, Billy Elliot. Mr. Burgess lives in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, in England.

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