Black Wolf of the Glacier (Paperback)

Alaska's Romeo

By Deb Vanasse, Nancy Slagle (Illustrator)

University of Alaska Press, 9781602231979, 30pp.

Publication Date: March 15, 2013

List Price: 12.95*
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In 2003, Alaskans fell for a lolloping, dog-friendly wolf they named Romeo. Left without a pack, this lone wolf found a new family among Juneau’s domestic dogs and their owners, who became enamored with his striking looks and friendly demeanor. For years he remained a constant companion to residents of Juneau and their dogs, becoming a familiar and sociable presence in their lives. While his unusual tale had a tragic end, his legacy of respect and trust lives on.

Black Wolf of the Glacier 
tells the story of this beloved legend through the eyes of Shawna, whose dog becomes best friends with Romeo. While initially afraid, Shawna ultimately learns to love the benevolent wolf. When Romeo goes missing, Shawna begins a determined search to find him, bringing readers along for the adventure.
Deb Vanasse’s heartfelt prose and Nancy Slagle’s charming illustrations will delight Romeo’s many fans and capture the hearts of readers new to the story. Black Wolf of the Glacier beautifully captures the soul of Romeo’s story and celebrates the bonds we still form with our wild world.

About the Author

Nancy Slagle is an illustrator of educational games and children’s books, including Lucy’s Dance.

Praise For Black Wolf of the Glacier: Alaska's Romeo

Black Wolf of the Glacier is both a lasting tribute to a noble wild animal and a testament to the two-sided, ongoing relationship (with the potential capacity for good or evil) between wild animals and humans.”

— Midwest Book Review