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Dec 18 2015

Wolf Boy by Peter Sykes

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Harbour Publishing House, 2015. ISBN 9781922134585
(Age: 8+) This slim book is well published, with attractive cover art and good paper quality throughout. Eleven short chapters encapsulate the life of Altan, a young Mongolian boy, who finds and nurtures a wolf cub, largely against his family's wishes as it is believed that the danger lies with the wolf cub, Suld, attracting other wolves to the community camp. This little story provides a valuable insight to the transient lives of the Mongolian people, and how a wild animal has a life changing effect on a young boy's life. A few photos scattered throughout the text add authenticity but a map at the beginning of the book could have been more detailed. The language is simple and straightforward but, sadly, there are spelling errors in the book including a  mistake on the back cover. Wolf Boy, however, has its place in the library collection for developing readers.
Julie Wells

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