|White Fang illustration by Kako|
Jack London will take you on an adventure anywhere, anytime. Boy or girl from grade 6 up will enjoy this, and you may even choose to go on the adventure, too, and share the reading. London's great talent at creating setting can give you goosebumps like its forty below when its July 10th and 97 degrees in the shade. White Fang, like the companion Yukon book The Call of the Wild, both really take you to the Gold Rush in Alaska in the 1890's. Maybe because Jack London, never one to be a wimp, actually lived in the ultra-rugged region himself. Here's more about him.
It is still unbelievably difficult to get there and stay, but Jack's cabin is there for the visiting if you are a hearty soul. Or you can check out these websites:
|The She-Wolf leads the pack.|
|White Fang is the lead|
Here is an online link with White Fang. The titles of the chapters are compelling just by themselves.
Jack London has numerous stories you may be interested in sharing with a youngster from middle to high school.
This is an online collection:http://london.sonoma.edu/
|The dog wonders at the man's actions.|
|Maybe not such a good idea||.|
These stories bring up themes of survival of the fittest and of man's inhumanity to man and animal, of course. But there are also rich veins of kindness to be mined, and gold nuggets of friendship and loyalty.
My family and my classes have made visits to Wolf Mountain Sanctuary here in Southern California. There are even movie star wolves there! Check it out, you may wish to contribute for their upkeep.
|White Fang, the adventure hero!|