John Smelcer perpetuates the endangered Native American language called Athna in this book..The main character is a young heroine who is proud of this Indian language. This language is passed down to her by her grandfather. A person's language is closely tied to their sense of identity. I can identify with this being both Japanese and Chinese. I try to learn a little bit of both languages all the time.
I am a fan of poetry John Smelcer includes beautiful poems in this book. My favorite poem is entitled "Potlatch". A potlatch is a Native American celebration that honors loved ones who have recently passed away. My other favorite poem is entitled "Call Of The Wild". This is an interesting about what it feels like to be a wolf. I have never read a poem like this before.
The young heroine in Lone Wolves is a teenage girl named Denny. She participates in the Iditarod dog sled race with seven dogs and one wolf in the lead. I have heard of this race before. John Smelcer is the first author to capture how physically grueling and perilous this race really is. It is a fifteen day race of 1,100 miles through snow, rivers, forests. The main thing about this race is not always about winning it. It is simply about completing it with dignity and courage. The young heroine in this book accomplishes this. Lone Wolves is the kind of book that will inspire young people to work hard for what they want in life. The author offers questions about the book that will promote discussion for young readers. Lovely illustrations of wolves are included in this book by a young artist named Hannah Carlon.
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