** First Line Blogfest entry at bottom of post.
Marvelous Middle Grade Monday
Shannon Whitney Messenger decided it was time to give middle grade stories the attention they deserve, and "Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays" was born. I couldn't resist being a part of such brilliance.
Wolf: The Journey Home
by 'Asta Bowen
In this fictionalized account of real events, a female wolf named Marta, along with her young family, sets out on an epic journey to return to their home hunting grounds in Montana after they are mistakenly relocated by a group of naturalists.
Told believably from Marta’s point of view, the story takes the reader deep into a wolf's world, as Marta's determination to protect her pups and find their way home takes her on adventures that are by turns heart warming, perilous, and ultimately tragic.
This is the touching, sometimes heart-wrenching, story of a real-life group of wolves. Ms. Bowen wrote it as fiction, but it is fully based on real events. We have class sets of this novel at my school and it never fails to be a hit. It's a winner with MG and YA readers.
In 2006 it was nominated as a Teens' Top Ten book and has flown under the radar since then. This is one of those books that has failed to receive the acclaim it deserves. Read it and let me know what you think.
Oops! I almost forgot.... (thanks, Beth Fred, for the reminder)
The First Line Blogfest
Hosted by Brenda Drake
My first line:
I crouched in my favorite box elder tree, fourth branch up from the ground and only one branch over from my sister’s piñata.
Visit Brenda's blog to see the other participants. There are 100!!