Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 5 to 9
- Grade: k to 3
This captivating tale will inspire children across the world to build compassion for an iconic yet vulnerable animal.
Stirring, gorgeous illustrations of wolves, snow, and trees illuminate this uplifting and empowering story, which offers a gentle message for protecting wild wolves in North America and beyond. Just like us, wolves have brothers, sisters, parents, and friends—and they very much need our help.
In award-winning author Eliza Robertson’s stunning debut children’s book, a young, brave wolf named Spur is looking for food with her brother when, suddenly, a flying beast appears in the sky. What was that thing? And where did her brother go? The next time the helicopter appears, Spur knows just what to do to save her wolf pack and reunite with her brother.
About the authors
Eliza Robertson was born in Vancouver and grew up on Vancouver Island. She studied creative writing and political science at the University of Victoria, then pursued her M.A. in prose fiction at the University of East Anglia, where she received a Man Booker Scholarship and the Curtis Brown Prize for best writer. In Canada, she has won three national fiction contests. Most recently, she was a finalist for the 2013 CBC Short Story Prize, won the 2013 Commonwealth Regional Prize for her piece “We Walked on Water,” and was shortlisted for the 2013 Journey Prize. She lives in Victoria.
Artist and illustrator Nora Aoyagi’s work explores the natural world with an emphasis on flora and fauna. She resides in Berkeley, California.
“Aoyagi's illustrations effectively contrast harmonious shapes of the pristine natural world with jagged shapes in the illustrations of logged forest, log trucks, and [the] helicopter. A commendably effective and unvarnished presentation of wolf culling, for readers who are ready for it.”
“Robertson effectively engages readers’ emotions through empathy for Spur.”
—School Library Journal
“An evocative book.”
“Evocative artwork of wolves in their natural habitats enhances this empowering story.”
“Eliza Robertson’s debut children’s book is a very touching one, but is also a creative and gentle approach to an important issue about protecting wild wolves. This book is a great way to showcase this to children and teach the importance of protecting animals’ natural habitats. And Nora Aoyagi’s beautiful illustrations of wintery landscapes and wolves are the perfect touch.”
“There is a message about the impact of human activity on the wild wolves of North America, and a gentle urging for those creatures to be protected.”