Wolf Books for the new fan

I’ve been reading a lot of stuff on Wattpad lately, especially werewolf stories. I’ve come to the conclusion that nobody has ever read a wolf book in their lives, or knows where to find one. So here’s a helpful list of titles, wolf and dog books, so young writers can see how to get inside the head of an animal, write great fights and excellent action.

But first, to get it out of the way …

Cry Wolf, by Patricia Briggs: “Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack…and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member—and as his mate.” … and I think this book and its sequels are what 99% of all Wattpad werewolf novels are based on. In case anyone was curious.

Snow Dog, by Jim Kjelegaard: The steel-gray Husky Chiri was just a puppy when he watched the black wolf kill his mother and two brothers. Left alone inthe snow-covered land oof the coyote, caribou, and gizzly, Chiri learned to fend for himself, to hunt and survive by his keen instinct and natural intelligence. Now full-grown and full of courage and cunning, Chiri forms a tentative bond with trapper Link Stevens, the only human he’s ever learned to trust. But the Husky knows that one day soon he will have to face the black wolf again–and this time only one of them will survive.

Wild Trek by Jim Kjelegaard: (Sequel to Snow Dog) This is the story of the trapper, Link Stevens, and his fearless snow dog, Chiri. It began when the trapper and his dog set out to rescue a naturalist stranded in the perilous Caribou mountains–the impenetrable storm-blasted heights from which no man has ever retumed. Forced to live by Stone Age methods, they relied on every resource of the dog’s wild cunning and the trapper’s woodlore. How they battled a killer cougar and bloodthirsty wolves, yet brought their man to safety, is a gripping, action-packed saga. It is also the stirring tale of the deep love between a loyal snow dog and his courageous trapper master.

Kavik the Wolf Dog, by Walt Morey: Kavik is half wolf, half dog, and a champion fighter. He is bought by a wealthy businessman, but while being shipped aboard a plane, the plane crashes and Kavik is stranded in his cage, injured and exposed to the elements. A boy finds him and saves his life, but Kavik has lost his courage, even running from the town mutts. Unfortunately, the businessman who bought him discovers him and hauls him a thousand miles away to his home in the city. Kavik escapes and begins the thousand-mile trek homeward to the boy he loves–and fights to recover his lost courage.

White Fang, by Jack London: London tells the story of a wolf-dog who endures great cruelty before he comes to know human kindness. (Free on Kindle)

Kazan, by James Oliver Curwood: Kazan is a husky who loses his master and takes to the wild to survive. He mates with Gray Wolf, whose eyes are later torn out by a panther. But Kazan and Gray Wolf compensate for her blindness, relying on her hearing and sense of smell to become an unbeatable hunting team.

Silver Chief: Dog of the North

From Goodreads review: The main appeal for me is that it was the first serious novel I read as a child — and of course, it’s about a heroic dog! It was published in 1933, therefore some of the narrative is a bit dated, but the depiction of life as a Canadian Mountie in the early years of the 20th century is hauntingly convincing. The writer, Jack O’Brien, was surveyor on Richard Byrd’s expedition to the Antarctic, and that experience shows, adding a lot of depth and realism to the suffering his characters endure in the brutal winters of the far north. It definitely gives you the feeling that you’ve left civilization far behind.

Never Cry Wolf, by Farley Mowat: EYE TO EYE WITH DEATH: THE WOLF PROJECT
Hordes of bloodthirsty wolves are slaughtering the arctic caribou, and the government’s Wildlife Service assigns naturalist Farley Mowat to investigate. Mowat is dropped alone onto the frozen tundra, where he begins his mission to live among the howling wolf packs and study their ways. Contact with his quarry comes quickly, and Mowat discovers not a den of marauding killers but a courageous family of skillful providers and devoted protectors of their young. As Mowat comes closer to the wolf world, he comes to fear with them the onslaught of bounty hunters and government exterminators out to erase the noble wolf community from the Arctic. Never Cry Wolf is one of the brilliant narratives on the myth and magic of wild wolves and man’s true place among the creatures of nature.

Wolf Pack: Tracking wolves in the wild: Describes the social interaction of wolves in a pack as they share the work of hunting, maintaining territory, and raising young

Winter Awakening, Dana Bell: World Warrior and Anumati are unaware kittens, pups and rightful prey are being stolen by strange metal monster. All that is left behind are odd jagged paw prints of an animal they do not know.

In their world of snow and biting wind they must decide if they trust each other enough to find out the truth or if old predator-prey rules remain with no hope for change.

There’s a whole bunch more in lists on Goodreads. This one had a lot of good stuff, for example.

One thought on “Wolf Books for the new fan

  1. That is a nice group of books. I think I saw most of them in the box that was from your bookcase.
    You have so many dog books. I do hope your kids like dog books too. There are so many.
    Have a nice day.


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