Monday, December 1, 2014

Review: Wolf by Valerie Hobbs

Title: Wolf
Author: Valerie Hobbs
Year Published: 2013

Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Pages: 117
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2014 Google Reading map): USA

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): Jack the Border Collie has finally found a home and a purpose on a farm, where he keeps a flock of sheep safe from coyotes and helps train young pups to do the same. But when two sheep disappear in broad daylight, Jack doesn't know what happened to them. Was it his fault? Is he just getting too old for this job? Still, he's determined not to disappoint his boy, Luke, who thinks that Jack is the smartest and fastest dog around. Then Jack and Luke discover that the animal threatening their farm is far more dangerous than any coyote: it's a rabid wolf. Jack knows that he must gather the courage and strength to protect eh ones he loves most--but can on old dog learn new tricks?

Review: Even though this is a sequel to Hobbs' earlier novel, Sheep, you can read this without reading the first book. Before I write about Wolf, let me tell you that I LOVED Sheep so also highly recommend reading that one. Also, a disclaimer. I know Val Hobbs, the author of this wonderful book. But that hasn't clouded my judgment... much :-) 

Hobbs does a wonderful job of getting inside the mind of Jack, the Border Collie! I love his voice. To see events from the animal's perspective is a fun way to read a book, especially this one as we read how he herds the sheep, how he sniffs out what is going on, and how he feels about his humans. But this isn't just a feel-good story. There is definite tension and danger, making it a really good read. There are also chapters written from the wolf's side and the reader feels bad for him as he suffers with rabies, hunger, loneliness, and the need to find a mate.

If you want a quick read that will make you love the characters, then this is one you should check out.

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