What a delightful book this is! Wander is also known as Swift, and Journey, and yes, in the environmental world, as OR-7. We follow Wander from the early days in his den with his pack-mates Sharp, Warm, Pounce, and Wag, through breathtaking adventures once he is forced to leave his home pack. His solo journey takes him from the Northeast corner of Oregon, to the Southwest corner, the Rogue.
The novel is based on the real wolf OR-7 who was tagged with a collar at a young age. While we don’t know if all of Wander’s encounters and challenges and adventures actually occurred, we do know the path he took (he traveled close to my home on the outskirts of Bend). Oregonians who have followed the journey of OR-7 over the last ten years will particularly relish this tale. It all seems so believable. And whether you are familiar with OR-7 or not, you will learn fascinating wolf behavior, with little effort on your part.
A Wolf Called Wander is age-rated at 9+. As a book for middle-schoolers, it is a simple and quick read for adults, but Parry’s descriptions and the illustrations by Mónica Armiño will draw you right in. They are vivid and will stay with you.
Yes, I give this book a full recommendation. Be sure to read a copy with the illustrations.