October 16, 2010
Wolf Brother - By Michelle Paver
Young Torak is the last member of the Wolf Clan, and when his father is killed by a giant bear, he sets off to seek revenge. Along the way he picks up a wolf cub named Wolf, and a girl who is tough enough to kick his butt. Together they set off on a series of adventures through the physical and spiritual worlds, eventually making their way to the mystical mountains, where they must make the hardest choices in their lives. I LOVE this book, and can't wait to read the entire series. It's similar in some ways to The Conch Bearer, which I reviewed recently, but rather than taking place in modern India, it is set in an ancient land much like America would have been before the Europeans came along.
This is a fabulous book for readers craving adventure and suspense, mystery and ancient magic, giant evil bears and deadly avalanches, cute wolf pups and lots of chasing, hiding, running, and generally being brave and heroic. Just read it, and I don't think you'll regret it. Then go to Disney Land.
P.S. If you like audio books, this one is fantastic, especially because of the reader: Ian McKellan!