Wild Life

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Macmillan, May 10, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 177 pages
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Erik is preparing for his first-ever hunting trip when he learns that his parents are being deployed to Iraq. A few days later, Erik is shipped off to North Dakota to live with Big Darrell and Oma, grandparents he barely knows. When Erik rescues a dog that's been stuck by a porcupine, Big Darrell says Erik can't keep him. But Erik has already named her Quill and can't bear to give her up. He decides to run away, taking the dog and a shotgun, certain that they can make it on their own out on the prairie.

In this story of adventure and survival, Erik learns about the challenges and satisfactions of living off the land, the power of family secrets, and the pain of losing what you love.

 

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User Review  - jepeters333 - LibraryThing

Twelve-year-old Erik Carlson has plans, big plans, He is finally old enough to get his New York State hunting license. He's passed the hunter safety course, and is actually going to go hunting with ... Read full review

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User Review  - Julie - Goodreads

Ugh. You might wonder why I gave it three stars and an "ugh", so here is the reason: it is a book intended for middle grade readers, and the things that bugged me will probably not even register with ... Read full review

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Cynthia DeFelice is the author of many bestselling books for young readers, including The Ghost of Fossil Glen, Signal, The Missing Manatee, and Weasel. Her books have been nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe Award and listed as American Library Association Notable Children's Books and Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, among numerous other honors. She lives in upstate New York.