White Fang

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Action / Adventure
Scholastic 2001 (Originally published 1906 by Macmillan)

White Fang is part dog and part wolf, and the lone survivor of his family. In his lonely world, he soon learns to follow the harsh law of the North--kill or be killed. But nothing in White Fang's life can prepare him for the cruel owner who turns him into a vicious killer. Will White Fang ever know the kindness of a gentle master?---from the publisher


Still there was about him a suggestion of lurking ferocity, as though the Wild still lingered in him and the wolf in him merely slept.

Born in the wild, a young wolf-dog cub is the sole survivor of a litter birthed by a she-wolf. Together Mother and cub fight for survival in the harsh Klondike wilderness. Forging forward with their natural instincts as their guides, the two come across a group of aboriginal humans. One human named Grey Beaver recognizes the she-wolf as his brother’s wolf-dog he had lost many years ago. With this knowledge, Grey Beaver adopts both the Mother and her cub, which he christens with the name White Fang.---from the publisher

222 pages                              978-1949982381                     Ages 12 and up

Keywords:  dog, survivor, nature, trust, animal abuse, 12 year old, 13 year old, 14 year old, classic, survival, wilderness


White Fang is a novel by American author Jack London (1876–1916) — and the name of the book's eponymous character, a wild wolfdog. First serialized in Outing magazine, it was published in 1906. The story takes place in Yukon Territory and the Northwest Territories, Canada, during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush and details White Fang's journey to domestication. It is a companion novel (and a thematic mirror) to London's best-known work, The Call of the Wild, which is about a kidnapped, domesticated dog embracing his wild ancestry to survive and thrive in the wild.

Much of White Fang is written from the viewpoint of the titular canine character, enabling London to explore how animals view their world and how they view humans. White Fang examines the violent world of wild animals and the equally violent world of humans. The book also explores complex themes including morality and redemption.

As early as 1925, the story was adapted to film, and it has since seen several more cinematic adaptations, including a 1991 film starring Ethan Hawke and a 2018 Netflix original.---from the publisher

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