Yep. I’m back with a new summer read. I will be reviewing another book by Jack London
, entitled, White Fang, continuing in his theme about dogs, wolves and sledding.
This is a stand-alone novel like London’s Call of the Wild. It is like Call of the Wild in many other ways, but mainly that the character is a dog. Call of the Wild was published in 1903 and White Fang just three years later in 1906.
The main character is part dog-part wolf. His father is a wolf, and his mother half dog half wolf. He is given the name White Fang by his first master, Gray Beaver. He becomes a sled dog, like all the other dogs around him.
White Fang lives in a Native American camp with his mother and with humans. He is the youngest pup in the camp, therefore being subject to bullying. One especially mean pup, Lip-Lip enjoys beating up White Fang the most. Being the smallest and youngest, White Fang is an easy target. As White Fang grows up though, he becomes the largest, strongest, fastest, and smartest, hence being able to beat up the others.
But not even the strongest are able to defeat the humans. The humans do not treat their animals kindly. If the dogs are good, they may get a piece of meat. If not, they are beaten. Animals do not protest, since the Law of the Wild is that humans are superior.
After moving into a trading hub run by white Americans, White Fang is sold by Gray Beaver. The poor animal is forced to be a pit dog and fight for money. Adding to the misery, he is also being taunted and tied up and beaten by his cruel new owner, ‘Beauty’ Smith.
Sooo… Yeah… It might not sound like a good story. But trust me, it ends very well. You’ll just have to get the book to find out what it is, though. I actually wanted a sequel. But… I can’t have a sequel.
In my eyes, this book is very well written. It has a familiar theme to Call of the Wild, and that is nice. It is SUPER long, so it keeps the fast readers (like me) busy for at least three days. I suggest reading it with a nice cup of hot tea or coffee :)
Great job, Livy. Thank you for sharing.
LUKE'S SUMMER READING PICK!
Welcome to our newest, reviewer, 7year-old- Luke.
Luke is becoming a skilled reader as he enters 2nd grade. He is also a future Little League baseball star.
You will find him on Sunday afternoons with his dad on the field participating in their favorite sport.
Luke enjoyed reading "For the Love of Big Balooka" so much that he has read it twice! Check out his review!
I thought it was good. It was funny how they thought it was an alien at the window but it was really just the dog. That part was a little scary. My favorite character is Meg because Meg is my mom. I liked that she had a pet hamster like me. It was good and teaches a valuable lesson that you should always forgive. I would recommend For the Love of Big Balooka to anybody.
Thank you, Luke! Job well done!
A new book review for you! This week Livy recommends, The Call of the Wild" by Jack London. In her review she calls it, ". . .one of the best classics, ever!" Get ready for summer reading and "get this book"!, she says.
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Call of the Wild by Jack London was first published in the year 1903. The main character is Buck, a St. Bernard Scottish Collie mix. Other characters include other sled dogs, Buck's multiple masters, and his previous owner.
Buck gets stolen and sold to new masters. He meets the other sled dogs and finds that he can’t really get along with one. The alpha dog does not like that the others look up to Buck because of his size. Buck lets instinct take over and fights him.
To me, this is a classic like no other. It contains the perfect amount of action, heartbreak, and suspense to be on my top five classics. It is immensely descriptive in the right ways, and is very, very enjoyable. I have no idea how Jack London crafts together this masterpiece of a book and makes it so… awesome!
The age group, hmm…. I think the youngest you should read it is nine. There is a bit of fighting and a couple of deaths. Having said that, there are also a couple of very gruesome impalings and scalpings, so be prepared! >:) The end is a bit sad, too. Okay, I’m done with warnings now, can I move on?
Go get the book! When you finish, hopefully, you will agree with me that Call of the Wild is one of the best classics ever.
Thank you, Livy, for your recommendation. Great job!
BOOK REVIEWS FOR KIDS BY KIDS!
New review for you! This week's book review is by another 5th grade scholar, Abby. Abby is an avid reader (loves teen drama) and is recommending the entire series of eight books to date of Keeper of the Lost Cities. Pictured to the left is one of the books in the series.
Keeper of the Lost Cities Series by Shannon Messenger
Shannon Messenger started writing possibly before I was born. She is a New York Times and a USA Today #1 Bestselling Author. She (as well as all of the other AMAZING authors out there) have really outdone themselves. The story she weaves is full of action, sacrifice, heartbreak, and teen drama. Oh yes, lots of it. I forgot to mention I love teen drama.
Shannon carefully crafts characters to have intricate and varied backstories and personalities, something many authors struggle to do (no pressure!) and keeps the plotline consistent and full of fun little drops of foreshadowing. She is insanely descriptive and uses words to describe things in ways you would never think of. Although her books are not based on any Christian beliefs (or any religion at all) they hold many important morals.
Sophie Elizabeth Foster (the main character of the story) is an elf among humans. You may be thinking “elves? Why elves? They look so much different than humans!” (I can’t give you all the details because SPOILERS!) but elves are much smarter, better looking humans in their basest. Elves live forever (as much as they know because no one’s died of old age) but they aren’t immortal. That’s an elf for you!
Anyways, Sophie is an elf. She thinks she’s a human but has a sinking suspicion that she isn’t normal. Ever since she was five and fell and hit her head on the steps to her house, she’s been able to read minds. She knows she has to protect that secret forever, at least, she believes so. She meets a boy named Fitz (whom she thinks is VERY cute) and he reveals to her the wonders of the Lost Cities and tells her she belonged there. She has to make an impossible decision; leave her human family behind and go to the Lost Cities where she belonged, or stay and have to live with blinding headaches and a secret she can never share.
If you read through the entire series you can see Sophie experience the Neverseen, an alicorn, insanely powerful abilities, the Black Swan, and SO MUCH MORE!!! There are eight books (so far. She’s still writing!!) Go check her out!
Great job, Abby! Thank you
NEW FEATURE BOOK REVIEWS FOR KIDS BY KIDS!
Fifth grade scholar, Livy is a voracious reader! Beginning in April she and other scholars will take turns sharing book recommendations for summer reading. To kick off this new feature, Livy will share her review of sci-fi, The Ark, the Reed, & the Fire Cloud by Jenny L. Cote.
The Ark, The Reed, and The Fire Cloud by Jenny L. Cote
This book was written by Jenny. L. Cote a while before I was born. It is a fictionalized version of the story of the Ark, from the perspective of the animals. The main characters are Max, a Scottish terrier, and Liz, a French female cat. They go on an adventure together to the ark, and learn a lot along the way.
In my opinion, this book is amazing. It teaches you a lot about the Bible, trusting in God, and facing your fears. This book is extremely well written, and the characters have very good character development. The animals come from different parts of the world, so you get to learn a little bit of their languages.
I have re-read this book three times, once when I was eight, once when I was ten, and then again a few weeks ago. This book is the first in a series; The Amazing Tales of Max and Liz, and The Epic Order of The 7. The Ark, The Reed, and The Fire Cloud is very funny and has charming and adorable characters.
The wonderful storyline of this book makes you feel immersed in the story. Liz teaches you a bit of science and a bit of her language. From her ‘teaching’, you learn common French phrases and words. She teaches the other characters the names of different flowers, teaching you them too!. Furthermore, Max’s brogue will be commonly used.
As the plot twists and turns, it wraps you up in the intensity of the storyline. This is a masterpiece of a book in my mind, and maybe you’ll agree with me when you read it.
Great job, Livy! Thank you!