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The Call of the Wild, Jack London

This classic tale follows the life of a domesticated dog named Buck who is stolen from his comfortable California home and taken to the harsh wilds of the Alaskan gold rush of 1897 to work as a sled dog. Although told from the perspective of a dog, the allegorical story presents the journey undertaken by anyone who has left the predictable and safe for adventure and danger and who has consequently undergone a complete transformation along the way.

Related Readings

"A Wolf Tale"—informative nonfiction by Dr. Ann Squire

"With Age, How Do the Animals Fare?"—newspaper article by Sherry Joe Crosby

from Sled Dogs: Arctic Athletes—informative nonfiction by Elizabeth Ring

"The Animal Mind"—magazine article by James L. Gould and Carol Grant Gould

"The Cat That Walked by Himself"—short story by Rudyard Kipling


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