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Dogwolf

Carter, Alden R

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ISBN 10: 0590467417 / ISBN 13: 9780590467414
Published by Scholastic, New York, 1994
New Condition: New Hardcover
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Novel for adolescent readers set in northern Wisconsin about a 15-yr-old old, part-Chippewa, who spends a summer helping fight forest fires. Bookseller Inventory # 501

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Title: Dogwolf

Publisher: Scholastic, New York

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Edition: First Edition

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A coming-of-age story set in fire-ravaged northern Wisconsin explores a boy's struggle to find his own identity, deal with his partial Native American heritage, and come to terms with the raging forces within and around him.

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Grade 9-12?In a summer when everyone is on edge because of threatening forest fires, Pete LaSavage, 15, feels the tension even more. The lingering fires stir up memories of his father who went into those same northern Wisconsin woods to die after being crippled in a logging accident. Pete struggles with questions about his identity, and his mixed Chippewa, Metis, and Swedish heritage. He feels uncomfortable in both the Indian and white worlds. His friend Jim seems as uncomfortable as Pete is with his Indian background, and both engage in self-denigrating comments about themselves and tribal life. Even sex with his ex-girlfriend is unsatisfactory. Despite his sarcasm, however, Jim seems to believe in the possibility of visions and mysticism, especially when danger arises after a neighbor's mongrel wolf/dog is set loose by Pete, who finds the animal's howls both annoying and somehow taunting. Strong on images and emotions, this is a haunting book with some unanswered questions. From his shift in the lookout tower, Pete conveys the landscape, the unpredictability of fire, and the courage of the people who fight it, and reflects on the intensity of the dissatisfaction burning within him. But it is difficult at times to follow the threads that hold those scenes to the other elements of the story. The death of the neighbor, shocking and graphic, is unexplained other than to serve as a reminder of Pete's own father's death. Jim's death when confronting the dogwolf leads to Pete's ultimate confrontation with the animal, but it holds no satisfying resolution other than the demise of a creature that should never have been released. Complex and very slow moving.?Susan Knorr, Milwaukee Public Library, WI
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