Wednesday, November 22, 2017

K10: Old Wolf by Avi

The Kidliterati Ten is an interview series with young readers. We ask them about a favorite book and hope that you enjoy their answers.

Tell us a little about yourself: what is your first name, how old are you, and what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Leo, 14, and Mint Chocolate Chip.

What book did you read and why did you choose it?
Old Wolf. I chose to read it because I love books about animals, adventure, and the wilderness. I also love wolves.

Can you describe this book in one word?

What was your favorite part of this story?

My favorite part was when the protagonist who was the wolf character first came in contact with the other lead character, Casey, a young kid, who became his companion for a while. The wolf was wounded and the kid saved his life. They bonded of course. It is not an unusual story but the writing was great and both he-wolf and he boy tell their sides.

If you had a problem similar to the main character's problem, what would you do?

At some point, a crow tries to give the wolf who is starving in winter some pointers on survival. The wolf doesn't listen. I would have.

What would you say to your best friend to convince them to read this book?

It's the type of book that keeps you hooked from the start and I hardly ever get hooked.

What do you think about the book's cover?
It was one of the main reasons I picked it up to read. It drew me in.

Would you want to read another book about these characters? Why or why not?

No, I wouldn't because I loved the story so much I want to leave it where it ended.

Can you name another book that reminds you of this one?

Maybe "Hatchet."

If you could ask the author one question about this book what would it be?

What inspired you to write about this subject? Where do you get ideas? What is your stand on video games and hunting?   (That’s 3 questions, but let’s see what we can do.)

From Avi’s author page, about where his ideas come from.

One gets ideas by thinking about books, and how they are constructed. That is, ideas do not come to me whole, they are created slowly by looking at things and people and situations in terms of stories. Everybody has ideas. The vital question is, what do you do with them? My wife, a college teacher, users her ideas to understand literature. My rock musician sons shape their ideas into music. My sister takes her ideas and fashions them into poems. My brother uses his ideas to help him understand science. I take my ideas and turn them into stories. Now, what do you think you'll do with your ideas?


                          Thank you, Leo, for sharing your favorite book with us!


                                                             Old Wolf

In the computer game world of Bow Hunter (Casey's world) there are no deaths, just kills. In the wolf world (Nashoba's world) there have been no kills. For this is March, the Starving Time in the Iron Mountain region of Colorado when wolves and ravens alike are desperate for food.

With the help of a raven, the miraculous Merla, Nashoba must lead his pack of eight to a next meal. The wolf hates being dependent on a mere bird, but Merla is a bird wise beyond her years.

And when thirteen-year-old Casey crosses their path, two very different approaches to hunting collide. 


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