Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
This is a middle grade story for fans of Julie of the Wolves or Hatchet.
The story is about a 12 year old orphaned girl Nika and her 7 year old brother Randall as they leave a California foster home to visit a long-lost uncle in the wilderness of Northern Minnesota. This takes them on a journey in a small floatplane over the thick green forest canopy, to spend the summer on a wilderness island. Nika, of all people, knows not to get her heart set on anything, but as she follows her uncle in his job studying wolves, Nika stumbles upon a relationship with an orphaned wolf pup that makes her feel — for the first time since her mother died — whole again. Here in these woods, with this wolf, none of the hard things in her past can reach her.
I really like to read books about wolves and this one touches great details about wolf behavior and a deep sense of interconnection with nature. I really enjoyed it.