A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry, Mónica Armiño (Illustrator)


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A wolf called wander was inspired by a true story.  It’s beautiful illustrations bring together a tale about family, courage and survival.  I love reading and learning about different animals, especially wolves.  This book is for young readers, although I think any age will thoroughly enjoy this story.

We follow the life of a wolf pup named Swift who lives with his pack in the mountains.  Swift’s mother impresses on him early that his “pack belongs to the mountains and the mountains belong to the pack.” His father teaches him to hunt elk, avoid skunks and porcupines, revere the life that gives them life, and “carry on”.  One day danger erupts and their pack is attacked by enemy wolves.  His home and family are lost.  Swift has hopes that once the danger is gone, he will come back to his home and find his family…..although truth begins to set in for him.  He realizes that he is going to have to make the biggest decision of his young wolf life.

Swift is now alone and starving.  He must make a choice: stay and try to survive a desperate life on the borders of his old hunting grounds, or strike out and find a new place to call home.  Along his journey, the young wolf encounters men with rifles, hunger, thirst, highways, wild horses, a cougar, and a forest fire.  Swift renames himself Wander as he reaches new mountains and finds a new home.

A Wolf Called Wander is based on the extraordinary true story of a wolf named OR-7 (and often called Journey)—a wild wolf who traveled a remarkable 1,000 miles across the Pacific Northwest.   You can find out more about him here at this website as well: http://or7expedition.org/


Available on Amazon – A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry

Wonder (Wonder #1) by R.J. Palacio


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This was our May pick for Book Club!  I had started to read this book, then realized that I had already read it before!  So, I decided to check out the movie to see how well it followed the story.  I highly recommend reading the book first before watching the movie as some things are a little different, but both were really great!

Wonder is the story of a young boy named August Pullman  or “Auggie” for short.  He was born with a facial difference, keeping him from attending public school and his mom homeschooling him, until now.   Auggie is about to enter the 5th grade at a public school.   He just wants to be an ordinary kid!  As his classmates and friends get past his differences, all the characters seem to grow in their own way, especially Auggie!

His story will bring tears to your eyes and in the end, triumph in your heart.  A great book for kids and adults alike.

Available on Amazon – Wonder (Wonder #1) by R.J. Palacio


Wolf at the Door by Barbara Corcoran


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I picked this book up at our library’s used book sale, it’s a children’s/juvenile which I love to read every once in awhile!

I love books about wildlife and wolves in particular.  This story is about a young girl who has to move into a secluded house with her family when her dad gets a new job.  She’s reluctant at first, but on the way to the new house she spots a small sign that says Zoo and begs her mom to stop.  They happen upon a dilapidated house and animals that are half starved in cages, including a young wolf.   Her mother promises they will be returning in a week.

When that day came, her mother decides that they are going to take the wolf home with them to save it from it’s current demise.  They also open the cages of some rabbits to set free.  Soon the young girl gets a random phone call and in the blink of eye, she now is caring for a whole pack of wolves.  These wolves are now becoming a controversy to local farmers and others, it becomes the young girls goal to keep these wolves protected at all costs.

A great story for young readers!

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls


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I had planned for the weekend to do a lot of relaxing, which includes READING!  I picked up this classic at the library, thinking it would be fun to read a book that I read when I was younger but somewhat forgot the premise of what happens in the book…I’m glad I did!

I’m a huge dog lover, so I know that when I pick up a dog related book that I’m either going to tear up because it gets sad or tear up because there’s unrelenting compassion for the animals.  This one had me at both!  Take some time this summer and pick up an old classic, they are usually quick reads, but they remind us of many memories and qualities that we had hoped for ourselves when we read these books when we were young!

Where the Red Fern Grows is a story about a boy named Billy who dreams about owning his own hound dogs.  His family doesn’t have a lot of money, so no matter how hard he tries to convince his parents to buy him the dogs, it’s just not possible.  Billy comes up with his own plan and after two whole years of working and saving his money, he finally has enough to buy his dogs he’s always wanted.  It doesn’t matter that times are tough; together they’ll roam the hills of the Ozarks.

Soon Billy and his dogs become the finest hunting team in the valley. Stories of their great achievements spread throughout the region, and the combination of the two dogs and Billy’s enthusiasm is unbeatable.  Tragedy strikes and Billy learns that you can still find hope in troubling times.  Billy’s love for his dogs is unbreakable in this story, a highly recommended read for EVERYONE!


My two hounds and I reading “Where the Red Fern Grows”

Fur, Feather, Fin—All of Us Are Kin by Diane Lang, Stephanie Laberis (Illustrations)


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This is a GORGEOUS children’s book!  The story takes us on a journey though the animal kingdom from mammals all the way down to millipedes, teaching with beautiful illustrations about how all creatures are connected!

I loved how the story had a rhyming direction as you follow along and look at all of the creatures with fur, feathers and fins and how they are all connect in some way.  There is so much diversity in the animal kingdom and I feel this book explores and demonstrates this in a fun way with the pictures that are eye catching and colorful.  I highly recommend adding this book to your collections, no matter your age!

Find me on Instagram to see a video of the embossed cover art @asimpletasteforreading, it’s amazing!


Tess of the Road (Tess of the Road #1) by Rachel Hartman


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This book was written by the author of the popular story “Seraphina”, which I have not read yet but after reading this book I think I’d like to!

I might say that if I had read “Seraphina” before this, I probably would of had a better grasp behind Seraphina’s character although I really, really, really liked her step sister Tess!  This story is set in the medieval times in a Kingdom where ladies are meant to be ladies and men are the strong protectors….but when you throw dragon’s into the mix, well….they can do whatever they please.

Main character Tess is a strong willed gal who can also be a bit of a troublemaker.  Tess also has another sister, who is about to be married while her family wants to send Tess to a nunnery.  She knows that if she doesn’t leave while the tide is low, she’s never going to be truly ‘free’.  The only thing Tess can think of is to set out on her own….alone and pretending to be a boy.

Tess isn’t really sure where she plans to go, so when she runs into an old friend, luck seems to be on her side.  Her friend is a quigutl, which you will learn a little bit about – its a subspecies of dragon – who gives her protection and company while she’s on the road.  Little does her friend know, Tess is hiding a secret, one to her past that she’s tried years to forget is now threatening to expose her.

The story was a little hard to get into right at the start, but once it got rolling it was good!  I think that I would have been able to understand the terminology a little bit better if I had read the “Seraphina” books prior to this, but it’s not necessary I would say.  The cover art is amazing, story line was well written and I really enjoyed the characters. I look forward to reading more from this author, especially her popular series “Seraphina”.

Rhyme Crime by Jon Burgerman

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Rhyme Crime is a fun new children’s book that will have everyone laughing!  The key to the story is the rhyming wordplay along with the bright colored creatures who are the victims of a rhyming criminal on the loose!

The thief is stealing things and replacing them with a rhyming object such as Marlow’s happy smile is replaced with a…..crocodile!  I read this book to my story time kids at the library where I volunteer.  The kids were getting so good at guessing what the thief was going to do next!  By the end of the book they were all coming up with other words that rhymed together.

A very fun interactive book, will you be able to guess the thief’s next move?  Grab this book for a rhyming twist of laughter and silliness especially when the thief tries to steal an orange…what rhymes with orange?!

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