Wild Life: Wild Read

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In Cynthia DeFelice’s book, Wild Life, twelve year old Erik Carlson learns that change is hard for everyone.

In Cynthia DeFelice’s book, Wild Life, twelve year old Erik Carlson learns that change is hard for everyone. For Erik, change comes as a surprise when his parents are both deployed to Iraq and he is forced to move in with his grandparents in North Dakota. Erik soon learns that an event from the past has deeply changed his grandfather, Big Darrell.

When Erik stumbles upon an injured dog, he cannot keep it because Big Darrell has a strict no dogs rule. Erik rebels by taking his dog and running away. With only a rifle, Erik has to manage to find enough food to feed both him and his companion. From his adventure, Erik learns that you cannot run away from the past. In the end, Big Darrell learns the same lesson.

Wild Life is a 2014 Colorado Children’s Book Award nominee and rightfully so. Readers feel like they are alongside Erik and his dog as they struggle to survive. The book keeps readers engaged and thrilled through every turn. The length of the book makes it perfect for young readers, but the adventures make it interesting for all ages. Wild Life is a must read for anyone who loves adventure.