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Author: Rosanne Parry Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Greenwillow Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2019 ISBN: 9780062911452
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A New York Times bestseller

“Don’t miss this dazzling tour de force.”—Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal winning author of The One and Only Ivan

This gripping novel about survival and family is based on the real story of one wolf’s incredible journey to find a safe place to call home. This irresistible tale by award-winning author Rosanne Parry is for fans of Sara Pennypacker’s Pax and Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan.

Swift, a young wolf cub, lives with his pack in the mountains learning to hunt, competing with his brothers and sisters for hierarchy, and watching over a new litter of cubs. Then a rival pack attacks, and Swift and his family scatter.

Alone and scared, Swift must flee and find a new home. His journey takes him a remarkable one thousand miles across the Pacific Northwest. The trip is full of peril, and Swift encounters forest fires, hunters, highways, and hunger before he finds his new home.

Inspired by the extraordinary true story of a wolf named OR-7 (or Journey), this irresistible tale of survival invites readers to experience and imagine what it would be like to be one of the most misunderstood animals on earth. This gripping and appealing novel about family, courage, loyalty, and the natural world is for fans of Fred Gipson’s Old Yeller and Katherine Applegate’s Endling.

Includes information about the real wolf who inspired the novel.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Inspired by a true story, Rosanne Parry evokes the Pacific Northwest with lilting, sensory-driven ambient details… Parry’s choice to have Swift narrate his own perilous journey brings an on-the-ground intimacy to the story…Parry has written about being far from home before…[and] it’s a terrain she captures expertly.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[A] page-turning narrative…Deserving of a place alongside Sheila Burnford’s The Incredible Journey, Jack London’s White Fang, and other classic animal adventure novels.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Narrator Kirby Heyborne enhances this beautiful story inspired by a real Oregon wolf…Heyborne skillfully alters his delivery of this first-person account…The best characterizations occur during a forest fire, when animals who are usually adversaries help each other escape. Wander’s loneliness and longing for a mate are realistic, while the story’s conclusion is believable and satisfying.”


  • “An action-packed novel perfect for reluctant readers as well as animal lovers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Wander’s first-person narration…lends a unique perspective and immediacy to the story…Others will be drawn to the fact that Wander’s story is based on an actual wolf who survived a journey of more than a thousand miles across the Pacific Northwest.”


  • “Rife with details of the myriad scents, sounds, tastes, touches, and sights in Swift/Wander’s primal existence…A sympathetic, compelling introduction to wolves from the perspective of one wolf and his memorable journey.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year 
  • Shortlisted for the 2020 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award

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About the Author

Rosanne Parry is the author of the novels Heart of a Shepherd and Last of the Name, as well as A Wolf Called Wander, which was named a Best Book of the Year by School Library Journal and was shortlisted for the 2020 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award. She lives with her family in an old farmhouse in Portland, Oregon, and writes in a tree house in her backyard. Heart of a Shepherd has been honored as a Washington Post‘s Best Kids’ Book of the Year, a Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of the Year, and a Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of the Year.

About the Narrator

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered over twenty Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.