Review—Meredith’s Wolf by Judith Barban, Thomas Max Publishing, 2014, 164 pages.
One morning, while her mother and stepfather were away, Meredith Marsten, sixteen years old, climbed into a small airplane and flew into the Canadian wilderness in search of Wolfie. Meredith had adopted Wolfie as a pet when he was a small, helpless pup. As he grew to maturity, she and her stepfather realized he needed to be with his own kind and released him into the wild.
From the opening lines to the final words, this short coming-of-age young adult novel holds the reader’s attention with excitement and suspense. The setting for the novel—the Canadian wilderness—sounded incredibly beautiful but seemed to be chockfull with many dangers as well.
My favorite characters were Meredith; Wolfie, also called Maengun; and Mark, the Ojibwe. I admired Meredith for her gutsiness and bravery in both raising a wolf pup to adulthood and then going after him. The sections of the novel told from Wolfie’s point of view are particularly poignant and educational. The introduction of Mark was a delightful surprise.
I don’t want to spoil the plotline or the ending, but I will say there are plenty of twists and turns, and lots of unexpected characters.
This book is a wonderful, exciting, suspenseful adventure, love story. I highly recommend it.