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. Illustrated throughout, 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 black-and-white illustrations throughout and a map as well as information about the real wolf who inspired the novel.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published on May 7, 2019 by Greenwillow Books
ISBN-10: 0062895931
ISBN-13: 9780062895936
4 Book Reviews
  • catcuteness
    catcutenessSunday, May 2, 2021 at 9:33 am33 stars
    I have only gotten a little bit into it (Chapeter rival) but so far it is really good!
    • wolfyclawwave
      wolfyclawwaveWednesday, April 14, 2021 at 3:12 pm
      I thought tis book was top of the best because it had detail and I had it at home so it was amazing to read it.
      • phantasticgus
        phantasticgusMonday, August 17, 2020 at 9:36 am44 stars
        “My pack is everything. They are my family.” Swift is a young wolf pup who has never seen the world beyond his pack’s borders. He is safe from all the dangers that lurk right outside their territory—other animals, wolf packs who are more powerful—and most importantly, men, the strange two-legged creatures who are never to be trusted. Ever since he was born, Swift has been warned about the evilness of men, and the terrible things they can do. But until now, he has never needed that knowledge. When a larger group of wolves invades Swift’s pack, he gets separated from them in a whirlwind of teeth and claws. Living without a pack, without other wolves to take care of him, is simply not living. It is just trying to survive in a cold, harsh world that will soon be taken over by men...so why live? But there is something inside Swift, a tiny ember of hope, that thinks there are more wolves around—and maybe they’re from his former pack. Then, he finds his younger brother Warm, and travels with him—until Warm is killed by men, with strange objects that shoot lightning. Swift is deeply saddened...and angry. He wants to get revenge for his brother’s death; but how can he fight men? It turns out he doesn’t have to—because soon, he will meet another wolf who can change his life. Can Swift survive? Only time will tell.
        • polaroid_wolf
          polaroid_wolfFriday, August 23, 2019 at 8:02 am55 stars
          It i such an amazing book that a love a lot and recommend it to any novelist.