Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 6 - 12Y8.037058
The story opens with Buck, a large and powerful St. Bernard-Scotch Shepherd mix,[1][2] living happily in California's Santa Clara Valley as the pampered pet of rich Judge Miller and his family. However, assistant gardener Manuel, in need of money to finance his gambling addiction, steals Buck and sells him. Buck is shipped to Seattle. Put in a crate, he is starved and ill-treated. When released, he attacks his overseer, known only as of the "man in the red sweater" but this man teaches the "law of the club", hitting Buck until he is sufficiently cowed (but the man shows some kindness after Buck stops). Buck is then sold to a pair of French-Canadian dispatchers from the Canadian government, Fran├žois and Perrault, who take him with them to Alaska. There, they train him as a sled dog, and drive him through the Klondike region of Canada. From his teammates, he quickly learns to survive cold winter nights and the pack society. A rivalry develops between Buck and the vicious, quarrelsome lead dog, Spitz. Buck eventually beats Spitz in a fight and kills him, and then becomes the new leader of the team.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published on July 1, 1990 by Dover Publications
ISBN-10: 0486264726
ISBN-13: 9780486264721
16 Book Reviews
  • kimge
    kimgeThursday, November 21, 2019 at 12:00 am55 starsFeatured
    I think this is the first classic book that I actually ENJOYED. I read the "kids" version for a book report in 3rd grade and really enjoyed it. The "full" version is even better. I liked how Jack London showed what BUCK thought at the moment since many other books hide the feelings of a dog. Overall, very fun to read. I'd recommend for Grades 5+
    • potatoanna
      potatoannaTuesday, November 27, 2018 at 3:26 pm
      I think this book is my favorite one yet it has mystery and scary stuff.
      • boi frogThursday, May 17, 2018 at 4:56 am
        this is a very adventerous
        • directorjorddan
          directorjorddanThursday, May 11, 2017 at 7:34 pm55 stars
          It's really good I recommend it.
          • zenkiller
            zenkillerThursday, September 8, 2016 at 5:09 am
            I love this book. I read it more then 100 times
            • flash_kj
              flash_kjTuesday, July 5, 2016 at 3:24 pm
              I have read this book with my mom and we loved it. We have tried to watch the series on Animal Planet but we cant find it same as the movie.
              • sandy8
                sandy8Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 4:13 pm
                Made me cry when Curly was killed,made me laugh when Buck stole meat from Francois.
                • willbur
                  willburSunday, October 19, 2014 at 2:19 pm55 stars
                  they almost starve to death the man is nice to the dogs .it is pretty interesting that a dog and a wolf had a cub
                  • ajaz
                    ajazWednesday, July 2, 2014 at 5:08 pm
                    This book is so so so cool!!!!!!
                    • salman23
                      salman23Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 2:51 pm
                      It is very good