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About The Book
Hunting—the predator and its prey—is at the heart of this riveting and suspenseful novel from Newbery Medalist Avi with illustrations from Caldecott Medalist Brian Floca.
In the computer game world of Bow Hunter—thirteen-year-old Casey’s world—there are no deaths, just kills. In Nashoba’s world—the wolf world—there have been no kills. For this is March, the Starving Time in the Iron Mountain region of Colorado, when wolves and ravens alike are desperate for food.
With the help of a raven, the miraculous Merla, Nashoba must lead his pack of eight to their next meal. The wolf hates being dependent on a mere bird, but Merla is a bird wise beyond her years.
When Casey’s path crosses Nashoba’s, the worlds of two very different hunters collide.
IT WAS THE STARVING TIME.
Not the end of winter. Not the start of spring. Not cold. Not hot. Daylight and nightdark were almost equal. Mud lay here and snow lay there. It was as if Earth herself could not decide between life and death.
About The Illustrator
Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of the acclaimed picture books Locomotive, winner of the Caldecott Medal and a New York Times bestseller; Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11; and Lightship, each a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book. He is the illustrator of numerous additional books, including Avi’s Poppy series. You can visit him online at BrianFloca.com.
- Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books (August 4, 2015)
- Length: 160 pages
- ISBN13: 9781442499218
- Grades: 3 - 7
- Ages: 8 - 12
- Lexile ® 630L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®
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Raves and Reviews
"...a fine tale that will benefit from being sifted for all its meanings." -Kirkus Reviews
"Fast paced and exciting, this accessible novel will appeal to those who enjoy adventure stories." - School Library Journal
"...this is likely to appeal to fans of Gary Paulsen and Will Hobbs." -Booklist
perspective between Nashoba and Casey, building the tension and raising a multitude
of questions in this thought-provoking allegory. Should the head of the food
chain kill for sport? And, is that killing really sport? Naturalistic black-and-white
pencil illustrations by Floca (who also illustrated Avi’s Poppy books) enhance the
classic-feeling tale." -Horn Book Magazine
Awards and Honors
- Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List
- Kansas NEA Reading Circle List Intermediate Title
- Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title
- Green Earth Book Award Shortlist
- Wisconsin State Reading Association's Reading List
- Keystone to Reading Secondary Reading List (PA)
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High Resolution Images
Book Cover Image (jpg): Old Wolf
Author Photo (jpg): Avi
Photograph by Katherine Warde(0.1 MB)
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More books from this illustrator: Brian Floca
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