Teens: Animal Stories

 

White Fang by Jack London

The story of a wolf-dog who endures great cruelty before he comes to know human kindness.

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

The adventures of an unusual dog, part St. Bernard, part Scotch shepherd, that is forcibly taken to the Klondike gold fields where he eventually becomes the leader of a wolf pack.

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen year old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship.

A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle (Austen Family Chronicles #3)

During the summer her grandfather is dying of leukemia and death seems all around, 15-year-old Vicky finds comfort with the pod of dolphins with which she has been doing research.

Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel

In 1973, when a renowned Canadian behavioral psychologist pursues his latest research project–an experiment to determine whether chimpanzees can acquire advanced language skills–he brings home a baby chimp named Zan and asks his thirteen-year-old son to treat Zan like a little brother.

The Georges and the Jewels by Jane Smiley

Seventh-grader Abby Lovitt grows up on her family’s California horse ranch in the 1960s, learning to train the horses her father sells and trying to reconcile her strict religious upbringing with her own ideas about life.

A Million Shades of Gray by  Cynthia Kadohata

In 1975 after American troops pull out of Vietnam, a thirteen-year-old boy and his beloved elephant escape into the jungle when the Viet Cong attack his village.

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

After his anger erupts into violence, Cole, in order to avoid going to prison, agrees to participate in a sentencing alternative based on the native American Circle Justice,  and he is sent to a remote Alaskan Island where an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life.

Wolves, Boys, & Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler

Two teenagers become close as the citizens of their town fight over the packs of wolves that have been reintroduced into the nearby Yellowstone National Park.

Bearstone by Will Hobbs

Fourteen-year-old Cloyd Atcitty has been skipping school for years. He’s run away from a group home for Native American boys, and is now being sent to work for Walter Landis, an old rancher on an isolated Colorado farm. In a cave above the ranch, Cloyd finds a turquoise carving of a bear. Knowing that his people, the Utes, have a special relationship with bears, he keeps the small stone, hoping it will bring him strength.  Among the high peaks that harbor Colorado’s last grizzlies, Cloyd’s courage and loyalty will be tested to the limit.

Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata

A young soldier in Vietnam bonds with his bomb-sniffing dog.

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