The Call of the Wild

Book review by Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Thrilling, violent tale of dog's survival in 1890s Alaska.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 61 reviews

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age 18+

Makes Abusing Animals Seem Normal

Terrible story about animal abuse and killing that I will never condone, no matter how much people try to pass it off as "classic". In what way is this good? It's disgusting.

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Too much violence
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age 12+


As a teacher, I have taught this novel for several years. It's an excellent way to teach about survival, and humanity. It's also a good tool to teach about the negatives of violence, racism, and sexism, as many of these topics were viewed very differently back in the late 1800's to early 1900's. I am disappointed that Common Sense Media doesn't mention that the word ni**er is used when referring to a plant in the region, and one of John Thronton's dog's name is Nig, who happens to be a black dog. Also, calling two characters "half-breeds" is racist by today's standards. This should all be accounted for in the review.
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