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 60 reviews

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age 17+

Call of The Wild Review *SPOILER*

Review By Sean Konrad Jack London's “The Call of the Wild” is about a journey of a half St. Bernerd half sheepdog named Buck. Being kidnapped from his home of comfort and luxury in California, Buck is sold and moved north illegally to Seattle. He is bought by two Canadian mailmen that need sled dogs to pull them through the winter north. During his stay with the two mailmen Francois and Perrault, Buck develops a rivalry with the lead sled dog Spitz. In Canada he encounters many changes and adventures. Buck ends up showing that he is a changed dog and has adapted to the life in the north when he kills the lead dog Spitz it a battle for who must lead the pack. London does a wonderful job of showing how Buck grows to become adapted to his new surroundings and his new way of life in the rough north. Through daring long journeys and different masters, Jack London shows how the wilderness can be cruel and an unpredictable place but Buck becomes one with the wild and begins to forget his mellow past. Buck was again traded to travelers but this time to very inexperienced sledders. Short while after Buck is Rescued by Thornton his last and most loved master. Buck experiences suffering, triumph, friendship, and love from both men and dogs throughout the book. I recommend this book to anyone who loves animals, the great outdoors, and just a spectacular and adventurous style of writing and it should be read by everyone!

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Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
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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.

This title has:

Too much violence
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