Painful-to-read book is very sad, everyone dies.
This book in told from a dog’s perspective, though in third person. Tons of dogs die, everyone except the main character, named Buck. It is very sad as sled dogs get mauled, fall through ice and drown, and get whipped by horrible people. There is a dog named Curly as the beginning, who seems to only exist to get mauled by other dogs. The reason I read this book is because I was assigned in six grade, and it is way too violent for sixth grade. This book takes place in an Arctic setting, where Buck and a lot of other dogs are sled dogs. Plenty of humans die, by falling through ice (though no one feels bad for the three humans who do) or getting killed by native Americans. I can’t see any lesson in this book, though it is considered “great literature” for some reason. This book has a high reading level. The only reason I gave this two stars and not one is that Buck is likeable, even if he kills another dog. Reading this book was very painful. Common Sense Media should’ve given this book at least a four in “Violence”. Teachers, don’t assign, unless your students are very mature and at least fifteen years old. You might be able to find something in it. Just don't assign it to your sixth-grade, eleven-year-old class like my teacher did.