Firstborn (Tor Seidler)

firstborn

Why did you choose this book?

When I was a child, I was obsessed with books told from the perspective of animals, particularly those told by wolves and dogs.  I still have a copy of Child of the Wolves by Elizabeth Hall.

What’s it about?

The narrator of the entire book is a magpie named Maggie.  She discovers that the typical life of a magpie doesn’t appeal to her and falls in with a wolf after he saves her from a fox.  The wolf, Blue Boy, was taken from Canada as part of a project to reintroduce wolves to Yellowstone.  He escaped and is travelling back to Canada to try to save his mate and pups from the neighboring wolf pack in his home territory.  Maggie and Blue Boy stick together for the duration of the book, and the story follows their adventures, and those of the other members of their pack.

Categories?

Juvenile fiction (chapter books), animals, wolves

Other recommended reads?

Child of the Wolves by Elizabeth Hall or any book by David Clement-Davies (The Sight and Fell focus on wolves, Firebringer on deer)

Final thoughts?

I enjoyed the story, though I wonder if I would have enjoyed it more told by one of the wolves and thus more thoroughly incorporated into the pack structure.  Maggie is always a narrator outside the action and the way the other members of the pack think.  While I didn’t enjoy it as much as the readalikes I listed above, it was a good book and kept me entertained.

Up next?

The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

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