Lone Wolves

Lone Wolves Deneena Yazzie s love of the woods and trail come from her grandfather who teaches her their all but vanished Native Alaskan language While her peers lose hope trapped between the old and the modern
  • Title: Lone Wolves
  • Author: John E. Smelcer
  • ISBN: 9781935248552
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lone Wolves
    Deneena Yazzie s love of the woods and trail come from her grandfather, who teaches her their all but vanished Native Alaskan language While her peers lose hope, trapped between the old and the modern cultures, and turn to destructive behaviors, Denny and her mysterious lead dog, a blue eyed wolf, train for the Great Race giving her town a new pride and hope.
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  • John E. Smelcer

    John E Smelcer is the poetry editor of Rosebud magazine and the author of than forty books He is an Alaskan Native of the Ahtna tribe, and is now the last tribal member who reads and writes in Ahtna.His forthcoming novel, LONE WOLVES is being partially funded via an Indiegogo campaign Check out this video and the unusual gifts offered Among them, you can choose an autographed, numbered, limited edition print of an award winning poem by the author, with original artwork you can have your name used for a character in the author s next book igg at Leapfrog Press x 399Smelcer s first novel, The Trap, was an American Library Association BBYA Top Ten Pick, a VOYA Top Shelf Selection, and a New York Public Library Notable Book The Great Death was short listed for the 2011 William Allen White Award, and nominated for the National Book Award, the BookTrust Prize England , and the American Library Association s Award for American Indian YA Literature His Alaska Native mythology books include The Raven and the Totem introduced by Joseph Campbell His short stories, poems, essays, and interviews have appeared in hundreds of magazines, and he is winner of the 2004 Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award and of the 2004 Western Writers of America Award for Poetry for his collection Without Reservation, which was nominated for a Pulitzer John divides his time between a cabin in Talkeetna, the climbing capitol of Alaska, where he wrote much of Lone Wolves, and Kirksville Mo where he is a visiting scholar in the Department of Communications Studies at Truman State University.Smelcer is a prolific writer and poet whose many works focus primarily on subjects related to his Native American heritage An Ahtna Athabaskan Indian, he also serves as executive director of the Ahtna tribe s Heritage Foundation He is, noted a biographer on the Center for the Art of Translation Web site, the only surviving reader, speaker, and writer of the native Ahtna language John holds degrees in anthropology and archaeology, linguistics, literature, and education He also holds a PhD in English and creative writing from Binghamton University, and formerly chaired the Alaska Native Studies program at the University of Alaska Anchorage In the Shadows of Mountains Ahtna Stories from the Copper River contains a collection of twenty four stories from the Ahtna tribe The stories consist of material by Ahtna elders and other tales told to Smelcer by his Ahtna relatives These largely mythical stories explore the processes that formed this world and created people, animals, places, and the distinctive interactions between humans and nonhumans in legendary times, noted James Ruppert in MELUS The tales range from stories common throughout Alaska, such as The Blind Man and the Lion, to distinctly Ahtna stories specific to individual families and clans, such as When They Killed the Monkey People Ruppert concluded that Smelcer s book has some value as a broad introduction to Ahtna narrative aimed at a general reader The Trap, Smelcer s first novel, is an unforgettable survival tale, with both a life and a culture in the balance, commented Vicky Smith in Horn Book Magazine Septuagenarian Albert Least Weasel still clings to the old ways he has known all his life While checking his traplines one cold winter day, Albert gets caught in one of his own wolf traps Unable to reach his store of supplies, Albert faces certain death by exposure, dehydration, or animal attack, unless he can free himself or is rescued At home, Albert s seventeen year old grandson Johnny becomes increasingly worried about his grandfather s welfare Despite his best efforts, he is unable to generate much concern for the old man from his uncles, and cultural pride and the unwillingness to disrespect his elders prevents him from setting out on a search until his grandmother asks him to find her husband By then, however,


  • Denny loves the traditional ways of her native Alaskan family, and has been learning the language from her grandfather, with whom she also shares a love of the outdoors and dog sled racing She is driven to do well in school, even though she sees that other students are giving in to the despair rampant in her community She and her grandfather have plans to enter a big race, but her plans are changed when a tragedy occurs Denny realizes that she needs to strike a balance between embracing traditio [...]

  • I thought this was an excellent book The main character is amazing, such an incredible heroine Humble and strong, loving and patient, hard working and enduring and struggling with so many real problems and obstacles I can t wait to recommend this book to my teenage sisters.

  • Deneena Yazzie, Denny to most, is a 16 year old native Alaskan Don t call her an Eskimo, she s an Indian Her closest friend is her grandfather, who has been teaching her their native language, seldom spoken by anyone other than the dwindling elders She spends most of her time, other than school where she doesn t fit in, mushing Eight dogs pull the wooden sled her grandfather hand built years ago, while he follows nearby on his snowmobile Her grandfather encourages Denny to compete in her first d [...]

  • All of the blurbs about this book are by adult writers of note, but this is intended as a kids book and as such is not terribly impressive.The language is awkward and amateurish and downright pedantic.The plot is pat.The glossary and other notes in the back are clearly aimed at much older readers.I fear that the glowing reviews of this book including the one I must have read in Kirkus are about the fact that the author is the last speaker of his native language and because he IS a Native Americ [...]

  • Not only is this one of the most gorgeous covers I have ever seen, but this is one of the greatest adventure books that I have ever read It is especially great for young women who mostly have to contend with the boys getting the adventure seat In essence of Call of the Wild, Balto, and White Fang Smelcer has designed a story that will remain close to my heart.The author, an Alaskan native himself, has caught the true spirit of the Alaskan Wilderness and the heart of her native people Not only th [...]

  • This is the compelling story of an Alaskan Native American Caucasian girl who lives in a small village with her mother, grandmother and grandfather, who teaches her how to mush As the only one in her village who is interested in the tribal language and social values, she becomes the repository of her culture, even though she is reviled by both Native Americans and Whites for being a cross breed The story leads her to a friendship with a black wolf and entry into the Great Race with her grandfath [...]

  • Sixteen year old Denny is proud of her Native Alaskan heritage She loves spending time with her grandfather who is only too happy to teach her the indigenous language and cultural traditions While her friends fall into drug and alcohol abuse, Denny is interested in dog sledding with her grandfather When he dies suddenly of a heart attack, Denny decides to enter in the Iditarod Trail sled dog race to make her grandfather proud.This story has a very dark backdrop There is the suicide of a cousin, [...]

  • A young adult novel about a Native Alaskan teenage girl who runs and completes the Iditarod, with a tamed wolf as her lead dog Although the book never calls the sport anything but the Great Race is this due to licensing of the Iditarod name Apparently the author is the last person to speak his Athabascan language and collect poetry stories of his tribe, so both are sprinkled liberally throughout the book, in a refreshingly educational manner My only objection to the work was a few errors that an [...]

  • Lone Wolves is similar to Jack London s Call of the Wild Although this story follows sixteen year old girl, Denny, who has a love for the wilderness passed down from her Gradfather Joseph Yazzie She is the only teenager her age who has learned their peoples language along with being a young dog sledding enthusiast There is a point where her hobby becomes a way of making money for her family Denny is met with opposition, but through courage and a little help from a new friend, she brings pride to [...]

  • I received a copy of this book through the First Reads Giveaways.I enjoyed this book It is set against a beautiful Alaskan snowy backdrop It was a lovely book, very well written, and yet, also heartbreakingly sad.I really fell in love with the protagonist I normally don t enjoy stories about teenagers, as the plots are usually superficial and trite, but in this case, her age did not detract from the story at all To be so young, she seemed to have experienced so much.Beautiful story by an incredi [...]

  • This book was so good and so sad Also beware of spoilers Really if I would say who recommeneded the book to me was me and probably the book Yes the book caught my eye and I wanted to read it badly It was really cool that she liked her language I was shocked nobody else wanted to learn the language My favorite part was probably when she gave up the race to save another player I was really proud and sad for her Well this book was good and it was sad that it had to come to a end just like every oth [...]

  • I read this book with my husky at my feet while wishing for it to be snowing I am sure I will read this book again come winter with a cup of coffee to ward away the delightful chill of winter I found this book to be well researched All the information on dog sledding, the native culture and geographic region was not only correct but integrated into the story Part of the books purpose was also a plot thread of the main character I enjoy this read.

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