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Join the adventures of the famous wolf OR-7, also known as Journey, as he trots across the landscape of the Pacific Northwest into territories that have not seen his kind for nearly a century. Follow this remarkable animal as he searches for, and finally finds, what he was seeking during his three-year, 4,000-mile trek. Along the way, you'll discover fascinating facts about wolves and meet the humans that had a role in Journey's quest. Enjoy the many photographs, maps, and sketches that help tell the tale of this courageous wolf. Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf that Made History was created for middle-grade readers but will be appreciated by everyone with an interest in wolves and a desire to better understand these complex and essential canines.
The book is accompanied by a free online Teacher’s Guide that may be of particular interest to educators and librarians.
Beckie Elgin grew up in a zoo her father directed in Iowa, where she helped care for all kinds of animals, including wolves. Since then, she has raised a family and earned degrees in Environmental Studies, Nursing, English, and an MFA in Creative Writing. She writes fiction and nonfiction and has been published in Earth Island Journal, The Oregonian, The Tusculum Review, Litro, Horses in Art, The Bark, and others. Beckie enjoys searching for wolf tracks and listening for howls in the mountains near her Southern Oregon home.
"In writing Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf that Made History, Beckie Elgin accomplished something spectacular. She created the best record I have ever read of this important wolf's life, journey, and impact. OR-7 could not have a better biographer or advocate. Beckie had the good fortune of growing up with wolves. Her knowledge about and love for these essential predators graces every page. I especially like that she wrote this story using two voices. One is that of an accomplished nature writer who knows her subject intimately. The other voice is that of OR-7. We can enjoy the journey from his point of view, because of what Beckie calls her well-informed imagination. And then she added artwork – colorful photos, drawings, and maps – that enhances the story even further. Beckie created a book that pleases the eye, the mind, and the heart. Beckie wrote Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf that Made History for young people. But after reveling in this book, I'm convinced it should be in the library of every person – young or old – who cares about wolves and their precarious place on this planet."
– Rick Lamplugh, author of In the Temple of Wolves: A Winter's Immersion in Wild Yellowstone and Deep into Yellowstone: A Year's Immersion in Grandeur and Controversy