Erik is preparing for his first-ever hunting trip when he learns that his parents are being deployed to Iraq. A few days later, Erik is shipped off to North Dakota to live with Big Darrell and Oma, grandparents he barely knows. When Erik rescues a dog that’s been stuck by a porcupine, Big Darrell says Erik can’t keep him. But Erik has already named her Quill and can’t bear to give her up. He decides to run away, taking the dog and a shotgun, certain that they can make it on their own out on the prairie.
In this story of adventure and survival, Erik learns about the challenges and satisfactions of living off the land, the power of family secrets, and the pain of losing what you love.
My kid loved it!
By Amy Meadows on Nov 19, 2011
I recently bought this book for my nephew. He had to choose a book from a list his teacher gave him and this was one that he thought looked interesting. He's not a very enthusiastic reader, but this book really caught his imagination and he read it quickly. His favorite part was telling everyone about the chapter he had just read. I recommend this for any boy who doesn't care for reading. It could change his mind. :)
By Melissa Sack on Feb 07, 2012
Erick life is on a down hill slide. His parents have just been deployed to Iraq. This means that he must move across the country to stay with his grandparents that he barely knows. When he gets there learns that his grandfather is an angry man. He is still dealing with the grief of losing his son in Iraq. Erik has had enough and decides to run away with a hunting dog that he has found. When the grandfather finds out that his grandson has run away it causes him to reevaluate his own life. He starts to make a change for the better. The novel moves at a fast pace. This book would be great for boys that are interested in wild life and survival stories.
IT WAS THE BEST BOOK I EVER READ
By Matthew on Sep 18, 2013
The next book I reed the author will be the same because this was the best book I ever read.
By Minecraft Rocks on Apr 23, 2014
I am interested in dog and survival books a lot I also love to hunt so if you are like me you should get this book.
By Suzi Scott on Mar 04, 2014
very good. I bought it for my granddaughter, but i loved it very good book for kids and gramma.... just fun
By K Kat on Feb 13, 2014
This is the best book of all times and it almost brought me to tears. I have always longed for a dog as quill and now know to cherish what you have because it does not always last forever
Best book ever!
By Matthew Harrison on Jan 30, 2014
This book is a really good book about a boy named Erik and a dog named Quill who run off and become one with the prairies of North Dakota.
By Michelle May on Jan 24, 2014
This a great book l would recommend it to Amy one that likes hunting and a little sadness. A great book over all.
By Sydney on Nov 27, 2013
I think this is the best book I have EVER read. I would recommend it to 4-6 grades. I would definitely read this again.
It must be good!!
By Wondering on Nov 18, 2013
My 9 year old son is begging me to stay up past his bed time so he can keep reading this book. That never happens! I came on here to see what others thought, now i know why he cant put it down :) I will have him write a review when he's done!
By Cc Thomas on Dec 16, 2012
A hunting book! Be still, my teaching heart! This is literally only the second hunting book I've ever found written for young people. How rare! And, how very delightful that is was also well-written! This is my favorite type of genre (adventure/survival) and even if you don't like hunting, there's still plenty enough for you to sink your teeth into. When both of Erik's parents are deployed to Iraq, he has little choice but to go and stay with his maternal grandparents, people he barely knows. Naturally, this means he's going to miss his friends and school but missing his first grown-up hunting trip is almost more than he can bear. Combine that with the pain of his parent's leaving and Erik is in true turmoil. To make the situation worse, his grandparents are strange and don't know quite what to make of a young boy. His grandfather, Big Darrell, almost seems to hate him. When Erik finds and rescues a hunting dog from a porcupine attack, he's sure that he's found a friend at last, until Big Darrell says, "No dogs!". Erik decides this is the last straw and heads out on his own. This book hasn't stayed on my shelf since I put it out at school--that's the true sign of a good read!
By Reviewed By Children on Feb 11, 2013
Your'e all packed and ready to go. You see some thing that you need to survive in the wild. In this book Erik has to go to his grandparents house for 6 months because his parents are being deployed as reservists in the Army. He thought it would be so boring,but he was wrong. Thanks to Quill, the dog he found, he has some fun for a change. But, his grandfather says Quill can stay one night only. Erik gets so mad that he packs food, fills a canteen, and packs a gun from his uncle Dan's room. He leaves a note saying that he is taking Quill on a walk, which is only half true. I like this book because the author is suspenseful and foreshadows. Another reason I like it is because the author's message is good and easy to find once you read the book. This book is a very good one to read. The details are so good I want to go back to read that part of the book again. I would recommend this book for people 8 and older because is has some violence. If you want a good survival book read Wild Life.
By Reviewed By Children on Aug 13, 2013
I normally don't like reading but Wild Life is one of my favorites I like the main character Erik because he isn't the perfect kid. He got sent to his grandparents house because his parents were called to Iraq with the Army. He didn't know them and they lived in North Dakota in a small town. All the buildings were abandoned and only a couple of people still lived there. He got curious and entered his dead uncle's room when his grandfather said not to. The grandfather Big Darrell was stern in the beginning because his son died and it left a hole in his heart. He was not wanting to get hurt again so he became hard and uncaring, but when Erik ran away he regretted being stern. When Erik returned after five days of living on the prairie Erik filled that hole and big Darrell treated his grandson Erik like his son. I would recomend this book to middle school kids who hate reading because it kept me on the edge of the air mattress.
Great for reluctant reader.
By Dd67 on Dec 24, 2012
This is the first book ever that my 11 year old picked out on his own, wanted to buy and read on his own. He actually asked for more books from the same author and sat with me while we picked them out on amazon. So We ordered two more of her books. The reading level was perfect for him. He is in 6th grade and reads at a 5th grade level. He would way rather be outside hunting and fishing, riding his bike and ripstick than reading, but this book sure did help. I hope the author reads these reviews, and can really understand how much I appreciate her gift of writting and sharing it with my son.