Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf that Made History
by Beckie Elgin
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 long trek.
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. Read reviews of Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf that Made History.
See inside the front cover and explore the story at Journey.OR7.com A free, online Teacher’s Guide is now available. This guide includes Next Generation Science Standards Correlations for grades three through eight!
School visits are available, both in-person and on Skype. These 45-minute sessions are multifaceted, speaking of the travels of the famous wolf, as well as the history of wolves in our country. Wolf behavior, hunting habits, and family life are topics discussed. Nonlethal measures to prevent problems between wolves and livestock are also reviewed. A brief writing exercise helps students integrate their learning and express their own thoughts about wolves. Elgin encourages involvement from the students in a question and answer session. Kids love to talk about wolves and they enjoy hearing about the writing process as well. Per teacher’s request, the visit can focus on specific elements of the life of the wolf. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for school visit fees and to schedule.
Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf that Made History has been shortlisted for the 2017 Green Earth Book Award!
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READINGS & EVENTS
March 16, 2017: Bloomsbury Books, Ashland, OR. Book reading, 7-8pm.
April 3, 2017: Annie Bloom’s Books, Portland, OR. Book reading, 7-8pm.
April 19, 2017: Educational wolf event with the Siskiyou Environmental Education Center, Rogue River Room, SOU, Ashland, OR. Book reading. 5.30-7.30pm.
July 6, 2017: Roundabout Books, Bend, OR. Book reading, 6-7 pm.
July 27 – 29, 2017: Speak for Wolves, West Yellowstone, MT. Book reading.
August 12, 2017: Seaside Library, Seaside, OR. Book reading, 1-2pm
October 14, 2017: Oregon Science Teacher’s Association Fall Conference, Portland, OR. PCC Sylvania Campus. 8 am to 5 pm.
October 21, 2017: Wolf Awareness Day at the Oregon Zoo, Portland, OR. 11 am to 4 pm.
October 23, 2017: Presentation at the Century Club for Women, Portland, Oregon. (private event)
“Beckie writes with a contagious passion that appeals to the young in all of us. A factual, naturalist style that only comes from having lived it…with the wolves! She is truly helping us all better understand and appreciate wildlife and the natural world and most importantly, how all the parts fit together into one complete story.”
– Joe Kreuzman, wildlife tracker and co-founder and director of Coyote Trails School of Nature.
“Journey’s story is one of redemption – for us and for wolves. Beckie Elgin has done a wonderful job telling the story and helping us better understand wolves. That’s important if we’re to avoid repeating past mistakes. No matter your age, you’ll enjoy this book immensely – and likely learn something along the way. I sure did!”
– Rob Klavins, Northeast Oregon Field Coordinator for Oregon Wild.
“Young readers will fall in love with Elgin’s animal-eye view of Journey, a wolf whose wanderlust carriers him across western landscapes and into human hearts. Journey teaches us about predators and their prey — and the curiosity streak and survival drive we all share.”
– DeLene Beeland, author of The Secret World of Red Wolves.