Book Release! Journey: The Amazing Story Of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf that Made History

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I’m beyond excited to announce the official release of my book, Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf that Made History!

Most of you know the story of this famous wolf. Journey left his homeland in northeast Oregon in the fall of 2011. He traveled south, becoming the first wild wolf in western Oregon for over sixty years. Journey then headed into California where he made headline news as the first Canis lupus to enter the Golden State for nearly a century. By now a household name, Journey returned to southern Oregon where he met up with a black female wolf. Since then they’ve produced three litters of pups.

I felt compelled to write about this tenacious and important canine. He inspired me, as he did so many others. I decided to create a book for a middle-grade audience, but one that would also appeal to readers of all ages. This allowed me some freedom in the writing style and also enabled me to write a book that would be educational for young people. This summer I found a terrific publisher, Inkwater Press in Portland. The people at Inkwater are dedicated to the environment and are especially fond of wolves. They took Journey under their wings and did a beautiful job editing and designing the book. They will continue to help the cause by promoting the book and organizing readings and other events.

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Sketch by sculptor George Bumann. His work and those of others are featured in the book

The book tells the story of Journey through his eyes as well as through the people who studied him, saw him, and campaigned for his safety. Readers will learn about the history of wolves in our country, the Yellowstone and Idaho reintroduction, and the role of wolves in the environment. There are many photos, sketches and maps. A bibliography, index and  detailed source notes are included. My hope is that you will find this a well-balanced book, with up-to-date factual information, evocative illustrations, as well as a compelling story.

Journey is available through Inkwater, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Powell’s. If you would like an autographed copy please contact me through my blog and I’ll be glad to send one off you to. Amazon is still showing the book as “temporarily out of stock” but it is not taking long for them to ship the book out. Amazon reviews are really helpful if you have a moment to write one! A hardcover book will be available soon, and in January a Kindle version will be out. I’m working on a teacher’s guide as well.

The goal of this project is to first of all to help increase understanding of wolves and the need to protect them, but I also see if as a gift to all of you, a tremendous thank you for caring about these animals and for speaking up for them. Through the years I’ve been interacting with “wolf people” I’ve come to respect and admire their tenacity and devotion. Along this vein, a portion of the proceedings of Journey will go to Oregon Wild, a non-profit that does so much to help wolves.

Thank you, and I hope you enjoy the book. Please let me know!

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Me with Akela, a wolf at the zoo my father directed in Iowa

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3 thoughts on “Book Release! Journey: The Amazing Story Of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf that Made History

  1. It looks like Akela was a siberian black wolf, due to his long body. I also have one, his name is Koda, and he is 7 years old. They (wolves) truly are magnificent creatures. He is the 5th wolf I have had the pleasure of growing up with. They are absolutely wonderful with the elderly, and children.

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