The Call of the Wild by Jack London, although an old book, is a great story for those with a thirst for adventure and an interest in nature. Buck, just a regular pet dog with an owner he loves, is forced into an adventure after being sold and turned into a sled dog. He journeys to the Yukon where he encounters a plethora of different dogs, people, and wildlife on his escapades, ultimately realizing his belonging with the wolves due to his yearning call of the wild. Throughout this story Buck feels a power within him, a hunger to be free, eventually indulged with his escape from humanity.
This is a good book for high school students, as opposed to younger children who may not fully appreciate the imagery of the book, who appreciate nature and are looking for a not so lengthy read, as this book is only about one hundred pages. I recommend reading this book during the winter, preferably when there is snow outside, to get the full effect of the novel due to the relation with the setting and the setting of the reader’s life.
Being a classic, The Call of the Wild is free on iBooks, the iPhone/iPad application for books, so if it is unavailable at the library, anyone with an apple device is able to read it.
My only negative comment about this book is about the ending. The ending of this book was, in my opinion, very abrupt and I expected more of a story with Buck as the leader of a wolf pack rather than just ending the book there.
After reading The Call of the Wild, one should also read the reverse story of a wolf becoming a pet dog, White Fang, also by Jack London. Jack London, the author of these two books, was a social activist during his time. He became very famous due to his fiction, such as The Call of the Wild, writing much about the Klondike Gold Rush of the Yukon.
-Jackson, 11th Grader