Snow Dog

Our rating: ****

Link Stevens is a trapper in the Gander mountains. He comes to his small cabin every year with his five dogs. This year, his new dog Queen runs away to have her puppies. However, she and all but one puppy are killed by a ferocious black wolf. The one surviving puppy stays in the wilderness and grows up wild. Meanwhile, Link wonders what happened to his dog. Not until a year later does he find the puppy and name him Chiri. But Link wonders if Chiri will stay with him, or go back to the wild.

Hmm, what do you think? Snow Dog is quite predictable, but the story is exciting. Kjelgaard makes up for being predictable with a breathless, can’t-put-the-book-down-for-the-suspense type of ending. The sequel, Wild Trek, is better, but you’ll understand it more if you read Snow Dog first.

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