Author: Brian A. Connolly
ISBN 978-1-60264-029-0 (softcover)
ISBN 978-1-60264-030-6 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-1-60264-832-6 (eBook)
An old box truck transporting wolves for release in the Adiron-dacks crashes onto the ice covered Allegheny River. Some of the wolves do not survive; the rest escape.
Rumors of the pack's whereabouts reach Hawk, an old Susquehannock storyteller, who, along with his young friend Jimmy, undertake a journey through the Allegheny Plateau to locate the wolves. In four days time, they plan to meet up with Sherry, Jimmy's high school sweetheart. Each evening, at Jimmy's beckoning, Hawk tells a story: Wind Wolf's story, the story of his vision quest, the story of his lost wife and daughter, as well as others, which when woven together comprise the forces that forged his character.
Hawk and Jimmy meet Reba Snow, an irascible, large woman who lives alone in the woods in a school bus. Even though she prefers to shoot first and ask questions later, she does help the trackers find the wolves. Storm clouds gather on the horizon as evidence is uncovered that poachers are on the Plateau looking for black bears. Hawk and Jimmy fear that the poachers might discover the wolf pack and do them harm.
They never imagine the real tragedies they will find in the woods.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brian A. Connolly graduated from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania where he received the Finnegan Award for Poetry. He completed his graduate work at State University of New York at Oswego and Cortland, Elmira College, and UMass at North Adams. In addition to being a Project Adventure teacher, Mr. Connolly taught creative writing in NY public schools for twenty-eight years before moving to Bend, Oregon to write. He is the father of Nathan and Heather. Mr. Connolly spends three to four months each year writing in Yellowstone and observing wolves. "Bradley's Christmas Adventure," a children's book of his illustrated by Gina Diamanti, was published in 1989. "Wolf Journal," his first novel, was selected as a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.
Wolftagebuch, a German translation of "Wolf Journal," was published in 2004. A study guide for "Wolf Journal" created by Sue Knopp was published in 2005. His short stories and poems have appeared in many literary magazines from Maine to Washington. Mr. Connolly grew up in Port Allegany, Pennsylvania, the setting for Hawk.
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