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As far back as Callum can really remember, he's been living in the Wild as the furless mascot of a wolf pack. But when his pack sends him back to live with his own kind--humans--fitting in is quite a challenge. He doesn't remember English very well, so he accidentally says his name is Clam. He's spent most of his life eating fresh-killed elk, so dining with vegetarians is As far back as Callum can really remember, he's been living in the Wild as the furless mascot of a wolf pack. But when his pack sends him back to live with his own kind--humans--fitting in is quite a challenge. He doesn't remember English very well, so he accidentally says his name is Clam. He's spent most of his life eating fresh-killed elk, so dining with vegetarians is tricky. And when he tries to impress the Alpha student in the school cafeteria by stealing food, people seem offended! A mix of wildness and humor, Timothy Power's inventive writing makes him a debut author to watch. And Callum's quest to find his place in a strange world will have readers rooting for him--when they're not howling with laughter.


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As far back as Callum can really remember, he's been living in the Wild as the furless mascot of a wolf pack. But when his pack sends him back to live with his own kind--humans--fitting in is quite a challenge. He doesn't remember English very well, so he accidentally says his name is Clam. He's spent most of his life eating fresh-killed elk, so dining with vegetarians is As far back as Callum can really remember, he's been living in the Wild as the furless mascot of a wolf pack. But when his pack sends him back to live with his own kind--humans--fitting in is quite a challenge. He doesn't remember English very well, so he accidentally says his name is Clam. He's spent most of his life eating fresh-killed elk, so dining with vegetarians is tricky. And when he tries to impress the Alpha student in the school cafeteria by stealing food, people seem offended! A mix of wildness and humor, Timothy Power's inventive writing makes him a debut author to watch. And Callum's quest to find his place in a strange world will have readers rooting for him--when they're not howling with laughter.

30 review for The Boy Who Howled

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Wow. How original, and creative. The closest previous works I can think of are Mowgli, of course, and some science fiction. But this is very much its own smart, funny, adventurous, wonderful story. I don't like the blue cover, but prefer the b&w that I read, as it gives, imo, just a hint of metaphysical gravitas, which the story deserves. It's not perfect, and in fact, during the first third I had trouble becoming engaged, but I'm giving it the full five stars because it so totally deserves a pl Wow. How original, and creative. The closest previous works I can think of are Mowgli, of course, and some science fiction. But this is very much its own smart, funny, adventurous, wonderful story. I don't like the blue cover, but prefer the b&w that I read, as it gives, imo, just a hint of metaphysical gravitas, which the story deserves. It's not perfect, and in fact, during the first third I had trouble becoming engaged, but I'm giving it the full five stars because it so totally deserves a place on the MG shelves compared to all the other same-old same-old stuff currently there. And there are nods to the adult readers here, too, references that kids won't necessarily get. And it's worth a reread (which is a star right there). I'm thinking it's good for anyone who likes MG fiction, whether they prefer fantasy, or adventure, or realistic school & family stories. Probably especially good for fans of Gordon Korman.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids

    The Boy Who Howled is a fabulous middle grade debut book by Timothy Power. It's one that will encourage young reader, especially boys, as the main character's voice is one boys can relate to. Callum has been living with a pack of wolves in the woods for a few years now. When he was younger he ventured off from his family and became lost, only to be taking in by the wolf family. One of the humorous things about the book is Callum's interaction with the wolves and his ability to understand what th The Boy Who Howled is a fabulous middle grade debut book by Timothy Power. It's one that will encourage young reader, especially boys, as the main character's voice is one boys can relate to. Callum has been living with a pack of wolves in the woods for a few years now. When he was younger he ventured off from his family and became lost, only to be taking in by the wolf family. One of the humorous things about the book is Callum's interaction with the wolves and his ability to understand what they're saying. Callum has grown a lot and to keep the Alpha from killing him, as he seems him as a threat now, Callum is returned to live in the human world. This too turns out to be a humorous adventure for Callum, as he's wild, but trying to be more civilized. Callum is a fabulous character. I couldn't help but laugh out loud at some of his predicaments he finds himself in. Don't worry, this story has a happy ending. Timothy's writing is enjoyable, as it's both witty and fun, making it an engaging read for middle grade/tween readers. I highly recommend picking this book up. It's one I'm looking forward to having my son read when he's a little older.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katieb (MundieMoms)

    The Boy Who Howled is a fabulous middle grade debut book by Timothy Power. It's one that will encourage young reader, especially boys, as the main character's voice is one boys can relate to. Callum has been living with a pack of wolves in the woods for a few years now. When he was younger he ventured off from his family and became lost, only to be taking in by the wolf family. One of the humorous things about the book is Callum's interaction with the wolves and his ability to understand what th The Boy Who Howled is a fabulous middle grade debut book by Timothy Power. It's one that will encourage young reader, especially boys, as the main character's voice is one boys can relate to. Callum has been living with a pack of wolves in the woods for a few years now. When he was younger he ventured off from his family and became lost, only to be taking in by the wolf family. One of the humorous things about the book is Callum's interaction with the wolves and his ability to understand what they're saying. Callum has grown a lot and to keep the Alpha from killing him, as he seems him as a threat now, Callum is returned to live in the human world. This too turns out to be a humorous adventure for Callum, as he's wild, but trying to be more civilized. Callum is a fabulous character. I couldn't help but laugh out loud at some of his predicaments he finds himself in. Don't worry, this story has a happy ending. Timothy's writing is enjoyable, as it's both witty and fun, making it an engaging read for middle grade/tween readers. I highly recommend picking this book up. It's one I'm looking forward to having my son read when he's a little older.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Fast-paced with an off-the-cuff type of humor, I think kids will like this one. Callum has been raised from the age of 3 by wolves. When we meet him, his wolf mother has decided it is time for him to go back to civilization and what follows is his attempt to fit back into society after so many years away. Through a series of outstanding coincidences, he eventually is reunited with his family. Here's what I wrote for booktalks: " What if you were raised by wolves? How do you think you'd act you retu Fast-paced with an off-the-cuff type of humor, I think kids will like this one. Callum has been raised from the age of 3 by wolves. When we meet him, his wolf mother has decided it is time for him to go back to civilization and what follows is his attempt to fit back into society after so many years away. Through a series of outstanding coincidences, he eventually is reunited with his family. Here's what I wrote for booktalks: " What if you were raised by wolves? How do you think you'd act you returned to human society? Find out how one boy navigated the perils of returning to civilization after years spent in the Wild with only wolves (some of whom wanted to eat him!) as companions in "The Boy Who Howled" by Timothy Power."

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    Delightful! I rooted for the main character from page 1. The imagery created the woods and the train station and the school in my mind immediately. The secondary characters each had their own personality--I especially liked the similarities between the wolves and the humans. Highly recommended.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Mozer

    A great middle grade read about a boy who has been living in the woods and now must enter human society. Fun, witty, and enjoyable. I can't wait to pass it on to my 3rd grade students. A great middle grade read about a boy who has been living in the woods and now must enter human society. Fun, witty, and enjoyable. I can't wait to pass it on to my 3rd grade students.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    A wonderful children's book for any age. Very imaginitive and easy for young readers to follow along. A wonderful children's book for any age. Very imaginitive and easy for young readers to follow along.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brenna Updike

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I liked the beginning, but then once we got to the first time it was Lila's perspective it was really easy to tell the rest of the book. I like how instead of it all being about her finding her sister he had other experiences. I like how they added some heavy topics even though it's a kid's book. I think they could have elaborated on the issues more then what they did. Otherwise, I really liked this book! It kept me on the edge of my seat. Would I recommend this book to someone else? I honestly I liked the beginning, but then once we got to the first time it was Lila's perspective it was really easy to tell the rest of the book. I like how instead of it all being about her finding her sister he had other experiences. I like how they added some heavy topics even though it's a kid's book. I think they could have elaborated on the issues more then what they did. Otherwise, I really liked this book! It kept me on the edge of my seat. Would I recommend this book to someone else? I honestly didn't like this book that much. Sure I would read it again, but I don't think I would recommend this book to anyone older than 16 or anyone that doesn't like reading because they could easily tell the plot and leave the book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cyndy Aleo

    I'm always on the lookout for books with boy protagonists that my own middle grade boys will read, and when Sassa tore through Timothy Power's The Boy Who Howled without taking a break to go back to his Star Wars books, I figured I'd better see what had him so riveted. ::: The Plot ::: The Boy Who Howled is a middle-grade romp that appears to be based on the cliche "He'd have been better off being raised by wolves." Callum is, indeed, raised by wolves after his parents leave him behind on a ca I'm always on the lookout for books with boy protagonists that my own middle grade boys will read, and when Sassa tore through Timothy Power's The Boy Who Howled without taking a break to go back to his Star Wars books, I figured I'd better see what had him so riveted. ::: The Plot ::: The Boy Who Howled is a middle-grade romp that appears to be based on the cliche "He'd have been better off being raised by wolves." Callum is, indeed, raised by wolves after his parents leave him behind on a camping trip. Try as he might, however, he never quite fits in with the wolves, and his wolf mother determines it's time for him to leave the pack, sending Callum into the city to find his way in the human world. Callum gets into all sorts of adventures as he stumbles his way about, and like most middle-grade novels, reality is suspended for a while for him to have his fun. ::: This Isn't Tarzan ::: Power gives Callum an adorable personality, that has you rooting for him even when he does things that make you want to scream, like when he befriends a bully because he thinks the bully is the "alpha" of the pack. Callum is quick on his feet and agreeable with whatever the people he meet come up with. Parents will see his reunion with his birth family coming from a mile away, but for kids, the little bit of mystery keeps them reading, as I found with my older son, who loved seeing what Callum would get into next and how he'd end up in the end. The Boy Who Howled is a great read, especially if you are looking for books for this age group with boys as the main character.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    I liked this Junior Library Guild Selection and believe that Timothy Power’s debut piece of work will be the foundation of several good readings to come. This book is not a difficult read and is perfect for those juvenile chapter book readers that are strengthening their reading skills. This book is just right for my 10 year old son, who does not particularly like to read, but put a book of his liking in front of him and he will fly through it. I enjoyed the clever writing with the misunderstand I liked this Junior Library Guild Selection and believe that Timothy Power’s debut piece of work will be the foundation of several good readings to come. This book is not a difficult read and is perfect for those juvenile chapter book readers that are strengthening their reading skills. This book is just right for my 10 year old son, who does not particularly like to read, but put a book of his liking in front of him and he will fly through it. I enjoyed the clever writing with the misunderstanding and miscommunications that occurred when the main character is placed back into the human world after being with a wolf pack during several of his developmental years. I won this book through Goodreads first reads giveaway program. Whatt a great giveaway program. Thank you for placing this book in the giveaway program! I would not have selected it otherwise to read and am glad that it was made available to me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Arthur Pengerbil

    Reading Level: Grades 4 - 6 Callum's father keeps looking at him like he wants to eat him, literally eat him. This isn't all that odd, since his father is a wolf and Callum is a soft furless salty-tasting definitely not wolf pup. Unfortunately he is also approaching adolescence which means that he MIGHT want to make a challenge for the Alpha or Beta male position, so to protect him his mother brings him a school uniform and leaves him at the edge of the woods so that he can go live with his own k Reading Level: Grades 4 - 6 Callum's father keeps looking at him like he wants to eat him, literally eat him. This isn't all that odd, since his father is a wolf and Callum is a soft furless salty-tasting definitely not wolf pup. Unfortunately he is also approaching adolescence which means that he MIGHT want to make a challenge for the Alpha or Beta male position, so to protect him his mother brings him a school uniform and leaves him at the edge of the woods so that he can go live with his own kind. This fun book is full of misunderstandings and coincidences and will appeal to anyone who enjoys fantastic realism novels like Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. For more book reviews from the HPPL Youth Department, click here.

  12. 4 out of 5

    David

    Ugh. Total about-face on this one. Through the first half dozen chapters or so, I really liked it - it kept me very engaged. Then, it got old. Fast. The writing is awful in a variety of ways, e.g., the dialogue is off-kilter and it tries too hard to capture modern sensibilities. The humor is tired and/or just not funny, like Captain Underpants books. There seems to be no rhyme or reason regarding the boy's assimilation back into human society: some (often seemingly relatively difficult) things a Ugh. Total about-face on this one. Through the first half dozen chapters or so, I really liked it - it kept me very engaged. Then, it got old. Fast. The writing is awful in a variety of ways, e.g., the dialogue is off-kilter and it tries too hard to capture modern sensibilities. The humor is tired and/or just not funny, like Captain Underpants books. There seems to be no rhyme or reason regarding the boy's assimilation back into human society: some (often seemingly relatively difficult) things are figured out with no effort, while he stumbles over (often seemingly relatively easy) others. And, the violence throughout most of the book is jarring and often unnecessary.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Theo

    This was really good, although the ending was a little abrupt. My favorite part was while he was with the pack. It was really funny, specifically when they talked about bloody steamy guts, for some reason. Because it seemed so ordinary for them (the wolves). My least favorite part was that they forgot the baby on their camping trip. Who would forget a baby???? I didn't like Billy Bankson, but you weren't supposed to like him. This was really good, although the ending was a little abrupt. My favorite part was while he was with the pack. It was really funny, specifically when they talked about bloody steamy guts, for some reason. Because it seemed so ordinary for them (the wolves). My least favorite part was that they forgot the baby on their camping trip. Who would forget a baby???? I didn't like Billy Bankson, but you weren't supposed to like him.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This is very much a book for a Jr. High aged boy. It's a cute story with a few parts that even made me laugh. I especially liked the names of the three homeless men: Tom, Dick and Harry. While I feel that the family reunion scene was anticlimactic, the continuation of the story thereafter it nice. Overall, it is a very easy read and a great book for leaning about foreshadowing. I already have 3 young men in mind to whom I will be recommending this book. This is very much a book for a Jr. High aged boy. It's a cute story with a few parts that even made me laugh. I especially liked the names of the three homeless men: Tom, Dick and Harry. While I feel that the family reunion scene was anticlimactic, the continuation of the story thereafter it nice. Overall, it is a very easy read and a great book for leaning about foreshadowing. I already have 3 young men in mind to whom I will be recommending this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Brehl

    This one earns its fourth star for updating an old premise (lost boy adopted by a family of wolves) with remarkable scientific twists of pack behaviors, endangered species references, and disgustingly specific goriness in descriptions of life in a pack. The point-of-view of a very bright boy who has to figure things out back in the "human" world, from language to hygiene to social patterns is captured well, and enough humor ensues to compensate for what is overall a weak premise. This one earns its fourth star for updating an old premise (lost boy adopted by a family of wolves) with remarkable scientific twists of pack behaviors, endangered species references, and disgustingly specific goriness in descriptions of life in a pack. The point-of-view of a very bright boy who has to figure things out back in the "human" world, from language to hygiene to social patterns is captured well, and enough humor ensues to compensate for what is overall a weak premise.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aiyana

    This is one of those rare chapter books that genuinely sees things from a child's perspective. The author's style falls somewhere between Roald Dahl and Lemony Snickett-- clever, gory, funny, and outright ridiculous by turns. Older readers will also appreciate the wordplay and the absurdity of how the protagonist understands his world. This is one of those rare chapter books that genuinely sees things from a child's perspective. The author's style falls somewhere between Roald Dahl and Lemony Snickett-- clever, gory, funny, and outright ridiculous by turns. Older readers will also appreciate the wordplay and the absurdity of how the protagonist understands his world.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    A very cute book! If I had a little boy or girl maybe in the 4th-7th grade range (give or take), I'd highly recommend it. I throughly enjoyed the book myself. I bet you might even be able to get kids who don't like to read, read this book. Maybe a great addition to an elementary or middle school classroom for all of the teachers out there. A very cute book! If I had a little boy or girl maybe in the 4th-7th grade range (give or take), I'd highly recommend it. I throughly enjoyed the book myself. I bet you might even be able to get kids who don't like to read, read this book. Maybe a great addition to an elementary or middle school classroom for all of the teachers out there.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    This is a clever and imaginative story about a boy who is raised by wolves from toddlerhood and his adventures adjusting to living with humans again. I highly recommend this story to young and old alike.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Miller

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. From my eight-year-old son: I recommend this book to all my friends and family. Callum is a very nice loving boy who doesn't speak very good english. My favorite part is when Callum finds his family. Kids should read this book. Sometimes times it made me laugh and sometimes it was sad. From my eight-year-old son: I recommend this book to all my friends and family. Callum is a very nice loving boy who doesn't speak very good english. My favorite part is when Callum finds his family. Kids should read this book. Sometimes times it made me laugh and sometimes it was sad.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    My 6 year old daughter love, love, loves this book. She is now a wild thing, who goes scrabbling around the house on four "legs" and making fierce faces. She just wishes that the author had written more books. Her mommy found it amusing too, though she remains consistently on two legs. My 6 year old daughter love, love, loves this book. She is now a wild thing, who goes scrabbling around the house on four "legs" and making fierce faces. She just wishes that the author had written more books. Her mommy found it amusing too, though she remains consistently on two legs.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    I think that it was a fabulous story about a boy raised by wolfs and then have to fend for himself in the city

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    The boys and I read this one. The writing was entertaining. It was a slow start.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    Very clever story of family and finding where you belong.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Moriah

    I'm giving it four stars because I really liked the first couple of wolfy chapters. I'll probably wait to read it to Seth since I think he'll get it more when he's a bit older. I'm giving it four stars because I really liked the first couple of wolfy chapters. I'll probably wait to read it to Seth since I think he'll get it more when he's a bit older.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cole

    it was dull in the beginning of the book but got better and better

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carterkempgmail.Com

    I really liked this odd and unique book at first, but the last 60 pages or so were a letdown. Still, till then the ending I was charmed.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Next read-aloud-with-son book?

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    I won this through good reads! Looking forward to reading this to my grandsons when I receive it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Isabella R

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Saunders

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