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Boy Who Howled, The [Hardcover]

Timothy Power
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Book Description

Nov. 2 2010
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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TIMOTHY POWER holds an art degree from the California Institute of the Arts and has worked as a prop designer for Nickelodeon and other cartoon studios. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California, where he is a substitute teacher.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very fun read Nov. 9 2010
Disclaimer: I know this author and actually read his book in preparation for an interview, but I would have written this same note if he were a complete stranger.

I wish my kids were younger. This would have been a great book to read aloud to them, so that we might have giggled together. The book is generously laced with quirky characters, gentle satire, and running jokes that remind me of Roald Dahl.

I'm sure it will be the first in a distinguished career for Timothy Power.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Addition to My Classroom! Jan. 14 2011
By Ms. Vega - Published on
We sneak-peeked "The Boy Who Howled" on Amazon. I projected the book's beginning on the board. Right from the start, this novel captured my sixth graders' attention. When the excerpt ended, a loud united, "NOOOOOOOOO!" filled the room. They were hooked. I decided (had no choice!) to purchase a class set. When the novels arrived, it became clear that they would remain excited and captivated throughout the entire book. I knew my students would connect to and enjoy the humorous dialog, engaging imagery, and imaginative adventures of Callum the "salty lollipop." And this expectation was beyond realized. The characterization was fantastical, fun, strange, yet relatable. My students cared about Callum and both his families. They expressed anticipation for the ironic meeting between the extreme carnivore and his strict vegan twin sister. The chapters transition beautifully by means of setting and point of view, and the plot consistently intriguing and "just right" to follow. Connections sparked all over our classroom as my students noticed Mr. Power's accurate incorporation of wolf facts. (We studied, and continue to research endangered species.) They noted brilliant precise word choices that at times challenged my strategic and /or ELL readers who worked diligently and eagerly to accurately comprehend the text. Most questions generated from the text were surprisingly deep and "higher-level." Overall the vocabulary tied-in nicely with our classroom curriculum and goals to build this skill. As aspiring young writers, they savored and collected the literary devices that always fit the bill. All the while appreciating how the author cleverly weaved devices and the right amount of details. These they learned, and now witnessed firsthand, are vital tools for excellent, clear writing. They pointed out the subtle use of foreshadow and naturally noticed the intelligent humor (evidenced by their laughter). But the biggest and most priceless outcome from reading this new and fresh novel: three reluctant readers who swore their allegiance against fiction, found themselves hooked. They devoured the pages, loved the ending, and now want to know when Timothy Power will pen his next book.
~ Patricia Vega Sixth Grade Literature, Language Arts, Strategic Reading, ELL Teacher
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book for anyone! April 17 2011
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I think The Boy Who Howled is a great book. On every page it is exciting, hilarious, or both. Just about anyone that can read will love this book.
-- Dodge, age 8
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zany and Smart Nov. 18 2010
By Clovia - Published on
The humor in this book is smart; lots of laugh-out-loud bits for kids, and also gifts for parents involved enough to read it beforehand, or with, their child. This is the kind of book you love as a kid, then smile at and pick up for nostalgia's sake when you're thirty, only to find yourself chuckling at different parts.

The side characters are a hoot, and so vividly drawn you automatically picture how they'd look in a movie. Also, if you're a parent who does voices, Power really gives you a lot to work with. (The audio book should be a blast.)

It's fun, uses the character of Callum to naturally engage with topics from bullying to endangered species, and all with a great sense of humor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Boy Who Howled Oct. 29 2010
By Susan Burdett - Published on
This is a delightful book that will appeal to elementary students as well as adults. The boy, Callum, is a quick learner between both the animal and human worlds. It ends predictably but with much humor! I loved it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very fun to read! Dec 29 2010
By Jose Suerte - Published on
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Family truly enjoyed this book, INCLUDING our 11-year old son, who often finds videos more compelling. It's imaginative and colorful with quirky characters, and has a nice pace. Scenes of middle school life seem right on, plus we learned something about wolf pack relations in a fun way. Many laugh-out-loud moments. Our son sat down and read it and said he was sorry when it was over! No better review than that!
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