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  • Hardcover: 449 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Butterfly (Oct. 28 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097816007X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978160074
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #941,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bio-diversity on Oct. 24 2011
Format: Paperback
Dorris Heffron has walked a fine line between fact and fiction and has created a wonderful story. It's about time the stories of Canada's history were told. What a wonderful movie this would make, if it doesn't get silly Disney hokey. I can just see the story set in the amazing panoramas of Canada's natural scenery. Perhaps Robert Redford would pick it up in the same vein as Milagro Beanfield Wars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dogs in Canada on Feb. 16 2011
Format: Paperback
This work of historical fiction follows Meg Wilkinson from her childhood in Halifax through her struggle to become Canada's first female veterinarian and her journey north in the early days of the Yukon gold rush. Driven by her love of wolves and her fascination with sled dogs, Wilkinson arrives in Dawson City as waves of fortune seekers fan out over the territory to stake their claims. Throughout the tale, Wilkinson is watched over by the restless spirits of an Inuit couple, the first to take wolves from the wild and raise them to pull sleds. Painstakingly researched, CITY WOLVES weaves together history and fiction to document the evolution of sled dogs and delve into the similarities between the social structure of wolves and humans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Engel on Sept. 8 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a great novel, I've read it twice.

The story is about Meg Wilkinson, a strong woman who takes adventure where she can find it. She leaves home and tragedy in Nova Scotia for the rough and wild territory of the Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. Meg's trailblazing tendency, both literal and figurative, leads her to become the first female veterinarian in Canada. She does it bravely but without flamboyance. Just simple adventure. Some support her, some do not. She takes the support and leaves the rest.
Meg falls in love with the independent, spirited sled dogs of the north.
Meg's story is laced with the Inuit tale of Ike and Piji, an ancient couple of the Malamute tribe who raise wolf pups as children and founded the Malamute sled dog breed.
The read is easy, but the digestion lasts long after the pages are turned. The real-life aspect of the story makes it a compelling, adventurous and authentic tale. The characters are varied, real and so interesting!
Do read this book. It should become a Canadian classic.
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Format: Hardcover
AS REVIEWED BY CAROLYN GOSSAGE : There is something about the image of a sled dog that immediately strikes a respondent chord in my mush-loving heart. Almost from the moment I cracked open Dorris Heffron's CITY WOLVES ( Dundurn Press, Toronto ) I was captivated. Weaving historical fact and colourful fictitious characters, Heffron takes us on a journey that begins with a spirited young backwoods girl who, at any early age, develops a special kinship with a local wolf pack. After arriving in Halifax to continue her education,this early affinity soon translates into an unswerving ambition to work with animals and become accepted as a student at the local veterinary college. In the late 1800's, for a young woman, this was hardly a viable option, but neither is Heffron's heroine someone willing to sit on her hands and take no for an answer.
After more than a few unexpected twists and turns in the story-line, we find ourselves in the rip-roaring Canadian Yukon in the midst of the 1898 Gold Rush. The land of sled dogs, prospectors and whiskey by the barrel. It's a powerful mix and Heffron doesn't disappoint. The magic of her love affair with malemutes is borne out in the telling of this meticulously researched turn-of-the century tale of adventure in the frozen North.
PS .. And a thumbs up for CITY WOLVES from CBC's Shelagh Rogers, too !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
City Wolves Oct. 17 2011
By bio-diversity - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I own and have bred Alaskan Malamutes. My dogs are from the Storm Kloud line, Nancy Russell's kennel. I enjoyed this book on a number of levels:
1. Finally we are getting some wonderful historical fiction about Canada - not the dry history from dusty history books that has been served up in our education system, but stories that bring Canada to life. Canada has stories, wonderful stories and we need to tell the stories.
2. This book is well written; good descriptive passages, good character studies and,as a reader,I would like to know more about the lives described by Dorris Hefflon.
3. Above all, the story of the dogs. Alaskan malamutes are a challenge: gorgeous, opinionated, scary to some, definitely not for everyone, but give their souls to their work and to the pack leader who earns their allegiance and respect.
As a Canadian, who loves the outdoors and the fact we still have the opportunity to interact with our wildlife, and it isn't always "safe", I thought this book is a very good read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
city wolves June 1 2010
By Arlene Koyle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The best book I've read in years! Fiction that reads like fact - Dorris Heffron is a stellar author who tells an enthralling tale of life during the Yukon Goldrush and the hardships endured by the settlers (and their dogs) in Dawson City. When can I get it for the iPad?
good book Jan. 16 2014
By Tillie Ruth Lile - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love story and books about this era, lots of history and lots of excitement . I think I will read this book again.
CITY WOLVES: historical adventure at its finest Oct. 9 2013
By alex szollo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm fascinated with dogs and I'm a huge historical fiction buff, so this book seemed like a must-read, and it really is! Set in the 19th century, it chronicles the life of Meg Wilkinson, a female vet trying to make a living during the famous gold rush of the time, ending up as The Dog Doctor of Halifax. The novel is beautifully written, with memorable characters that leap off the page, and a gripping storyline that keeps the pages turning. It is obviously written by a dog lover, the relationship between sled dogs and the humans who mush them being very well fleshed out. Strong main character, epic scope, astonishing panorama of the times, shades of a ghost/spirit story going on... 10 stars out of 5!
City Wolves Jan. 25 2013
By Elfie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Doris Heffron is a well-established writer of long standing whose work is always worth reading. Considered one of the originators of the Young Adult (YA) genre.

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