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Orca Fall 2022

Wolf Island
Photographs by: Ian McAllister By (author): Nicholas Read

Photographs by :

Ian McAllister , Nicholas Read


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book
Paperback , Picture book


Juvenile: Age (years) 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) 1 - 3, Grade (US) 1 - 3, Reading age 6 - 8
Sep 13, 2022
Print Run: 5000
$14.95 CAD


8.75in x 10.75 x 0.13 in | 140 gr

Page Count:

32 pages


30 Halftones, color , 1 Colour illustrations
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Wolves, Coyotes & Wild Dogs
Children’s / Teenage general interest: Dogs and wolves|Interest age: from c 6 years|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Wildlife and habitats|Children’s / Teenage social issues: Environment and green issues
British Columbia
Silver Birch Express Award 2018, Short-listed Resource Links The Year's Best 2017, Commended Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize 2018, Short-listed Animal Behavior Society's Outstanding Children's Book Award 2018, Winner
  • Short Description
This nonfiction picture book is illustrated with stunning wildlife photographs and tells the story of a lone wolf who swims to an island in the Great Bear Rainforest.
How did wolves end up on a secluded island?

"The story is really told by the big, bright pictures—which glow with the rhythms and beauties of this remote habitat...Enthralling fare for budding naturalists." —Kirkus Reviews

The Great Bear Rainforest is a majestic place full of tall trees, huge bears and endless schools of salmon. Award-winning photographer and author Ian McAllister's luminous photographs illustrate the story of a lone wolf who swims to one of the small islands that dot the rainforest's coast. The island provides him with everything he needs—deer, salmon, fresh water—everything, that is, but a mate. When a female wolf arrives on the island's rocky shores, she and he start a family and introduce their pups to the island's bounty.

Wolf Island is part of the My Great Bear Rainforest series, which includes The Seal Garden, A Bear's Life and A Whale's World.

Key Selling Points

  • These books introduce young readers to important concepts, including ecological systems, habitats and animal behaviors. They will inspire children to become the next generation of environmental stewards.
  • Ian McAllister’s film Great Bear Rainforest premiered at select IMAX theaters across North America in 2019. The film is narrated by Ryan Reynolds.
  • Ian McAllister is an award-winning photographer and co-founder of Pacific Wild, a Canadian nonprofit wildlife-conservation group. He lives in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest and dedicates his life to protecting the region.
  • Wolf Island was shortlisted for the Silver Birch Express Award and the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize, and it won the Animal Behavior Society's Outstanding Children's Book Award.

Ian McAllister is an award-winning photographer and author of numerous books. Ian directed the 2019 IMAX film Great Bear Rainforest and co-wrote the film's tie-in book, Great Bear Rainforest: A Giant Screen Adventure in the Land of the Spirit Bear. A recipient of the North American Nature Photography Association's Vision Award and the Rainforest Action Network's Rainforest Hero Award, he and his wife, Karen, were named by Time magazine "Leaders of the 21st Century" for their efforts to protect British Columbia's endangered rainforest. The co-founder of Pacific Wild, a Canadian nonprofit wildlife-conservation group, Ian lives with his family in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest.

Nicholas Read is a retired journalist and journalism instructor who has written 12 books for children including two series about the Great Bear Rainforest with Ian McAllister. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

"The story is really told by the big, bright pictures—which glow with the rhythms and beauties of this remote habitat...Enthralling fare for budding naturalists." - Kirkus Reviews

"Striking photographs chronicle the life span of a male wolf in the Great Bear Rainforest...Careful and varied page layouts include concise, vivid language that describes his journey and images that bring the reader up close—all this is missing is the feeling of misty air on skin...This well-made title offers great visual detail supported by age-appropriate text." - School Library Journal

"Readers will find much to like about the written account of the wolf's first year on his own...With Ian McAllister's wondrous photos and Nicholas Read's accessible text, young readers are sure to learn why it is of great importance to protect and sustain the Great Bear Rainforest." - Sal's Fiction Addiction

"Wolf Island is an absolutely gorgeous book with amazing photographs and text explaining the life of a wolf in simple and evocative language. The book will be a great addition to all libraries. While the book is intended for those in the early grades, there is enough here to intrest older readers, leading them to the other books by this author/photographer pair and to other nature stories and nonfiction. What more can you ask for? Highly recommended." - CM Magazine

"On this adventure the reader learns many fascinating facts about the sea wolves...Each beautiful photograph enhances and illustrates the corresponding text...Wolf Island is highly recommended for both school and public libraries. The book would be a useful addition to study units on nature, ecological systems, habitat and, of course, wolves. It is also an excellent read-aloud for any story time group." - Resource Links

"Filled with beautiful color photographs of the wolves that live in the Great Bear Rainforest...This is definitely one that will be enjoyed by children who love wolves." - Youth Services Book Reviews

"This non-fiction narrative is filled with facts and scientific details to explain the habitat and lifestyle of wolves living on an island. Their story is compelling and interesting. The photography in this book is stunning with panoramic views and detailed close-up images to support the text...This book is a good choice for those looking for engaging narrative nonfiction." - School Library Connection

"Visually spectacular, Wolf Island and A Bear's Life work best as a pair, showing how different types of animals navigate the vast and ancient rainforest in both different and similar ways. Read together, these books—and undoubtedly any others that will be added to the series in the future—provide opportunities for readers to compare and contrast the habits, homes and personalities of some of their favourite animals in a highly engaging and informative way. Full of universal themes the books in the My Great Bear Rainforest series will delight readers of all interests and abilities. " - Canadian Children's Book News

"This is a good book for anyone who reads in because it is interesting." - Ben, age 7, grade 2, Canadian Teacher

“This is an engagingly up-close visit with the species.” - The Horn Book Online

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