Kavik the Wolf Dog. Walt Morey

Dutton, 1968; Awarded 1971.

Synopsis: Kavik, a dog with wolf ancestry, leads an Alaskan sled dog team to victory and is then sold to Mr. Hunter, a rich tycoon. The plane carrying Kavik to his new home in Seattle crashes, killing the pilot and seriously wounding Kavik. Fifteen-year-old Andy Evans discovers the crash three days later and, with the help of his family, nurses Kavik back to health. Mr. Hunter eventually comes to retrieve his dog, and takes him to Seattle. But Kavik soon escapes and makes the 2,000-mile journey back to the boy he loves.

Themes: Wolves; Alaska; Survival

Author information: SATA vol. 51

Discussion questions:  Standard 3, Benchmark 3
1. How would you feel if your doctor treated both people and animals?
2. Was Kavik’s journey from Seattle to Alaska possible? Why or why not?
3. What do you think would have happened if Mr. Hunter had taken Kavik back the second time?

1. Find pictures of all the animals mentioned in this book.  Standard 1, Benchmark 1
2. How good is your sense of direction? Have someone blindfold you and spin you around. Try to determine which way is north.  Standard 3, Benchmark 2
3. Find an atlas and plot a course from Seattle, Washington to Alaska. Try to determine what route Kavik took on his journey.  Standard 2, Benchmark 4