Winter weather is right around the corner — maybe you’ve already turned that corner — and it’s time to bring out the books that will keep your kids reading long into the evening, curled up on the couch or hiding with a flashlight under their covers. No one brings adventure to life quite like Jack London! Here are his 4 best-loved short novels! These stories are not for the faint of heart.
Cruise of the Dazzler, 82 pgs , published in 1902. Joe Bronson runs away from home to join the small crew of the Dazzler. Joe quickly realizes the captain, French Pete, is involved in illegal practices, which include stealing the safe from Joe’s father’s business! Will Joe and his crew mate ever escape French Pete and go home again?
The Call of the Wild, 64 pgs, published in 1903. Buck, a beautiful, large dog living a peaceful life in sunny California, is stolen and sold on the black market to brutal prospectors looking for gold in the Yukon. Buck’s life and personality are turned upside down. Will he ever return home and become again the gentle dog he once was?
White Fang , 160 pgs, published in 1906. This is somewhat the story of The Call of the Wild in reverse. That’s all I’m going to say. You can read for yourself to learn if White Fang’s life turns out happy or not.
The Sea Wolf, 144 pgs, published in 1904 Here again is a variation of the Call of the Wild story, but this time with a man instead of a dog. Can a refined and educated person experience extreme brutality at sea and then return to civilized life?
High School reading level, 64 – 160 pages, Books for Boys, Adventure, Published 1902 – 1906