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Book Review: Guardians of the Taiga by StacyPlays

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Genre: Middle Grade
Series: Wild Rescuers, book 1
Rating: 5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes

 

Summary (via Goodreads):
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Stacy was raised by wolves. She’s never needed humans to survive and, from what she sees of humans, they’re dangerous and unpredictable. For as long as she can remember, Stacy’s pack of six powerful, playful wolves—Addison, Basil, Everest, Noah, Tucker and Wink—have been her only family.

Together, Stacy’s pack patrols the forest to keep other animals safe, relying on her wits and each wolf’s unique abilities to accomplish risky rescue missions. But as the forest changes and new dangers begin lurking, are Stacy and the wolves prepared for the perils that await them?

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My Review:
I wanted to read this book because it featured a girl “literally” raised by wolves (my spirit animals). She and her pack live peacefully together in the taiga forest where occasionally they rescue other wild life.

You really have to suspend your disbelief where the wolves are concerned. I wouldn’t call this outright fantasy, but there is a definite fantastic angle to the story which I liked. The story kind of reminds me of a modern-day The Jungle Book.

Guardians of the Taiga touches upon global issues of how deforestation, illegal hunting for sport, and negligently misplaced garbage affect wildlife and the environment. Stacy, the human MC, is a kind and brave girl. She loves her pack just as much as she loves the animals in the forest. She fully understands the circle of life that takes place in the wild. She really dislikes what humans have started to do to the land surrounding the taiga and how campers leave a lot of trash behind. This allusion to real-world problems really adds to the story.

I loved the illustrations included in each chapter. I loved the wolf pack and all the additional animals they encounter. You also get to learn about the taiga as a biome. The climax of the story was sad but epic.

I can’t wait to read book 2. I wonder if the unanswered questions of book 1 will be answered in book 2.

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