Winter of the Wolf Martha Hunt Handler
An exploration in grief, suicide, spiritualism, and Inuit culture, Winter of the Wolf follows Bean, an empathic and spiritually evolved fifteen-year-old, who is determined to unravel the mystery of her brother Sam’s death. Though all evidence points to a suicide, her heart and intuition compel her to dig deeper. With help from her friend Julie, they retrace Sam’s steps, delve into his Inuit beliefs, and reconnect with their spiritual beliefs to uncover clues beyond material understanding.
Both tragic and heartwarming, this twisting novel draws you into Bean's world as she struggles with grief, navigates high school dramas, and learns to open her heart in order to see the true nature of the people around her. Winter of the Wolf is about seeking the truth—no matter how painful—in order to see the full picture.
In this novel, environmentalist and award-winning author, Martha Handler, brings together two important pieces of her life—the death of her best friend’s son and her work as president of the Wolf Conservation Center—to tell an empathetic and powerful story with undeniable messages.
This is a well written spiritual mystery. A grieving teenager's perspective clearly depicts a family crisis/tragedy. The oral storytelling shows the what-if scenarios often faced in an unexpected death. We learn of social norms, cultural rituals, and see phases of self-regulated learning being applied. Additionally, the storyline demonstrates the respect and protection of wildlife and nature.
I received this book through the generosity of Anna Sacca, Senior Publicity Manager with FSB Associates
About the Author
Martha Hunt Handler grew up dreaming of wolves and has always understood that her role in this lifetime is to tell stories and be a voice for nature. She has been an environmental consultant, a magazine columnist, an actress, and a polar explorer, among other occupations. When she and her four children relocated from Los Angeles to New York more than twenty years ago she began to literally hear the howls of wolves. This marked the beginning of her work advocating on behalf of wolves at the Wolf Conservation Center (nywolf.org). Winter of the Wolf is Martha's debut novel.
All book sales proceeds received by the author will go to the Wolf Conservation Center (nywolf.org), a nonprofit environmental organization with a mission to 1) educate the public about the vital role that wolves, as keystone predators, play in our ecosystem, 2) advocate on behalf of wolves by equipping the public with pertinent knowledge and tools, and 3) participate in the recovery plans of the two most critically endangered animals in North America: the red wolf and the Mexican gray wolf.