Book Review – The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Happy Monday! Hope you were all able to enjoy your weekend. I took a three days off from work for some down time. Well, I did get some down time, but it seemed to be a weekend to catch up on home things. Errands on Friday, some spring house cleaning on Saturday and some home projects on Sunday.

With all of the things I got done, one big accomplishment happened on Sunday evening, the paperback version of The Hard Way was published on CreateSpace. It should be available on later this week. So excited! Now, with both versions available, I’ll start learning what it takes to get the word out and get working on marketing.

In the meantime, while I was looking at the bookcase with the boys books in it again,  The Call of the Wild was calling to me. I remember reading this book in middle school. Ok, so it has been awhile. The version we have for the boys and the one I read was an adapted version of the story, so I didn’t have all of the story development as London originally wrote it.


The Call of the Wild

Selma’s Book Review

Book Title

The Call of the Wild


Jack London

Type of Book

Adventure Fiction. The adapted version I read could be understood and enjoyed by a middle grade reader. The full version may be more suitable for a young adult reader.


According to Wikipedia, this book was written by London in 1903. He drew from his experiences in the Alaskan Gold Rush in 1897. It was first published in installments in the Saturday Evening Post and London was paid $750. Then McMillan bought the rights to the story later that same year and published it in book form. London was paid $2000 from them.

Summary of the story

The story is set in the late 1800s when many men where making their way to Alaska for the Klondike gold rush. Many larger size dogs were needed to pull the sleds to bring the men and gear to hopefully find their riches. They needed bigger dogs to pull the sleds. There were men who would kidnap domesticated dogs and sell them into serving as sled dogs. Buck was one of those dogs. And this story is about his adventure in the Klondike.

Reactions to the book

I did enjoy this version of the book. My heart was pulled by the treatment of the dogs that were pulling the sleds. But, put into the time and place, it was the reality of the situation.

I would recommend this adventure novel to any middle grade reader. I would stick to the adapted form for this age group. They still get the main points of the story, but don’t get all of the details of the brutal things that happened to the dogs. It was a violent time and place. I think the adapted version still depicts that in a much lighter light. More appropriate for a sensitive reader.

If you are interested in learning more about the author, here is a link to his website Jack London. If you are looking to pick up a copy of the adapted version of the book, here is a link to it on The Call of the Wild or through the Scholastic Store The Call of the Wild – Scholastic Store.

I have reserved The Sea-wolf from our local library. It is another popular story London wrote after The Call of the Wild. Since I haven’t read this one yet, I think I’ll read an unadapted version.


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Selma P. Verde

Plans the jet set life for others as an aircraft scheduler by day and coordinates a family life for my fiancée, two kids and a dog by night. Writing is a passion that I can't let go of. I struggle to make time to write, but I keep plugging away at it. I have lived in Minnesota all of my life and continue to love the four seasons and ten thousand lakes the state is known for. Some of my favorite places to write and create are by many of those lakes. Be sure to look for my first published book, The Hard Way, on

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