Never Cry Wolf is set in the late 1940s in the middle of Keewatin, the easternmost district of Canada's vast Northwest Territories....

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Literary Qualities

Because Mowat wishes to impart an important message in Never Cry Wolf, he presents his true story in a simple and direct manner....

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Social Sensitivity

Mowat advances a respect for life and an environmental ethic in Never Cry Wolf. Criticizing those members of society who, like the...

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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

King, James. Farley: The Life of Farley Mowat. South Royalton, Vt.: Steerforth Press, 2002.

Lucas, Alec. Farley Mowat. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1976.

Orange, John. Writing the Squib: A Biography of Farley Mowat. Toronto: ECW, 1993.

Thomas, Wendy, ed. A Farley Mowat Reader. Niwot, Colo.: Roberts Rinehart, 1997.

York, Lorraine. Introducing Farley Mowat’s “The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be.” Canadian Fiction Series. Toronto: ECW, 1990.

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Topics for Discussion

1. Mowat pokes fun at government bureaucrats who plan research projects without being properly informed. How does he make these government...

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Ideas for Reports and Papers

1. Never Cry Wolf suggests that human beings, not wolves, are ruthless killers who slaughter for pleasure. Show how the myths of...

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Related Titles / Adaptations

In 1983 Walt Disney Productions released a film version of Never Cry Wolf, starring Charles Martin Smith as the Mowat character,...

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For Further Reference

Kenney, Harry C. "Amber Eyes in the Arctic." Christian Science Monitor (October 3, 1963): 11. Kenney's review of Never Cry Wolf...

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