Jack London’s classic The Call of the Wild details the story of one dog’s journey from pampered puppy to lord of the wild. Set in the tumultuous times of the Klondike Gold Rush, circa 1897, a large Saint Bernard/Scotch Shepherd mix, named Buck, is torn from his lavish lifestyle when he is unwittingly sold by one his master’s employees. Headed towards Seattle, and then sent up North to become a part of a dog sled team, Buck is forced to endure the competitive hammerings of fellow work dogs, and as he changes hands, a slew of different owners, some competent, and others dismally unfit to manage a team of dogs. As he ventures further and further into the wild, Buck’s primitive instincts flare up with increasing regularity, and soon the masterful dog must decide on his final affiliation – to be with humanity or one with nature? Engrossing with its engaging action sequences, students will delight in Buck’s ‘evolution’ into a strong dominant, paralleled with his ‘devolution’ to primordial dog. The Call of the Wild is also given an authentic edge lent by London’s own experience as a Klondike adventurer.