One night after Wolf Boy deafeats an English Stafforshire, he escapes, then travels over a 400 miles, and finally reaches Willa Webbers family just as they are moving to New Orleans. The moving van wrecks and Willas German Shepherd puppy is rescued by Old Howler, an old gray wolf, with aching dugs, because she has lost her pups to hunters. Old Howler takes the pup to her den in the swamp, nurses it, then makes kills for it, and trains him in wolf ways. Heart-broken, Willa comes to the swamp with her father and Aunt Maggy and begs Jean to look for her puppy. Jean , impressed by the girl, keeps his word, but it takes him a long time to find the animal. Old Howler, though cunning, is old, and no match for the younger male wolf and his mate. Finally, the two gray wolfs surprise Old Howler, and Wolf Boy arrives too late to save her. Jean discovers the dog and uses fresh meat to entice him to come home. Jean captures Wolf Boy in the smokehouse. People come from afar to see the wolf-dog. Brush Lockwood, a dog fighting thug, steals Wolf Boy, takes him far away, and fights him in several states. Wolf Boy is undefeated. But he hates his masterhomeJeans home. Willa comes up from New Orleans, but decides to leave Wolf Boy with Jean.
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George Harmon Smith has written 12 hardback novels for young readers, and many softcover novels. His novels have won over 30 major awards. His novel, Bayou Boy, was made into a very successful Walt Disney movie. He was inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame in 1983. Used titles of his novels may sometimes be purchased at online bookstores for a very high price.
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